With Tim Threlfall being instrumental in getting five new works premiering on BYU stages in the past five years, he has now added a sixth. The U.S. premiere of Chariots of Fire, directed by Tim Threlfall, opened on Friday, March 31. Tim saw the show in 2012 during the London Olympics and called Jeff Martin who worked 5 years to get clearance to perform the work on the BYU Main Stage Season. Doug Ellis, a professional scenic designer who has worked at BYU, created the unique set that includes bleachers onstage and a track running through the audience. From the iconic Vangelis music of the 1981 film to several unconventional conventions, this is a production the whole family will enjoy! The college hosted about forty members of the College Leadership Council opening night, with Wade Hollingshaus and Tim Threlfall welcoming them to the production. We appreciate all those involved with this outstanding production, including all who spent extra hours, including lighting design by Michael Kraczek (with over 200 lighting cues!), costume design by Dennis Wright, hair and makeup design by student Marneé Porter, sound design and original score by Daniel Nash, dramaturgy done by Shelley Graham, stage management by Lindsi Neilson, music direction by Korianne Orton Johnson, and choreography by Becky Wright Phillips.
Here are some local and regional news stories on the production.
- Provo Daily Herald: http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/arts-and-theater/theater/byu-bursts-out-of-blocks-with-u-s-premiere-of/article_8991ce3c-7bf4-572f-8434-583226a827d5.html
- The Salt Lake Tribune: http://www.sltrib.com/home/5112336-155/running-for-stage-glory-as-byu
- Utah Valley 360: http://utahvalley360.com/2017/03/30/byu-premiere-of-chariots-of-fire/
- Broadway World, Salt Lake City: http://www.broadwayworld.com/salt-lake-city/article/CHARIOTS-OF-FIRE-to-Make-US-Premiere-at-BYU-20170323
- BYU News
This week is the last week that you’ll be able to see The Crucible, directed by David Morgan. The play’s dramaturgs, Amanda Alley and her assistant, Kristin Perkins, have written some excellent articles in the Fourth Wall blog that include a brief history of the Salem witch trial and the Red Scare of the 1940’s and 50’s with the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). To read more, go here: http://4thwalldramaturgy.byu.edu/category/crucible Tickets are sold out, but standby tickets are offered at the door immediately prior to the start of the performance. Here is a link that explains how to get standby tickets: http://arts.byu.edu/2017/03/standby-tickets-for-the-crucible/
Last week’s forums included the following topics.
- In the media arts forum, Dean Duncan lead a conversation on the book media arts student received for Christmas: Robert Bresson’s Notes on the Cinematograph.
- The theatre forum in the Nelke, hosted by Megan Sanborn Jones, included seven reports from apprentices who served in the production shops this semester.
- The theatre forum in B-201 focused on all BFA majors and “preemies” (BFA Acting pre-majors). Hosted by the BFA Acting faculty, Stephanie Breinholt, Adam Houghton, and David Morgan, pre-majors and majors were reminded of the requirements and opportunities in the BFA Acting program.
Appearing on the front page of last week’s March 27 Shoot online (the digital version of Shoot magazine, a well-known trade publication since 1960) is a spotlight on media arts alum Cole Webley, the director of the noteworthy 84 Lumber’s ad during the Superbowl. Read the article, which quotes Webley on his experiences in making the commercial and some of his upcoming projects, here.
TMA recent graduate Dan Smith was just nominated for a Daytime Emmy as part of the team for Outstanding Sound Editing in Animation for Dragons: Race to the Edge, a Netflix/Dreamworks Animation. The Sound Supervisor was Otis Van Osten, the Sound Editor was Josh Johnson, the Dialogue Editor was Jason Oliver, and the Foley Editor was Dan Smith. Full list of Daytime Emmy nominations here. Winners will be announced on April 30. Dan currently works for Warner Bros. Studios in L.A.