Congratulations to Kyle Stapley who was nominated for and received a Staff and Administrative Employee Recognition Award (SAERA) (http://www.byu.edu/hr/) for demonstrating the value of Teamwork. The nomination was submitted by Randa Alvord, who works in the College Advisement Center, for Kyle’s extra mile help as they reorganized and trained their staff in the Advisement Center. Marden Clark, who represented the university, presented Kyle the award during Writers Conference last week.
Broadway, TV, and film star Kristin Chenoweth visited BYU last week for two sold-out performances in the de Jong Concert Hall. She performed a selection of songs from her latest album, The Art of Elegance, as well as standards from the American songbook and a variety of modern compositions (including a very touching rendition of The Eagles’ “Heart of the Matter”). Twelve local singers, including eight BYU MDT/TMA alumni and/or current students joined Ms. Chenoweth for the final two songs on the program (See photo below). She delivered a great message about making your mark in the world and proclaiming your faith. Jeff Martin says she and her team were an absolute joy to work and interact with. Jeff announced from the stage prior to the performances that Chenoweth will return to BYU in October 2017 to headline the university’s annual production of BYU Spectacular! in the Marriott Center.
The 2017-18 BYU Theatre season has been announced! Rich in variety, the season features compelling dramas, theatre for young audiences, and two musicals. Productions include: The Glorious Story Emporium, The Mill on the Floss, Into the Woods, Romeo y Julieta, Mary Stuart, Single Wide and Anne of Green Gables. Dates for all productions can be found online at byutheatre.byu.edu.
Adam Houghton just finished a successful performance in A Number where he played three at the Colman Theatre, College of St. Benedict in St. Cloud, MN. Although the production had been mounted before, he and his collaborator, Tom Darnall, used a very unusual method of rehearsal since they were thousands of miles apart. The St. Cloud Times wrote about their rehearsal process, which was on the front page (theatre getting more coverage than hockey!). “Long-distance castmates prove there is ‘A Number’ of ways to make theater” Read the full article here.
ST. JOSEPH — When Tom Darnall and Adam Houghton sit down for rehearsal, the typical preparation is involved. They look over their scripts — a blue and white bound copy of English playwright Caryl Churchill’s A Number — to ensure they have memorized their lines; they grab a sip of water and take a moment of quiet preparation to get into character. Then, they log on to their computers. Darnall sits at the desk in his home office in St. Cloud while Houghton signs on from Provo, Utah, where he teaches at Brigham Young University. Though separated by over 1,200 miles, the pair meet regularly online by virtue of a video conferencing service called Zoom to rehearse.