Free Screening of Jane and Emma

There will be a screening held on Friday, September 14 in the Varsity Theater at 10am of the upcoming LDS film, Jane and Emma. The screening is sponsored by the Maxwell Institute and there will be a discussion afterwards with the director Chantelle Squires (a Theater and Media Arts alumni) and Sterling Van Wagenen. The film is being distributed by Deseret Book/Excel Entertainment and will open on October 12 in theaters.

To view the trailer, click on the link below:



Theater Presentation 2018: The Princess and the Goblin

Classic Story Theatre will be presenting a Readers Theater Presentation of The Princess and the Goblin. It will be at the Orem Library Monday, November 5 at 7pm. This is a musical adaption of George MacDonald’s classic tale with music by Robert Peterson. Book is written by BYU alumnus Gayanne Ramsden King with lyrics by Robert Peterson, Gayanne Ramsden King, and George G. King. This is a story for the whole family so don’t miss out on this event!

The Utah Women & Leadership Project 2018

The Utah Women & Leadership Project (UWLP) has a number of women and leadership announcements (research, events, and resources) this month from our work and that of our partners (I skipped sending one out in June, so there are a bunch).

First, a few months ago we hosted a gathering of 25 school counselors from the Alpine School District to brainstorm ideas about how counselors can use their position to strengthen the impact of girls and women. Today we are releasing the final product from this gathering titled “What School Counselors Can do to Strengthen the Impact of Utah Young Women.” This is part of our “What Can I Do?” Initiative. Please make sure the counselors in your local schools get a copy from you! We will hold another “What Can I Do?” think tank titled “How Male Allies Can Advance Female Colleagues at Work, and we are looking for 25 men (who are already working hard to support and empower their female colleagues in their professional pursuits) to join us for a 2-hour session to be held at Adobe in Lehi (thanks to Adobe for hosting it). More details and RSVPs can be found here.

Second, we are pleased to announce we are partnering with Silicon Slopes to host a Women in Leadership Chapter. More details will be released in the next month, but individuals, groups, and networks can join now. Also, I have two new LinkedIn articles that may be of interest: “Strengthening Women’s Leadership Identity: Part I” and “Part II”.

Third, we have our first community event planned for September 26, 2018 (6:30-8:30pm, UVU). The evening is titled “Navigating Transitions: Finding New Paths, Passions, and Purpose.” Ruth Todd (former award-winning television news anchor in Utah) will be the keynote speaker, after which attendees will choose one of three workshops:

  • Young Women in Transition: How to Thrive When Life Keeps Changing!
  • Navigating the Home to Workforce Transition
  • Discovering New Purpose for Empty Nesters, Retirees, and Aspiring Souls

Details about session speakers, facilitators, and panelists can be found on this flyer. RSVP NOW. We also welcome you to attend a community gathering titled “Strengthen Your Impact as Girls & Women,” with us in Tooele, Utah on September 12, 2018 (6:30-8:00pm).  We will also be working with partners in Price, Utah to hold a community gathering there on September 13, 2018 (6:30-8:00pm).

Fourth, the Utah Women’s Economic Forum (a free event) is being held at UVU on Friday, August 17, 2018 from 6:00-9:00pm. Diversify is hosting and the UWLP is partnering on this event. The flyer has all of the details—there are breakout sessions by wonderful and knowledgeable presenters. It has a focus on investing and entrepreneurship for women.

Fifth, our partners have some upcoming events you may be interested in. First, the Women’s Leadership Institute is hosting their 3rd Annual Women’s Golf Clinic & Tournament on August 28 from 7:00am-1:00pm at Thanksgiving Point. For those interested in running for public office at any level, registrations are now open for the WLI Political Development Series that starts this fall and runs for six months. Also, save the date for the first-ever Utah Women’s Policy Conference, August 23-24, 2018 at the Thomas S. Monson Center in downtown Salt Lake City. One-day registrations will also be available. Sign up for email updates and be the first to know when registration opens! Contact Erin Jemison, Policy Director at YWCA Utah, with questions: Follow/like our social media platforms for timely announcements and partner efforts (LinkedInFacebook, and Twitter).

Sixth, suffrage and enfranchisement describe Utah history but these are unfamiliar words to many Utah students. Yet, Utah was the first place where a woman voted in the United States. Better Days 2020 (one of our partners) has launched its educational curriculum to bring Utah women’s history stories into classrooms across the state. There are Utah women resources now available for teachers and families. They have compiled stories of Utah women in history at, posted lessons for 4th and 7th grade Utah Studies, and have resources for all interested students on their website.

Finally, the Salt Lake County Mayor’s Office is currently seeking applicants for a number of Salt Lake County Boards and Commissions. More details can be found here. In addition, more details about where to go for information on committees, boards, and commissions in cities, counties, and the state level—can be found on our website here.

Have a great July!

Alpine Community Theater 2018: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Joseph is turning 50!  Come celebrate Joseph’s 50th anniversary as Alpine Community Theater (ACT) proudly presents Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat!  Full of memorable songs and lauded as one of the most enduring shows of all time, Joseph reimagines the biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, his 11 brothers, and his coat of many colors.  The talented cast of over 100 features a mix of seasoned thespians and first time stars.  The show runs July 19 – 30, 2018 at the Valentine Theater, 839 North 900 East in American Fork, Utah.  Performances will be held at 7:00 pm on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday evenings and 2:00pm for the matinee performances each Saturday.


Come celebrate with us and enjoy a fun, technicolor experience! Tickets are now available at For more information contact Laura Snyder at 801-404-0736 or visit the ACT website.


ACT is a 100% volunteer organization, “Where everyone can get into the ACT!” ACT provides exceptional family friendly theater experiences for the residents of Northern Utah County and encourages everyone to get involved and “get in the ACT”.


Photographer:  Amy Johnson

Joseph- Cole Souza

Narrators (from left to right)- Courtney Byrom, Emily Hawkes, Aimee Ritchie, Tara Kearl

Hale Center Theatre in Orem 2019 Season

Hale Center Theatre in Orem is happy to announce the scheduled productions for next year’s season!

“The Odd Couple” by Neil Simon
December 31, 2018 – February 9, 2019

Two unlikely roommates—a neat-freak journalist and a sloppy sports writer—drive each other up the wall. This laugh-out-loud comedy is just the right kind of odd.

“Newsies” Music by Alan Menken; Lyrics by Jack Feldman; Book by Harvey Fierstein

February 22, 2019 – April 20, 2019
Based on the classic Disney film, this new musical features catchy songs and a posse of newsboy underdogs you can’t help but root for.

“Tuck Everlasting” 
Book by Claudia Shear & Tim Federle; Music by Chris Miller; Lyrics by Nathan Tysen
May 3, 2019 – June 15, 2019

A new musical based on the classic children’s book, a young girl stumbles upon a family who have discovered a spring that gives everlasting life.

“Million Dollar Quartet” Book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux

June 28, 2019 – August 3, 2019

The true story of how Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis wound up in an impromptu once-in-a-lifetime jam session.

“Charley’s Aunt” By Brandon Thomas

August 15, 2019 – September 14, 2019

A hilarious British farce surrounding Charley and his friends—all hopelessly in love. Victorian etiquette requires a chaperone, so when Charley’s aunt doesn’t arrive, comic confusion ensues.

“Thoroughly Modern Millie” Book by Richard Henry Morris & Dick Scanlan; New Music by Jeanine Tesori; New Lyrics by Dick Scanlan

September 27, 2019 – November 23, 2019

An award-winning musical about Millie Dillmount who buys a one-way ticket to New York City in search of marriage, money, and the modern life.

“A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens with music by Cody Hale

November 30, 2019 – Dec. 23, 2019
The classic Charles Dickens’ story of cold-hearted, Ebenezer Scrooge, and the three Christmas spirits who give him a chance to redeem a life of selfishness.
Season tickets will go on sale to current subscribers July 16, 2018 and new subscribers August 1, 2018. Can’t wait to see you there!!

hale center 2019 season