Audition 2019: The Old Grantsville Church Dinner Theater – Beauty and the Beast

The Old Grantsville Church Dinner Theater announces auditions for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast August 22nd and 23rd. Walk in on either evening between 7 and 9 p.m. at 297 West Clark Street, Grantsville, UT, and come prepared to sing a short Broadway-Style song for audition. Performances will be October 24th through 28th. For more info call/text (435)241-8131.

Audition 2019: Utah Children’s Theatre – Alice in Wonderland

Auditions will be held Saturday, August 24th from 9:30am to 12:30pm. Please sign up for an audition time here. The auditions will be at the Utah Children’s Theatre STUDIOS: 3601 S State Street SLC, UT 84115. Please bring a headshot and resume to the audition. Memorize one side found here. Please email auditions@uctheatre.org for any questions.

Audition 2019: Alpine Community Theater – A Christmas Carol: The Musical!

Auditions will be held Saturday, September 14, at the Valentine Theater, 839 North 900
East, in American Fork. Audition times for adults is at 12:30 to 4:30. Plan to spend two hours to complete the audition process. Please contact Laura Snyder in advance at 801-404-0736 if a time other than what is outlined above is needed. All ages from 8 to 88 are needed and invited to audition!

Prepare 16 measures of an upbeat Broadway musical. Bring your own accompaniment tracks (without vocals) on your own electronic device. A pianist WILL NOT be provided. Be prepared to learn dance steps by wearing appropriate footwear and clothing. You will be asked to perform the dance steps learned as a group during auditions. Tappers are needed! If you have special skills, such as gymnastics or acrobatics, please let us know at auditions. We would love to see these special talents!

If you are cast in this musical, you must attend a mandatory meeting with on Tuesday, September 24th, at the Valentine Theater from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Valentine Theater.

They are also in need of enthusiastic, energetic, community-minded volunteers to help run the show. Stage managers, stage crew, costume designers, seamstresses, music directors, sound and lighting specialists, choreographers, hair and make-up specialists, set builders, set artists, set dressers, secretaries, audition coordinators, rehearsal supervisors, ticketing, publicity, fundraising, and much more are needed! For more information contact Laura Snyder at 801-404-0736.

Audition 2019: Utah Children’s Theatre – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Auditions will be held Saturday, September 7th from 9:30am – 12:30pm at Utah Children’s Theatre STUDIOS: 3601 S State Street, Salt Lake. Please sign up for an audition time here. Bring a headshot and a resume to the audition. Prepare either 16 or 32 bars of a musical theater song that shows off your vocal range and personality. An accompanist will be provided.

A stipend will be provided for actors 18 & up. They are also looking for children as young as 9 for the show. Please email auditions@uctheatre.org for any further questions.

Audition 2019: Utah Children’s Theatre – Alice in Wonderland

Auditions for Utah Children’s Theatre’s production of Alice in Wonderland will be held Saturday, August 24th from 9:30am to 12:30pm. Please fill out an audition form and sign up for an audition time here. Auditions will be held at the Utah Children’s Theatre STUDIOS: 3601 S State Street SLC, UT 84115. Bring a headshot and resume to your audition, and memorize one side found here.

Audition 2019: Hopebox Theater – Freaky Friday

Aug 13 and 15 7 pm-9 pm

700 S Frontage Road

Kaysville, UT 84037

Michelle Robbins, Hopebox Theatre

Callbacks by invitation August 17, starting at 9 am.

Show Run Oct 11-26.

When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again. Freaky Friday, a new musical based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and the hit Disney films, is a heartfelt, comedic, and unexpectedly emotional update on an American classic.

Please come prepared with a headshot, resume, conflict list and 16 bars from a contemporary musical. Bring accompaniment on a device that can be played from an aux cord.

Rehearsals generally Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 7-10pm, Saturday 9am-12pm; We will add rehearsals on Monday in the weeks prior to show.

Department News 07-15-19

Congratulations to Dennis Wright who has passed his third year review and is now a candidate for continuing faculty status. For his three examples of creative work as a costume designer, Dennis included designs for the BYU productions of Chariots of Fire and Into the Woods, and the Sundance production of Oklahoma! Dennis has been a faculty member in TMA since 2016. He recently designed over 400 costumes for the China Spectacular which returned last month from the largest tour BYU has ever produced. TMA is grateful to count Dennis as one of our newest faculty members and looks forward to serving with him for many years to come.

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Benjamin Thevenin is continuing his “Movies as Mirrors” podcasts, aided by recent grad Max Johnson. There are now 10 episodes posted. In the most recent podcast, Benjamin interviews media arts alum Alexis Romero WalkerAlexis, who is currently in a PhdD program, discusses The Shape of Water and how the film speaks to her. Each week, Benjamin and his guest discuss a movie chosen by the guest that reflects their experience being a part of a marginalized community. Benjamin says, “Our hope is that through our conversations, we can use pop culture to learn more about each other, and about pressing social issues, so we can be better and make the world better in some small way.” You can check out the podcasts on SpotifyApple or Google podcasts. Benjamin would love to hear what you think!

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Alumni News

Michelle Gioglio, who graduated from media arts in April 2018 with an emphasis in sound design, has been hired full-time as the Department Secretary in the School of Technology. Her mornings will be in the Snell Building, and she’ll spend the afternoons in the Crabtree. Her first day is today! Michelle worked on the sound for “The Surface” (2015), Lovestruck! The Musical (2015), and “Conflicted Felons” (2016).

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Opportunity 2020: Sundance Film Festival Volunteers

Hey everyone, our friends at the Sundance Institute are opening up their volunteer application for the upcoming Sundance Film Festival, held January 23-Feb. 3, 2020 in Park City, UT. Volunteering with Sundance means being in the heart of the action, getting behind the scenes and gaining real hands-on experience. This is a really great opportunity, and something that can be added to your resume!

If you are interested in applying or learning about volunteering, please click here.

If you are planning on applying to be a Sundance volunteer, please also let BYU know! If we get a large enough group of student volunteers, then the group can get free access to workshops, panels, and other great experiences at Sundance. But we need to know who is planning on volunteering, so once you apply to Sundance, please fill out this form to let us know.

Audition 2019: American Fork Community Theatre – Clue: The Musical

American Fork Community Theatre is excited to announce auditions for Clue: The Musical! Auditions will be July 13th, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, at the American Fork Arts Institute, 53 West Main Street, American Fork. Please bring a headshot and resume. Prepare a 1-minute monologue and 32 bars of a Broadway song. An accompanist will be provided, as well as plugins for MP3 players/phones/pads. You can sign up for auditions here.

Department News 07-08-19

Exciting news for Brad Barber‘s documentary series States of America, an ongoing series interviewing one person from each state to answer how our national and state identities shape us. The following announcement can be found on the States of America Facebook page:

“On this July 4th, we are pleased to make a special announcement about States of America! We are very excited to announce that @kqed will be partnering with us as our presenting station to bring States of America to a national public television network soon.  It has been exciting to share these first 24 state films here and on StatesFilms.com, updated once a month, since 2017.

“We have always envisioned public television as a natural next step for the series and look forward to releasing many more states in this new collaboration we’ll be announcing soon. Stay tuned to find out where our stories will be broadcast (and streaming) later this year!”

KQED is a public media outlet in California. Currently, Brad is off-campus filming in the South, and we’re looking forward to these upcoming episodes. You can find the trailer for States of America here.

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Be sure to catch Dennis Wright’s costume designs in Sundance Theater’s production of Mamma Mia!, which opens July 18 and runs until August 10. The production, directed by BYU MDT alum Matthew Herrick who is full-time at UVU, is the 50th anniversary show of the resort’s summer productions. The Deseret News ran an article about the production yesterday. You can purchase tickets for the event here.


OnStage Blog, a site that promotes theatre “from Broadway to our hometowns” and is one of the most read theatre websites in the world, recently published a list of the best undergraduate theatre programs in each state. BYU is the only program — and thus Utah’s Best — listed for the state. Congrats to our theatre faculty who make the theatre programs at BYU so noteworthy!