Audition 2019: Jackson Hole Playhouse – Big River & Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

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Audition 2019: Hale Center Theatre – Tuck Everlasting

Auditions for Tuck Everlasting will be held, by appointment only, February 25th, 2019 at Hale Studios (537 N. 1200 W. in Orem).

We will begin taking audition appointments on February 11th. Appointments may be made by calling the box office at 801-226-8600. Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to fill out the appropriate paperwork before your audition time. 

Please prepare 16 bars of a song in the style of the show. An accompanist will be provided. Headshots and resumes are encouraged. Bring sheet your sheet music.  No minus tracks may be used.
We are also interested in actor/musicians. Make sure you include on your audition form if you play an instrument.Tuck Everlasting will be directed by David Morgan, with choreography by Jennifer Hill-Barlow, and music direction by Justin Bills.

Callbacks, by invitation only, will be on Saturday, March 2nd, 2019.

Anyone who is unable to attend the initial audition may submit an audition form and video. Please send your video along with a headshot, resume, and your audition form to meagan@haletheater.org no later than February 24th to be considered for callbacks. You may download the audition form HERE.

Character Descriptions
(Auditions are open to Men ages 16+, Women ages 18+, Girls ages 10-15, and Boys ages 5-8; under 46″ tall)

WINNIE FOSTER (Female, ages 10-15; to play 11) A little girl without cuteness – she has lost her father. She is too skeptical for her age, but with an unknown longing for romance and adventure.

JESSE TUCK (Male, ages 16-22; to play 17) Light and laughing, he is eternal youth writ large, the lightness shown all the brighter for the shadow of loneliness that he has.

MILES TUCK (Male, ages 20-26) A burned and bitter man. His natural sweetness shut away. Lost his wife and child, doomed to live with regret.

MAE TUCK (Female, ages 35-45) Still beautiful after all these years, a matriarch, a mother, a wife. Her homespun wisdom is leavened by her humor and still girlish delight.

ANGUS TUCK (Male, ages 35-45) Once awakened, a vibrant, virile man. He is an indulgent father, a fond if forgetful husband, but a true soul with a deep well of love and profound understanding of the life around him.

MAN IN THE YELLOW SUIT (Male, ages 40-60) Creepy and persuasive, a man with an obsession, a secret.

MOTHER (Female, ages 30-40) A gentle woman almost broken by grief and fear and loss. Adversity finds her brave and unbending.

NANA (Female, ages 55-65) A loopy old woman, but a loving Grandmother and Mother.

HUGO (Male, ages 16-21; to play 17) Painfully shy, awkward and goofy; but smart and eerily observant. His father, Constable Joe, knows this. The two of them have a “routine” that fools most of the people all of the time.

THOMAS (Male, ages 5-8; under 46″ tall) The young son of Miles Tuck.

CONSTABLE JOE
 (Male, ages 35-45) Seemingly a buffoon, his simple manner belies a sharp wit and kind heart.

ENSEMBLE (Male & Female, ages 18+) Various memories, spirits, travelers, townsfolk, carnival workers, and patrons. Looking for ensemble members with strong singing, acting, and dancing ability. Contemporary dance training a plus.

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Department News 02-11-19

This week, thirty-three students (or very recent graduates) and nine faculty members will travel to Los Angeles, CA, to participate in the 51th Annual Region VIII Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF).  Everyone is staying at the renowned Biltmore Hotel. Students have been working closely with their faculty mentors for the past few months preparing for the festival.  Faculty mentors include Stephanie Breinholt (who also serves as the Irene Ryan Scholarship Auditions Coordinator and is the director for Radium Girls, which has been invited to perform at the festival this year), Shelley Graham (who serves as the Region VIII Dramaturgy Coordinator), James Haycock (designer for Radium Girls), Wade HollingshausAdam Houghton (Acting coach and Respondents Workshop facilitator), David Morgan (Acting coach), Jennifer Reed (stage management mentor), Nat Reed (technical director forRadium Girls) and Dennis Wright (design-tech mentor). We congratulate all those participating in KCACTF this year, and send best wishes to “Break a Leg!” Participating students include the following.

Acting
Miriam Edwards, Meg Flinders, Andrew Groome, Sydney Howell, Jeanelle Long, Courtney Moreland, Esther Pielstick, Ben Raymant, Sten Shearer, Mikah Vaclaw, Daniel Wallentine, Clara Richardson Wright, Dylan Wright

Design
Elizabeth Banks, Heather Everett, Matthew Kupferer, Madison Miller

Dramaturgy
Pollyanna Eyler, Greta Gebhard, Hannah Gunson McComb, Richelle Sutton

Directing
Andrew Smith

Stage Management
Taylor Ballard, Daniel Barton, Susan Kupferer

Playwriting
Zoe Trepanier

Radium Girls support
Becca Cardon, Paige Francis, Denyce Hawk, Makenna Johnston


Young Company’s Comedy of Errors is off to a wonderful start this week. This zany production of a Shakespeare classic has been a hit as Young Company’s adaptation of this story turns this story of mistaken identity into a fantastic comedy for the whole family. With only one more week of showings at BYU, don’t miss out on this amazing show! For tickets and showtimes, click here.


The new display at the Education in Zion Exhibit is open, and in the northern most room, the Mentorship Room, you will find tributes to eight professors, five men and three women.  One of those women, and the only professor still living is Mary Hatami Farahnakian, so her photo is appropriately in color.  Mary was chosen for this honor because in the past 15 years of her teaching career at BYU, she applied for and received the most Mentored Environment Grants (MEGs).  She applied for one of her first MEGs in 2004, when 8 students helped her research and preserve BYU’s Historic Clothing Collection.  She then helped over two dozen students apply for and receive other grants.  You’ll recognize a photo of Janet SwensonMary’s mentor, and graduate students Shiloh Cheney, Erin Bjorn, and Jessica Cowden in the display at well.  Each display quotes the professor it honors.  Mary’s display says: “We must challenge ourselves to discover the power of creativity we have inherited from the Great Creator.”

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Alumni News

Alum Ariel Mitchell’s play A Second Birth,  for which she was awarded the Harold and Mimi Steinberg 2013 National Student Playwriting Award, and which was featured on the 2014-15 Theatre Season, is having its first professional production this March (1st-24th). Ariel writes, “The show is being produced by THML Theatre Company at The Center at West Park. The cast is completely Middle Eastern and the director worked for years in the U.A.E. They are incredibly excited to really emphasize the Afghan experience and we will be adding more Farsi. I have updated the script a little bit, with a few new monologues for Nasima, Laila, and Hoda.” Congratulations, Ariel! If you happen to be in the New York area, be sure to get tickets here.

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Back in 2004, one of our very promising playwrights and graduate students, LeeAnne Hill Adams, won the David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award for her play Archipelago, which explored the effects of Stalin’s regime, based almost entirely on experiences recounted by Gulag survivors.  Fast forward, and LeeAnne has been working as a successful writer in the LA area for many years.  She and her husband, Brian J. Adams, came up with a magical story premise and are now the creators, writers, showrunners, and executive producers of a new BYU tv series, Dwight in Shining Armor,  which will premiere next month on BYU tv.  The premise of the series is that Dwight, a 21st century teen, falls into an ancient, underground chamber. He awakens a warrior princess, her court magicians, and many medieval villains that have been sleeping for a thousand years.  Consequently, he is now spellbound to protect the princess from her hordes of enemies.  If you’d like to hear more from the Adamses about their new adventures, see the video below.

 

Department News 02-04-19

This Wednesday, February 6, will be the opening night of Young Company’s production The Comedy of Errors. But this Shakespeare classic isn’t what it may seem! Set up as a 1960’s beach movie, this timeless and humorous tale of mistaken identity takes a little “twist and shout”. Commenting on this fun change, Director Kris Jennings said, “One of the best things about Shakespeare is his timelessness. We get a chance to explore him in lots of different universes. The universe of the 1960s beach movie works particularly well with Comedy of Errors. There are a lot of hijinks in the play, and you have the social context of the 1960s where there was a lot going on in the nation politically and socially with young people in America.” For tickets and show times in the Nelke theatre and other information about the production, click here.


Scott Christopherson’s film, The Insufferable Groo, will play at the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Film (BAFICI), April 11-22, 2019.  The BAFICI is the premiere independent film festival in Latin America, showing over 400 international films, winnowed from thousands of entries, and recognizing top films with prestigious awards.  We congratulate Scott on another international premiere of his film.


The media arts forum hosted Aaron Merrell, a senior producer with the Publishing Services Department of the Church. Merrell is responsible for the “I’m a Mormon” campaign, “12 Steps to Change,” the church’s addiction recovery series, and is currently producing the Book of Mormon among other projects. Merrell talked to close to 50 media arts students and described his career path, spending many years in Hollywood before working for the church.  One of the main purposes of his visit was to recruit students for work in church films.  If students are interested in auditioning for films, they should go to casting.lds.com.  If they want to work on a film crew, they should contact Jill Nunley at nunleyjj@ldschurch.org.  The church offers unpaid internships, which require a commitment of 2 months and at least 3 full days per week. Internships will take place at the MPS and at the local production site of the Book of Mormon films.  If students are interested in these, they should contact Kyle Stapley or Grant Gomm.

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Theatre hosted special guests of Kris JenningsPhil and Claire Kenny, both of whom graduated from BYU in the early 2000’s. Phil also graduated from BYU law school and ended up practicing law at Gibson & Dunn in LA for 15 years.  Claire and Phil have seven children, and they have always loved theatre.  About five years ago, they decided to invest in Broadway musicals, and Phil described their journey from investing $2500 in their first Broadway musical to networking up to raising $500,000 for their most recent show. Along the way, they were part of the producing team for Once on This Island and accepted the Tony for the best Broadway revival.  Phil is in process of writing his own musical, and they’ve moved their family to Utah.  Phil shared his “secrets” to success:  1) approaching people without fear, 2) networking with the experts, and 3) remember, remember how you got there!  Currently, they have opened a Masters Acting Academy, a graduate level acting academy in Vineyard. Phil and Claire were so generous with their time. After the forum, they stayed for 45 minutes and answered students’ questions.


Alumni News

We are pleased to announce that The MINORS, the short film headed by Robert Graham, a photography professor at BYU, has been accepted to the Sundance 2019 Film Festival. TMA students Oscar Ignacio Jimenez and Luis Fernando Puente contributed to the film, as well as other TMA alumni. This is Graham’s fourth short film to be accepted to the Sundance Film Festival. About his experience working on The MINORS, Puente reported, “For me, as a young filmmaker, I have nothing to do, I have nothing to be able to start with. Well, look at Robert. He also kind of started from nothing. He owns his own equipment and shoots with his kids.” Congratulations to the team that produced The MINORS!

To read the entire article by external relations, click here.

Audition 2019: Utah Children’s Theatre – James and the Giant Peach

WHERE: Utah Children’s Theatre STUDIOS: 3601 S State Street SLC, UT 84115 (Building to the north of the main theatre)

WHEN: Saturday, February 23rd between 9am and 12pm (please sign up for an audition time here)

WHAT to BRING: Please make sure to bring a headshot and resume to the audition

PREPARE: Please memorize one cut of a James and the Giant Peach song found here.

WHO: Men age 10 & up; Women age 16 & up

CALLBACKS: Will be held by invitation the following Monday, February 25 in the evening.

*Stipend available for actors 18+.

Audition Song Information

For these auditions, we ask that each participant memorize one song cut from the list below. Please do not bring your own song from another musical. Songs will be performed with a prerecorded James and the Giant Peach instrumental track.

All songs can be found here: http://jatgp.com/cast-album/. Please learn the time stamp song cut provided below.

James: “On Your Way Home” begin 00:42 end 01:34

Ladahlord: “Right Before Your Eyes” begin 00:00 end 01:00

Aunt Spiker/Aunt Sponge: “I Got You” begin 00:09 end 1:03

Earthworm: “Plump and Juicy” begin 02:35 end 03:39 (The chorus comes in during this section. Please focus on the lines between the chorus in your audition)

Centipede: “Welcome Home” begin 00:00 end 00:46 (This has multiple solos linked together. Please sing all of them as your audition.)

Ladybug: “Everywhere That You Are” begin 00:00 end 00:53

Grasshopper: “Floatin’ Along” begin 00:16 end 01:17

Spider: “On Your Way Home Reprise” begin 00:00 end 00:58 (Although this is a James song, please sing this as the Spider audition)

Department News 01-28-19

Composer Frank Wildhorn visited BYU for the opening of Wonderland last week.  He attended both the final dress rehearsal and opening night, hosted by Tim Threlfall, Gayle LockwoodMegan Sanborn Jones, and Bridget Benton. At the end of the play on opening night, Frank was recognized and given a standing ovation from the audience. For more information about the production and BYU’s relationship with Frank Wildhorn’s musicals, go to https://arts.byu.edu/2019/01/byu-theatre-workshops-frank-wildhorn-musical-wonderland-in-preparation-for-de-jong-production/

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 And just for fun, here are some of the whimsical renderings of costume designer, Erin Bjorn, for the production.

 


You may be interested in the article posted on Friday about our own Megan Sanborn Jones, written by media arts alum Martha Duzett.  “Megan Sanborn Jones Talks about her New Book, ‘Contemporary Mormon Pageantry,’” where she discusses her research and newly released book.  To read the article, go here:  https://cfac.byu.edu/department-of-theatre-and-media-arts/megan-sanborn-jones-talks-about-her-new-book-contemporary-mormon-pageantry/

From the interview: “… As a theatre historian, pageants are a dinosaur that is still alive and tromping around, which is rare. It’s rare to have an unbroken line of performance practice last long beyond its popularity — you don’t go to Broadway and see a fully articulated melodrama anymore. The form went away in American popular culture. Mormon pageants, largely because of the longevity of the Hill Cumorah pageant, have been around since pageants were popular.  When it closes, it will truly be the end of an era.”

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Sixteen theatre education students and six theatre faculty and staff, including Adam Houghton, Kris Jennings, Michael Kraczek, David Morgan, Rory Scanlon, and Lindsi Neilson, attended the Utah Theatre Association Conference January 17-19, 2019, at Weber State in Ogden. Rory and Kris taught workshops. Faculty from Design/Tech and Acting watched the auditions and portfolio sections of the conference.  Ten of our Theatre Education students taught workshops.  The keynote speaker of the conference was Betsy Wolfe (known for her acting in Falsettos!Waitress, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood on Broadway).  Attendees also saw Stansbury Park High School’s production of Mamma Mia! and Weber High School’s production of Newsies.  Here are some comments from students about the conference:

    • Becca Stevens: I really enjoyed the workshops I attended on Theatrical Marketing and Viola Spolin. The Spolin workshop inspired me to think about how I could create an improv troupe in my future high school program-it’s not as scary as it sounds! The marketing workshop gave me the desire to learn more about the Adobe resources we have here at BYU. I need to take advantage of the free services we have here so I can pass these skills on to my future students. Seeing the show at Weber High School reinforced the importance of having a strong team behind you. There’s no way that production could have happened if it was just up to the theatre teacher and their students. They had business sponsors and parents GALORE. It was really cool to see the production values you can accomplish in a high school.
    • Emily Trejo:  For myself as an educator I enjoyed watching the instructors and how seamlessly they were able to mix activities with learning. It was cool to see how all of the students were having fun and learning at the same time. I hope that someday I will be able find that balance and master the skill of teaching and having fun.
    • Kate Tullis: This year, I taught two workshops.  It was wonderful being able to teach these workshops a couple times throughout the duration of the conference because I learned how to adapt these lessons for different audiences.  It was particularly thrilling to me to see these students work with theatre concepts and ideas that they had not been exposed to before.  It was wonderful to help them realize that theatre is so much more than escape from self by being someone else onstage.  I felt that I was able to help them get at least a glance of their story and other student’s stories and how to have empathy for others through the beautiful world of theatre.
    • Laynie Calderwood: I think the thing I learned most at UTA is how to keep experiences simple, yet meaningful. I tend to be someone who overthinks things and tries too hard, but some of my best experiences at UTA were very simple workshops, with no extra materials required, just discussion and mutual creation.
    • Pollyanna Eyler and Melissa Longhurst contributed the photos below.

Alumni News

The TMA faculty may remember MDT alum Adam Daveline, who applied for the Acting Faculty position a few years ago.  Since April of 2017, Adam has been in The Play that Goes Wrong on Broadwayas the understudy/replacement for five different characters.  This version of the play recently closed on January 6, 2019.  Adam is also on the original soundstage recording of Paul Gordon’s Emma that was released last Friday, available for order at www.BroadwayRecords.com. He is also artistic director of MOD Theatre Company in NYC along with other BYU grads.

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Audition 2019: Draper Amphitheater – Newsies

Auditions for Draper Arts Council’s production directed by Susan Mills of Newsies will be held on Thursday, February 7 from 6-9pm and Saturday, February 9th from 9-11am. Call backs will be on Saturday, February 9th from 11:15am-1pm at American Preparatory Academy Draper Campus (Building 3). The show will run from June 1-15.

Audition 2019: Draper Historic Theatre – Little Shop of Horrors

Draper Historic Theatre presents Little Shop of Horrors, performing in April and directed by Jared Daley. Little Shop of Horrors is a musical comedy following the tale of Seymour and his man-eating plant, Audrey II. WHEN: February 5th and 6th from 6 – 9 PM WHERE: Draper Historic Theatre (12366 South 900 East, Draper) WHO: Men & Women 16+ For more about this audition opportunity, click here.