Press Release: Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at the Alpine Community Theater

Alpine Community Theater (ACT) invites you to be their guest this year for their summer production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. This 10 year anniversary performance will be held July 21st through July 31st at the Valentine Theater. The theater is located at 839 East 9th North in American Fork.

Join Belle and her friends as they enchant local audiences with the endearing tale of love and redemption as only Disney can tell. This timeless classic won all of our hearts a decade ago and is sure to  win yours as well. Many of the cast members from the previous show have returned for this performance, as well as some wonderful new faces. Performances will be held at 7:00 pm on Friday, Saturday and Monday evenings and 2:00pm for the matinee performances each Saturday.

There will be an Ice Cream social on Monday, June 26th from 6-8pm to kick off ticket sales. The social will also be held at the Valentine Theater. Attendees will be able to buy ice cream, celebrate with the cast and purchase discounted tickets.

There will also be a special VIP Backstage Party for children ages 5-12 on July 29 at 1:00pm before the matinee show. Children attending the party are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Disney character.  They will meet the cast, read stories with Belle, dance with the Beast, have ‘tea’ with Mrs. Potts, and receive a backstage tour, along with other fun activities.  They can experience all this backstage excitement for just the price of an adult ticket. Costumes are encouraged!

Come ‘Be Our Guest’ for a memorable and enchanting experience! Tickets can be purchased online at  Tickets are $10 for children and senior citizens and $12 for adults. You may purchase tickets for shows and the VIP Party online at or at the Valentine Theater one hour prior to each performance.

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”.

5th Contemporary Cultural Studies Conference

We invite you/your research students to submit a paper to 5th Annual International Conference on Contemporary Cultural Studies (CCS 2017) which will be held on 27th – 28th November 2017 in Singapore.

The full paper submission deadline (extended) is on 14th July 2017. Hope that provides adequate time for you to complete the paper submission. If you need more time, please email us at: We hope you can be part of CCS 2017.

Briefly about CCS 2017:

–     Keynote Addresses:
–   Prof. Jeanette Hoorn, Professor of Visual Cultures, President Australia-Morocco Friendship Group, Faculty of Arts The University of Melbourne, Australia – Art and the Everyday: Female Painters in the age of Orientalism

–   Assoc. Prof. Margaret Chan, School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University – Strategic Cultural Heritage: Discovering the cultural DNA of success

–   Assoc.Prof. Anna Hickey-Moody, Department of Gender & Cultural Studies, School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The University of Sydney, Australia – Arts Practice as Method, Urban Spaces and Intra-Active Faiths

–     CCS 2017 Conference Proceedings: All accepted and presented papers at the conference (CCS 2017) will be published in the conference proceedings (Print ISSN: 2382-5650, E-Periodical ISSN: 2382-557X).

–     Journal of Law and Social Sciences:  All authors who present their papers at the conference will be invited to submit an extended version of their research paper for the GSTF Journal of Law and Social Sciences (JLSS)  – Print ISSN: 2251-2853, E-periodical: 2251-2861. All submitted papers will go through blind review process for acceptance. All submitted papers will go through blind review process for acceptance and will be published digitally without additional costs.

–     Best Paper Awards and Best Student Paper Awards will be conferred at the conference (in order to qualify for the award, the paper must be presented at the conference).

–     CCS 2017 will also constitute a Special Panel Session.

–     Panel Proposals are invited for submission. A minimum of three papers centering on a specific topic will be accepted for submission under Panel Category.

For more information, please visit the CCS 2017 website: Would appreciate if you could disseminate this information to your colleagues/students who might be interested to participate in the conference.

Click on the following video testimonials to hear about previous CCS conferences: Dr. Marianne HulsboschDr. Eitan Ginzberg                                               

Should you require any assistance or clarification, please do not hesitate to contact us at .

Neil Simon Festival

The Neil Simon Festival just completed its spring tour of Driving Miss Daisy starring Clarence Gilyard and Sheree Wilson—both of the long-running TV series Walker Texas Ranger—along with Neil Simon Festival founder Richard Bugg. The tour covered six of the most renowned theatres in the U.S., finishing up at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton, Wisconsin and the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts in Portsmouth, Ohio. In total, more than six thousand people saw the show this season, which drew standing ovations everywhere. Next week, the summer company will arrive in Cedar City to begin rehearsal for our summer season, which opens on July 12. See for details.


Department News (6-5-17)

A thoroughly delightful production of Argonautika, directed by Janine Sobeck Knighton, opened this weekend in the Pardoe Theatre.  From the roll call of the Argo crew to Hera and Athena’s placement of the heroes in the night sky, the production surprises and gathers momentum throughout.  The wonderful lighting, heroic music, costumes, set, and characterizations of the actors all combine seamlessly to tell the enchanting tale of Jason and the quest for the golden fleece.  You will want to bring your children and grandchildren to this one!  All this despite a major catastrophe on opening night!  Just an hour before call time on Friday, stage manager Caitlin Black received a phone call from Ian Buckley, who plays Tiphys, Medea’s brother Apsyrtos, and serves as one of the puppeteers for the two giant puppets.  He had been riding his bike to the HFAC and was hit by a truck.  In fact, he had been run over by the truck and had tire tracks on his chest!  But miraculously, he did not have a concussion or any broken bones.  And fortunately, he will be able to perform with the ensemble this coming Thursday and for the rest of the run.  In the meantime, Janine says her terrific cast was willing to support each other and figure out how to fill in for all Ian’s parts this weekend.  This was a big challenge, but like the heroes they played, the cast and crew were able to pull off this Herculean feat beautifully.  If you go, be sure to check out the dramaturgy displays in both the north and south Pardoe lobbies.  In the north lobby, there is a display of the costume renderings of each of the characters.  In the south lobby, there is an intriguing summer reading list of Greek Mythology books that are available in the HBLL and the Provo Library (For an in depth article about the lobby displays, go to the Fourth Wall here). To read the Universe’s article about the production, click here.



Julia Ashworth was in Cape Town, South Africa, presenting at the ITYARN (International Theatre for Young Audiences Research Network) Conference, and attending the ASSITEJ festival.  Julia’s presentation centered on the ways we engaged with a Deaf audience and partnered with the Deaf community for the TYA production of The Taste of SunriseJulia reports that she saw over a dozen plays while at the festival, and her favorite shows were all from South Africa. The two plays that stand out the most were very different from each other; one was an adaptation of Animal Farm set in the current political landscape of South Africa, and the other, Mbuzeni, was spoken entirely in Xhosa (Nelson Mandela’s native tongue) about 4 young orphan girls and the role death plays in their lives.  Julia observes that “South Africa is an extremely beautiful place. I felt privileged to be there and to learn through first-hand experience more about their past, present and future.  It was wonderful to see how theatre for young audiences in South Africa is so connected to this country’s history and its people’s lives. I feel forever changed.”



Six Week Cinema has shot their first two commercials and is heading into production of the next short film, which will be a short doc.  This student run initiative, advised by Tom Lefler and Kyle Stapley, is designed to help younger media arts students feel more comfortable on set in preparation for capstone projects.  The projects are low stakes and emphasize collaboration.  Participating students write and shoot two commercials and four short films, each with a similar limited production schedule totaling six weeks and staggered throughout the summer:  3 weeks of pre-production, 1 week prepping and production, and 2 weeks of post-production.  At the end of the summer, the commercials and short films are shown in a festival to celebrate the students’ work.  This year, Six Week Cinema is being headed up by media arts students Celene Andersen and Hannah Harper.  To find out more about the projects, go to their Facebook page here.


London Study Abroad Report from Katie Jarvis:  This last week was so fun!! Students got cultural experiences from many areas in Spain, France, Italy, Ireland and Scotland. Also one of the students who stayed in London went to 12 shows!! All the British airline flights were cancelled so some of our students were stranded for a bit, but everyone is now safely back in London. We all shared about our experiences abroad and are looking forward to our last few weeks in England. Tonight we are going to Twelfth Night at the Globe!


Call for Papers: The Mario K. “Doc” Smith Symposium on Science Fiction and Fantasy

Call for Papers
Life, the Universe, & Everything 46: The Mario K. “Doc” Smith Symposium on Science Fiction and Fantasy is looking for 40-minute papers for the 2018 conference.

We are especially interested in papers in the following areas:
• Literary criticism/ analysis of works by our guest of honor, Todd McCaffrey, or of the Pern series in general.
• Science and technology ( especially new or unusual)
• Serious analysis of sf&f in cinema, television, radio, and other media
• Analysis of sf &f relating to poetry or theatre
• Critical analysis of the narrative, aesthetic, and thematic elements of sf&f video games
• Mormon culture, literature, and society in relation to sf&f

Submit full papers for consideration to LTUE-Academics, c/o Marny Parkin, 1063 JFSB, Provo, UT 84602 or email electronic submissions as RTF files to Include name, phone number, street address, and email address on cover sheet. Papers submitted without contact information will not be considered. Student papers welcome. Please see for more information.

Papers must be submitted no later than October 1, 2017.

Accepted papers may be published in the Proceedings volume at a later date.

The Rookies 2017 Competition

The Rookies has officially launched and we are taking submissions. This is a great opportunity for your students to win paid internships, prizes and scholarships. It’s free to enter and we don’t use students work for commercial gains.

This year’s categories are: Animation, Film Production, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Motion Graphics, Next-Gen Gaming, Photography, Visual Effects, Virtual Reality and Web & Mobile.

Team projects
Film of the Year:
Visual Effects, Animation, Film Production

Game of the Year:
Next-Gen Gaming, Virtual Reality. Web & Mobile

School of the Year
People’s Choice

Key dates:
Open for Submissions – NOW!
29 May 2017 – Submissions Close
7 July 2017 – Winners Announced

To enter:

Call for Actors for ATHE


Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, NV
August 2-6, 2017


For the NEW PLAY DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP/SHOWCASE (short plays, development workshop/showcase performances)

– 1 MALE – AGE RANGE, 20’S-30’S, recently returned prisoner of war, ethnicity –Black .

– 1 FEMALE – AGE RANGE, teens-early 20’s, ethnicity Black.

– 1 FEMALE – AGE RANGE, teens-early 20’s, ethnicity Mid-Eastern.

– 2  FEMALES – AGE RANGE, 20’S-early 30’s, ethnicity any.

– 2  FEMALES – AGE RANGE, teens-early 20’s, ethnicity any.

For the ATHE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PLAYWRTING SHOWCASE (full-length winner of the AEP award workshop and all-conference showcase performance)

– 1 MALE – AGE RANGE, 20’S-30’S, trans-male artist, any ethnicity. Trans-gender actor preferred.

Please help spread the word to colleagues and students as well?

Anyone interested should contact New Play’s Program Coordinator, Judith Royer, as soon as possible. Need brief acting resume and photo. Include mailing address and telephone/e-mail numbers for now and for the summer, should that be different from your current information. E-mail submission encouraged. If you send by overnight mail, be sure to waive the need for a delivery signature.

Contact Judith Royer, 7847 Flight Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90045. Phone, (310) 670-0362,
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Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters: Call for Papers


The Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters invites all Utah scholars to submit papers for the 2017 Annual Conference April 7, 2017, at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah.

Abstract Deadline **EXTENDED**: March 1st, 2017

All faculty and student members of the academy are eligible to participate. The Academy encourages participants to submit a manuscript on their presentation for publication in the refereed Journal of the Utah Academy. One outstanding manuscript from each Division will be selected and its author(s) will receive a cash award. Please submit your manuscript to your division chair.

Submissions accepted in the following academic fields:

Biological Sciences
Health, Physical Education, and Recreation
Humanities/Philosophy/Foreign Language
Physical Sciences
Letters/American and British Literature
Social Sciences

Publication guidelines are available under the Call for Papers page on the Utah Academy website.

Pre-registration ends March 15, 2017.
Register online at

Download full announcement HERE.



Fourteenth International Conference on Technology, Knowledge & Society: Call for Papers


We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Fourteenth International Conference on Technology, Knowledge & Society, held 1–2 March 2018 at St John’s University, Manhattan Campus in New York, USA.

Founded in 2005, the conference is brought together by a shared interest in the complex and subtle relationships between technology, knowledge, and society.

For more information regarding the conference, click here.

We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, colloquia, virtual lightning talks, or virtual posters. The conference features research addressing the annual themes.

We welcome the submission of proposals to the conference at any time of the year before the final submission deadline. All proposals will be reviewed within two to four weeks of submission.

Please submit your proposal by 1 March 2017.