Author: Russell Warne

ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE is charming at The Grand

SALT LAKE CITY — I’m not much of a country music fan, but even I know the name “Patsy Cline.” Cline’s name is synonymous with a smooth silky voice that excelled at the country blues or a swingin’ country dance song. Before her tragic death in a plane crash at age 30, Cline recorded multiple top 10 hits and had sung at the Grand Ole Opry and several times on national TV. But Cline had a human touch that is portrayed in the show Always… Patsy Cline. Always is the story of Cline’s friendship with fan Louise Seger. Louise...

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Utah Shakespeare Festival: Why see the shows?

CEDAR CITY — There are many reasons to see live theatre. You may be attend a play to see a friend or family member perform on stage. Or you may attend a production because a group is producing one of your favorite plays. Perhaps you’re merely looking for a nice evening of entertainment, or you are looking to be emotionally moved or intellectually stimulated. In short, there are many reasons to attend a play. As the final installment of UTBA’s interviews with actors from the Utah Shakespeare Festival, I asked three members of the company why audience members should...

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Say, “I Do, I Do in the Sky” to Hale’s DROWSY CHAPERONE

OREM — Everybody loves to share their favorite music with their family and friends. It may be while on a long drive, during a holiday weekend, or just as part of an informal get-together. Whatever the situation, it’s always a lot of fun to share a song, a band, or an album with a friend and be with them when they experience the music for the first time. For people who love musicals, though, the experience of sharing a cast album also includes sharing information about the show: its plot, characters, actors, or details about the original production or...

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Utah Shakespeare Festival actors talk about their roles

CEDAR CITY — One of the first things that an actor must do after being cast in a play is to make decisions about the character. These early decisions often have a huge impact on the nature of the production, the message of the play, and the effect that the actors’ performance has on the audience. Watch the videos below to see how some of the actors in the 2011 Utah Shakespeare Festival approach their roles. Please also read the accompanying article where they talk about their Utah Shakespeare Festival experience. Betsy Mugavero talks about playing Hermia in A...

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Video: Interview with R. Scott Phillips, Utah Shakespeare Festival Executive Director

CEDAR CITY — If there’s one thing I love about being part of UTBA, it’s conducting interviews. Just when I think that I know everything about the Utah theatre world, somebody that I interview teaches me something new. My interview with R. Scott Phillips, the executive director of the Utah Shakespeare Festival is the perfect example of this. For twenty minutes, I sat down with Phillips and talked about the history of the Utah Shakespeare Festival. During our conversation, we topics like the Festival’s growth, its 2000 Tony Award for Best Regional Theater, famous actors who have worked at...

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