Use THE TAMING OF THE SHREW tour to introduce kids to Shakespeare

Malloree Hill (left) as Katherina and Tom Littman as Petruchio in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2014 Shakespeare-in-the-Schools production of The Taming of the Shrew. (Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright 2014 Utah Shakespeare Festival.)

SALT LAKE CITY — The Taming Of The Shrew is by far one of my top favorite Shakespeare plays. With witty humor and a cast of out right hilarious characters, the play is a natural introduction for young audiences into the world of Shakespeare. The story involves Petruchio and his wooing of Katherina, who is the […]


UTBA reviewers sound off: EXCELLENCE IN 2013

A scene from the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2013 production of Peter and the Starcatcher. (Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival 2013.)

It’s been another busy year for UTBA. In 2013 we reviewed 223 productions—our second-highest annual total. From Garden City to Ivins, our reviewers traveled the state to review plays in Utah. Below are our reviewers’ thoughts about some of the excellence they have seen in our state this year. Excellent Professional (Equity) Productions I really […]


RICHARD II is second to none

Brian Vaughn (left) as Earl of Northumberland, Dan Kremer as John of Gaunt and Dan Frezza as Edmund of Langley in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2013 production of Richard II. (Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival 2013.)

CEDAR CITY — One line from the title character encapsulates Richard II at the Utah Shakespeare Festival: “Now mark me how I will undo myself.” As the play unfolds, the audience watches a monarch who is overthrown because of shortsighted decisions and a philosophical inflexibility that prevents him from adapting to the forces of change […]


THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES lives up to its name

Natalie Storrs (left) as Betty Jean, Cate Cozzens as Suzy, Victoria Cook as Missy, and Barbara Jo Bednarczuk as Cindy Lou in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2013 production of The Marvelous Wonderettes. (Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival 2013.)

CEDAR CITY — It’s hard to imagine a more fitting title for The Marvelous Wonderettes at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. At the risk of sounding cliché, marvelous and wonderful truly are the best words to describe this show. It’s not hard to see why. The Utah Shakespeare Festival’s staff brought in the musical’s creator, Roger Bean, […]


Interview with Mindy Young, Utah actress and Utah Shakespeare Festival’s Evangeline Harcourt

Mindy B. Young (left) as Evangeline Harcourt and Joe Vincent as Elishah Whitney in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2013 production of Anything Goes. (Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival 2013.)

UTBA: Start off by stating your name and what role you’re playing at Shakespeare Festival, please. Mindy Young: My name is Mindy Young and I am playing Mrs. Evangeline Harcourt in Anything Goes. UTBA: Tell us about your background and your training you’ve had to play this role. Young: Well, it’s funny—I acutally did this […]


ADAM & YOSHI are a great couple that needs some work

Show closes August 30, 2013.

CEDAR CITY — The third play in Utah Shakespeare Festival’s (USF) New American Playwrights Projects (NAPP) this season is Adam & Yoshi—a comedy. It is a change of pace, as USF rarely produces comedies as part of their staged readings series. Comedies are very difficult to write and playwright Tom Cavanaugh took it on as […]


Wish ANYTHING GOES had gone further

Melinda Parrett as Reno Sweeney in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2013 production of Anything Goes. (Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival 2013.) Show closes August 30, 2013.

CEDAR CITY — Everyday life very rarely includes spontaneous moments of song and dance (although flash mobs are pretty “in” right now), but those musical scenes seem perfectly normal on a stage.  Despite the glitter, neon lights, and finely tuned accompaniment, the hope is that we, as an audience, will believe the story and identify […]


Scenes from the Utah Shakespeare Festival GREENSHOW

Chad Ryan Baker (left) as Musician, Steven Rada as Featured Performer, James N. Scully as Featured Performer, Molly Wetzel as Featured Performer, and Natasha Harris as Featured Performer in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2013 production of The Greenshow. (Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival 2013.)

CEDAR CITY — Part of the Utah Shakespeare Festival experience is the nightly performance of The Greenshow. This free performance uses music, dance, and comedy to bring the spirit of the Shakespeare Festival to audience members before the evening performances. This year there are three versions of The Greenshow, which is an incentive to attend […]


Blown away by THE TEMPEST

Melisa Pereyra (left) as Miranda, Henry Woronicz as Prospero, and Jeb Burris as Ferdinand in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2013 production of The Tempest. (Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival 2013.)

CEDAR CITY — The Utah Shakespeare Festival (USF) is an incredible place to be.  The caliber of talent in every element of a production leaves me in a state of awe; the passion and precision of the actors makes my mouth hang open.  One of the highlights of my trip this year was seeing, hearing, and […]


Shakespeare Festival portrays a realistic politician in KING JOHN

Corey Jones as King John in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2013 production of King John. (Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival 2013.)

CEDAR CITY — “Might makes right.” This old adage has illustrated that often the person with the strongest army becomes a leader by virtue of the physical force at his disposal, regardless of what the law says. This idea is explored thoroughly in Shakespeare‘s King John. In the play there are two claimants to the crown […]