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HUNCHBACK NOTRE DAME
Jul 8 - Aug 8, 2017
PIRATES OF PENZANCE
Jul 8 - Aug 9, 2017
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Jul 7 - Aug 8, 2017
THE MUSIC MAN
Jul 7 - Aug 9, 2017
REX
Jul 6 - Aug 7, 2017
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Jun 23 - Aug 7, 2017
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May 13, 2017
INT'L OPERA COMP.
Jul 11 & 25, 2017
THE PIANISTS!
Jul 12, 2017
TRIBUTE SHELDON HARNICK
Jul 19, 2017
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Aug 2, 2017
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ACADEMY CLASSES  |

Opera & Musical Theatre Seminar
Utah Theatre
June 12-16 • 2-3:30 pm • $50
Join Dr. Michael Ballam for a comprehensive experience detailing the creation of every 2017 Utah Festival production.
The Director's Chair: Rex
Utah Theatre
July 6 • 10-11:00 am • $10
Our Director's series begins with Maggie L. Harrer sharing her process of creation for Rex.
They Call It Choreography
Dansante Rehearsal Hall
July 6 • 4:30-5:30 pm • $10
Lauren Camp, choreographer for Rex and Seussical, looks at art from a movement perspective.
The Director's Chair: The Music Man & Madama Butterfly
Utah Theatre
July 7 • 10-11:00 am • $10
What does it take to navigate the world of stage direction? Valerie Rachelle, director of The Music Man and Madama Butterfly, sheds some light on the topic.
Belasco and Puccini's Butterfly
Utah Theatre
July 7 • 4:30-5:30 pm • $10
Professor Kathleen Lane examines the dramatic highlights of Belasco's play, and Puccini's musical choices in the making of the masterwork Madama Butterfly.
The Director's Chair: Pirates & Hunchback
Utah Theatre
July 8 • 10-11:00 am • $10
What do The Pirates of Penzance and The Hunchback of Notre Dame have in common? Join director Brad A. Carroll for his tricks of the trade.
Making a Scene
Dansante Rehearsal Hall
July 10 • 10-11:00 am • $10
From stunning vistas to magical locales, scenic painter Anne Benson has done it all! Watch her demonstrate her artistic skills!
The Artist's Palette
Dansante Rehearsal Hall
July 10 • 4:30-6 pm • $10
Experience art in the making with Master Painter Kent Wallis.
The Pianists: Behind the Keys!
Utah Theatre
July 11 • 4:30-5:30 pm • $10
You've heard their musical magic onstage, now interact with the people behind the keys of The Pianists!
Meredith, The Music Man
Utah Theatre
July 12 • 4:30-5:30 pm • $10
Maestro Karen Keltner takes us back to Gary, Indiana, in her examination of composer Meredith Willson.
The Secrets of a Geisha
Dansante Rehearsal Hall
July 13 • 4:30-5:30 pm • $10
Learn the secrets of Geisha movement from Festival favorite Kevin Nakatani.
Hugo's Hunchback
Utah Theatre
July 14 • 4:30-5:30 pm • $10
Join Professor Anne Brookman, French scholar, to examine the literary basis for our 2017 production.
Percussion from the Pit!
Ellen Eccles Theatre Pit
July 15 • 10-11:00 am • $10
Explore percussion from the orchestra pit of the Ellen Eccles Theatre. Compare the instruments, listen to excerpts, and try it yourself in a hands-on learning experience.
A Con Man in History
Utah Theatre
July 15 • 4:30-5:30 pm • $10
Examine the origins of Harold Hill in The Music Man, and his impact on society.
The Director's Chair: Seussical
Utah Theatre
July 17 • 4:30-5:30 pm • $10
Oh the thinks you can think with Seussical director Vanessa Ballam.
Geisha Makeup
Utah Theatre
July 18 • 10-11:00 am • $10
Watch and learn the fine art of Japanese makeup from our resident Festival makeup designer.
The Legendary Sheldon Harnick
Utah Theatre
July 19 • 4:30-5:30 pm • $10
What makes a Broadway legend? Michael Ballam reveals the answers in his examination of the great Sheldon Harnick.
Creating a Character
Utah Theatre
July 20 • 4:30-5:30 pm • $10
Seasoned character actor Stefan Espinosa shares his spicy artistic secrets.
A Japanese American Tapestry
Utah Theatre
July 21 • 4:30-5:30 pm • $10
Join USU history professor Clayton Brown as he examines the cultural and historical background of Madama Butterfly in the early 20th century.
And All That Jazz!
Utah Theatre
July 22 • 10-11:00 am • $10
Explore jazz standards with Josh Skinner – from musicals to American popular music.
Sullivan Without Gilbert
Utah Theatre
July 22 • 4:30-5:30 pm • $10
Maestro James M. Bankhead dissects operetta's dynamic duo with an inside look at Sir Arthur Sullivan.
Backstage Magic
Ellen Eccles Theatre Stage
July 25 • 10-11:00 am • $10
Learn the secrets of the technical side of production from our experts.
5, 6, 7, 8...
Dansante Rehearsal Hall
July 25 • 4:30-5:30 pm • $10
Experience choreography from our 2017 season with Kevin Nakatani. Participation encouraged.
Seussical By Design
Utah Theatre
July 26 • 4:30-5:30 pm • $10
Resident scenic designer Anne Benson reveals her creative process to imagine the worlds we see on stage.
The Forces of Menken and Schwartz
Utah Theatre
July 27 • 4:30-5:30 pm • $10
Gain an understanding of composer Alan Menken and composer / lyricist Stephen Schwartz through their collaborative works with Festival expert Jared Rounds.
The Topsy-Turvy World of Gilbert & Sullivan
Dansante Recital Hall
July 28 • 4:30-5:30 pm • $10
What makes Gilbert and Sullivan funny and relevant after all these years? Professor Kathleen Lane answers this and much more regarding the famous duo!
Marian the Librarian
Utah Theatre
July 29 • 4:30-5:30 pm • $10
Discover the process of creating one of Broadway's favorite characters with Vanessa Ballam.
Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi: His Greatest Opera!
Logan Tabernacle
August 1 • 12-12:50 pm • FREE
When one of the world's greatest composers of grand opera sets one of the world's oldest and most profound religious texts to music, the final result is nothing less than genius! Discussion lead by Dr. Craig Jessop.
The Personality of Instruments
Utah Theatre
August 2 • 4:30-5:30 pm • $10
Examine the various personalities of people who play instruments and their stereotypes in the music world with Maestro James M. Bankhead.
What's Technology Got To Do With It?
Utah Theatre
August 3 • 4:30-5:30 pm • $10
How large of a role does technology play in the music you hear from the pit? Maestro Dallas K Heaton discusses creating an orchestra to meet the demands of the show and the venue.
Presto Change-o(ver)
Ellen Eccles Theatre
August 4 • After the Matinee • FREE
Watch the fascinating and well-choreographed scene change process between a matinee and an evening show, and ask questions as it happens.
The Style of the Season
Utah Theatre
August 5 • 4:30-5:30 pm • $10
Phillip Lowe, head of costumes at Utah Festival, discusses what it takes to costume a repertory season.
Tudor History
Utah Theatre
August 7 • 4:30-5:30 pm • $10
They say history is stranger than fiction: historian Kathy Johnson reveals the truth about Henry VIII.
Presto Change-o(ver)
Ellen Eccles Theatre
August 8 • After the Matinee • FREE
Watch the fascinating and well-choreographed scene change process between a matinee and an evening show, and ask questions as it happens.

 

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