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Jul 6 - Aug 6
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Jul 8 - Aug 7
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Jul 10 - Aug 8
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Jul 11 - Aug 8
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Jul 14
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OPERA & MUSICAL THEATRE SEMINAR
Utah Theatre
June 15-19 • 2-3:30 pm • $50
Join Dr. Michael Ballam for a comprehensive experience detailing the creation of each 2020 Utah Festival production.
THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: SWEENEY TODD AND I DO! I DO!
Dansante Recital Hall
July 6 • 10-11:00 am • $10
George Pinney, director of I Do! I Do! and Sweeney Todd shares his approach.
THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: THE MAGIC FLUTE
Utah Theatre
July 8 • 10-11:00 am • $10
Continuing our directing series with The Magic Flute and director Vanessa Ballam.
SWEENEY TODD: COSTUMES FROM PAGE TO STAGE
Utah Theatre
July 9 • 10-11:00 am • $10
Join Mallory Prucha to explore the designer’s process from research to fully realized costumes.
THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: JOSEPH AND SHE LOVES ME
Utah Theatre
July 10 • 10-11:00 am • $10
Valerie Rachelle, director of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and She Loves Me, shares her directorial process.
MUSICAL MUSINGS: SHE LOVES ME
Dansante Recital Hall
July 11 • 10-11:00 am • $10
Join Maestro Karen Keltner to reflect on the musical styles of She Loves Me.
THE PIANISTS: BEHIND THE KEYS!
Ellen Eccles Theatre Stage
July 13 • 4:30-5:30 pm • $10
You’ve heard their musical magic onstage, now interact with the stars behind the keys of The Pianists!
THE FANTASTICK SCHMIDT AND JONES!
Dansante Recital Hall
July 14 • 4:30-5:30 pm • $10
Get a historical glimpse into the lives of Schmidt and Jones from Weber State professor Andrew Barratt Lewis.
JACOB AND SONS
Utah Theatre
July 15 • 4:30-5:30 pm • $10
Happy Ditton gives biblical context for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
DARKNESS TO LIGHT: SYMBOLISM AND THE MAGIC FLUTE
Utah Theatre
July 16 • 4:30-5:30 pm • $10
Join Professor Kathleen Lane to examine the pervasive Masonic symbolism in The Magic Flute but also themes of good and evil, transformation, and redemption–not your typical fairytale!
THE BASIS OF SWEENEY
Utah Theatre
July 17 • 4:30-5:30 pm • $10
Dr. Norman Schroder discusses Christopher Bond’s play that inspired Stephen Sondheim to write Sweeney Todd.
SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY: THE SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES
Utah Theatre
July 18 • 10-11:00 am • $10
Join Dr. James M. Bankhead in a Sentimental Journey and preview the music of one of our most popular events.
SHE LOVES HIM
Utah Theatre
July 18 • 4:30-5:30 pm • $10
Join the leads of She Loves Me, Vanessa Ballam and Stefan Espinosa, for a candid reflection of family life in art.
PERCUSSION FROM THE PIT!
Ellen Eccles Theatre Pit
July 20 • 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. (Seating Limited–ticket required)
A PALETTE OF MANY COLORS
Dansante Rehearsal Hall
July 20 • 4:30-6:00 pm • $10
Experience art in the making with Master Painter Kent Wallis.
VILLAINY!
Utah Theatre
July 21 • 10-11:00 am • $10
Festival favorite Kevin Nakatani gives perspective on the creation of a villain.
PENNY DREADFUL: SWEENEY TODD’S LONDON
Dansante Recital Hall
July 22 • 4:30-5:30 pm • $10
Kathleen Lane dissects Victorian London, the consequences of the Industrial Revolution, inner-city population explosion, disease and class distinction to reveal if the Penny Dreadful tale could have indeed existed.
PRESTO CHANGE-O(VER)
Ellen Eccles Theatre
July 24 • 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 DIALECTS OF FLEET STREET
Utah Theatre
July 25 • 10-11:00 am • $10
Study the dialects of Sweeney Todd with resident demon dialect coach, Stefan Espinosa.
UNMASKED: THE MUSICALS OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
Utah Theatre
July 25 • 4:30-5:30 pm • $10
Join Jared Rounds as we look at the musicals of the world’s most famous composer, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber.
BACKSTAGE MAGIC
Utah Theatre
July 28 • 10-11:00 am • $10
Learn the secrets of the technical side of production from our team of experts.
5, 6, 7, 8...
Dansante Rehearsal Hall
July 29 • 4:30-5:30 pm • $10
Experience the choreography journey from our 2020 season. Participation encouraged.
THE PRINCE OF BROADWAY
Utah Theatre
July 30 • 4:30-5:30 pm • $10
Michael Ballam presents on the Broadway giant, Hal Prince, the original director and producer of She Loves Me and Sweeney Todd.
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
Dansante Recital Hall
July 31 • 4:30-5:30 pm • $10
James M. Bankhead discusses the man behind the genius and magic of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
BROADWAY BOUND JR. PERFORMANCE
Utah Theatre
August 1 • 10-12:00 pm • $10
See the future stars of the Utah Festival in their culminating musical theatre performances from Broadway Bound.
THE STYLE OF THE SEASON
Dansante Recital Hall
August 3 • 4:30-5:30 pm • $10
Jenn Sheshko Wood, Director of Costumes at Utah Festival, discusses what it takes to costume a repertory season.
VOCAL TECHNIQUE
Utah Theatre
August 4 • 10-11:00 am • $10
Watch Dr. Errik Hood in action as he coaches young singers in a vocal technique Masterclass.
MOZART’S AUSTRIA
Dansante Recital Hall
August 6 • 4:30-5:30 pm • $10
Learn about Mozart’s world and influences with the marvelous Kathy Johnson.
PRESTO CHANGE-O(VER)
Ellen Eccles Theatre
August 7 • 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.
BROADWAY BOUND SR. PERFORMANCE
Utah Theatre
August 8 • 10-12:00 pm • $10
See the future stars of the Utah Festival in their culminating musical theatre performances from Broadway Bound.


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