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I DO! I DO!
Jul 6 - Aug 6
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MAGIC FLUTE
Jul 8 - Aug 7
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SWEENEY TODD
Jul 9 - Aug 7
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JOSEPH
Jul 10 - Aug 8
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SHE LOVES ME
Jul 11 - Aug 8
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THE PIANISTS!
Jul 14
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SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY
Jul 21 & 27
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VOCAL COMPETITION
Jul 28 & Aug 4
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VANESSA BALLAM

DIRECTOR, BRAVO, CARUSO!

Vanessa has graced the stage of such companies as Anchorage Opera, Theatre Under the Stars, PCPA Theatrefest, The Utah Shakespeare Festival, Pennsylvania Shakespeare, Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Music Theatre West, and The Lyric Repertory Company. Favorite roles include Eliza in My Fair Lady; Lilli Vanessi in Kiss Me, Kate; Desdemona in Othello; Maria in The Sound of Music; Peg in Peg O’ My Heart; Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical the Musical; and Gwendolen in The Importance of Being Earnest. A former Miss Utah, Vanessa honored with the Bert Parks talent award while at the Miss America Pageant. Vanessa spent three years as a Resident Actor at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in California where she oversaw the first year acting program, and has also served as a Visiting Professor of Acting at Utah State University.  Vanessa received her B.A. and B.F.A. from Utah State University and her M.F.A. in acting from Indiana University. Off the stage, Vanessa currently serves as an Associate Professor and the head of the Acting Program at Idaho State University, the Education Director for UFOMT, wife to actor Stefan Espinosa and mommy to Sebastian.


 

PAST UFOMT SEASONS |

2018 Director, The Secret Garden
Director, The Violet Hour
2017 Marian Paroo, The Music Man
Director, Seussical
2016 Magnolia Hawks, Show Boat
Mother, Ragtime
Director, Peter Pan
2014 Fantine, Les Misérables
Princess Margaret, The Student Prince
2013 Narrator, Joseph...Dreamcoat
Tzeitel, Fiddler on the Roof
2012 Eliza Doolittle, My Fair Lady
Lilli / Kate, Kiss Me, Kate
2010 Sarah Brown, Guys and Dolls
Maria, The Sound of Music
2009 Guenevere, Camelot
Yum-Yum, The Mikado
2003 Chava, Fiddler on the Roof
Ensemble, The Wizard of Oz
Ensemble, Madama Butterfly
Ensemble, Nabucco
1998 Ensemble, Pagliacci
Ensemble, The Pirates of Penzance
1997 Ensemble, Tosca
Ensemble, The Merry Widow
1996 Director's Assistant, 1776
1995 Ensemble, La traviata
Ensemble, She Loves Me
1994 Mimi, Fanny
1993 Ensemble, La bohème
 
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