Talent shows usually consist of musical artists and dancers, but one BYU student has combined the two, and it  has pushed her to the top 48 on NBC’s television show “America’s Got Talent.” Lindsey Stirling’s talent consists of playing violin while dancing hip-hop. She played and danced to the song “Right Round” by hip-hop artist [...]

To you, why does theatre matter? This should be Theatre with a capital “T”, meaning all theatrical endeavors from movies to pageants. Artistic endeavors civilize us, teach us, and give us formulas and thoughts to live by. I’d like to quote Brigham Young who said, “Upon the stage of a theater can be represented in character, [...]

Sometimes fate will take you by the hand and lead you somewhere without you even realizing it. It's only when you look back that you notice. Some of the Mormon families that perform in Branson didn't call it fate when they spoke of their gradual emergence onto the stages there — many called it the [...]

Breaking into the Mormon music scene takes talent. That's a given. It also takes work — and a lot of it. But to succeed in the fast-changing LDS market today involves some other components as well. There's luck, being seen and heard by the right people. And there's the thing about self-confidence and selling well [...]

Stirling, who served an LDS Church mission to New York, was also — get this — America's Junior Miss from Arizona in 2005. And she finished second in the talent competition at the national pageant. Stirling seemed to surprise a lot of people, not just the judges on "Talent." She's really good. via Returned missionary [...]

Mormon sisters Ali and Christina Christensen were told early in life they would never sing in public because their cystic fibrosis would restrict their breathing and cut their lives short. via Mormon sisters fighting their way to 'America's Got Talent' finals | Mormon Times.

While soccer fans from much of the rest of the world were trying to make their way to her home country for the latter stages of the World Cup, Kim Brown was traveling from just north of Johannesburg, South Africa, to a hillside between the villages of Manchester and Palmyra. via Passion for Hill Cumorah [...]

Several chapters in the interesting history of the Mormons in Northeast Ohio are being portrayed in the hour-long musical production of "This Is Kirtland!," staged at the Kirtland Latter Day Saints Church, 8751 Kirtland Road. Performances, which began on Thursday, continue this evening, on Wednesday through July 10 and July 15 to 17. Doors open [...]

We call upon you in the arts, you my precious brothers and sisters, to expand your vision of what can be done. If we're going to fill the world with goodness and truth then we must have artists who are worthy to receive inspiration so they can bless the lives of our Heavenly Father and [...]

David Archuleta's favorite day is Sunday. He can relax and listen to some music. He says it's a perfect time to listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. And for Archuleta, being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a plus. "My life is in the Lord's hands," he says. "Even [...]

The musical "Come Home to Kanesville" tells the story of love and faith among pioneers set against this historical backdrop. This summer, the show will run from July 20 to July 31, excluding Sundays and Mondays, at the Kanesville Tabernacle (222 E. Broadway in Council Bluffs). The show begins at 7 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, and at [...]

Celebrating their 40th anniversary, BYU’s Young Ambassadors returned to the roots of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by performing in and around Nauvoo this summer. The Young Ambassadors arrived in Nauvoo on June 7 and began performing at the Church’s Visitors’ Center the next night. The group followed with two weeks of [...]

Carthage. What does the name bring to mind — a jail? a murder? That's what the town has meant to Mormons for 166 years, but at least for one warm night in June, Carthage took on a new identity. Put this picture in your mind: A talented group of BYU students performing at the opening [...]

A summer tradition is underway again in Central Utah. It's the 44th season of the Mormon Miracle Pageant in Manti. via ksl.com – Annual Mormon Miracle Pageant tells story of faith to thousands.

Michael Ballard, a program producer for Montana PBS, was recently awarded two Emmys by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Northwest Chapter.Ballard, a member of the Bozeman 1st Ward, Bozeman Montana Stake, won for directing and editing in connection with the documentary "Never Long Gone: Mission Mountain Wood Band Story." The documentary tells [...]

The closing sentence of the thirteenth Article of Faith provides a favorable frame of reference for both the production and the consumption of cinema, as well as all the arts. It reads “If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.” On the production side, this sentence [...]

li Fisher, who plays the part of the young Biddy in this summer's Utah Shakespearean Festival premiere of "Great Expectations," has a few great expectations of her own. "I want to be on Broadway, in movies, all of that," Fisher said in a recent interview with the Mormon Times . "I want to do that [...]

With a cast of about 1,600 youths and hundreds of people who either served as part of the crew or helped in preparations, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' pre-temple dedication cultural celebration was an event for the ages. via Lifestyle : What a show! – Eastern Arizona Courier.

No one knows what costumes they're going to wear or what routine they will dance, but members of the ballroom dance team at Utah Valley University brought in expert choreographers and have doubled up rehearsals to help them deliver an exciting performance for today's 7 p.m. television debut on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."They're looking [...]

Schaffer, who lives in Spanish Fork with his wife and three children, proudly claims he's a geek at heart. A tour of his 2,500-square-foot west downtown Salt Lake City studio is like a walk through Wonderland for any genre-movie nerd. From the outside, the studio looks like an abandoned warehouse, and Schaffer doesn't announce the [...]

"This is definitely the adventure of a lifetime for me," the Mormon performer said. "I must say that my favorite part of my job here on the ship is to pick out individual children and see them light up as Cinderella waves to them and blows kisses at the end of our shows. It's amazing [...]

News has been circling the globe about how creators of "South Park" are ready to open a new Broadway musical next March mocking Mormons. Latter-day Saints may want to consider how they will respond to what is apt to be some biting satire at the expense of their culture and most sacred beliefs and history. [...]

Being a single Mormon gal in New York City isn’t without its unique challenges, and Baker addresses them with just the right blend of earnestness and self-deprecating humor. More Sex and the City than Big Love, Baker’s story is an uncommon version of a common enough conflict for the modern American woman: how to be yourself and [...]

News has been circling the globe about how creators of "South Park" are ready to open a new Broadway musical next March mocking Mormons. Latter-day Saints may want to consider how they will respond to what is apt to be some biting satire at the expense of their culture and most sacred beliefs and history. [...]

"Sometimes Mormons need to lighten up," he said. "Enjoy life, put a smile on your face and just represent the fact that Mormons are happy people. And sometimes we as LDS people get so caught up in the seriousness of our religion that we forget to enjoy life." via MormonTimes – For Donny Osmond the [...]

The film represents a reversal from the program’s most recent Emmy-winner. While Kites was a poignant tale of a grandson’s love, X-ing (pronounced “crossing”) identifies itself clearly as slapstick comedy with a major shock in the opening scene. via Meridian Magazine :: Arts: BYU Animators Win 10th ‘Student Emmy’ Despite Losing Key Students to Movie [...]

Trey Parker and Matt Stone have written a musical comedy called "The Book of Mormon" that will open on Broadway in March 2011. via `South Park' creators plan B'way musical for 2011. – Breitbart

Bricks-and-mortar locations losing ground to Netflix, Redbox and on-demand TV services. via Bye, bye, video stores – Salt Lake Tribune.

Jarrett Burns was raised in southern Georgia in a multicultural LDS family. He sometimes felt like "a fish out of water being a black Mormon in the Bible belt." While all the other boys in school were playing football, Burns was playing the piano and taking dance lessons. via MormonTimes – Burns: Change the world [...]

LAIE, Hawaii — The Polynesian Cultural Center's new night show, "Ha: Breath of Life," has been released on DVD. The DVD features the complete production of Hawaii's most popular paid tourist attraction along with 28-minutes of bonus features. The DVD is available for $30 at all PCC gift shops and online at www.polynesia.com. The DVD [...]

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