NAUVOO, Ill. — Applications to audition to be a young performing missionary next summer in the Illinois Nauvoo Mission are due Nov. 30. Late applications will not be considered. Each year 20 stage missionaries, two to four tech missionaries and 16 to 18 band members are selected through an audition process, and will receive a [...]

"People were so surprised with the show at Sundance," Clark said. "Some people would say, 'That was Broadway quality. Those actors were Broadway quality.' And I don't think they were exaggerating. We have a lot of local talent that's as good as anything we will see in the bigger cities. And you can chalk that [...]

“There are hundreds and hundreds of people of faith working in Hollywood, doing it quietly,” he says. via BH Interview: As1 Founder on Rebuilding Bridges Between Hollywood and the Church.

"He told me to get my affairs in order," says Ballam, who sought a second opinion in Houston and a third in Denver, both of which resulted in the same head-shaking as in New York. He was a seriously sick man. He knew it was time to move home. Says Ballam, "New York City is [...]

When the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie, Hawaii, was first created in 1963, attendance was so low some days that the employees would go out to the road to recruit people to come watch them perform. "It is because of the faith of these people that the center is still around today," said Ray Magalei, [...]

“My “style” came from my experiences I had when I was the Executive Producer of the Donny and Marie Shows and Specials. Besides writing music and lyrics, I learned to produce and direct video and television and worked with the writers to think about and come up with as many visual opportunities to “SHOW” people [...]

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Fans of "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have a lot to look forward to in 2011. The 15th  season of their hit Comedy Central series is scheduled to begin in the spring. And in a bit of showbiz synergy, their new stage musical, "The Book of Mormon," will open on Broadway around [...]

Local actor Thom Duncan will recreate the colorful, riveting and often hilarious LDS apostle in his one-man show, “Preposterous Parley P!” during the Covey Center’s dinner and drama today through Saturday. via ‘Preposterous Parley P!’ in Provo |

True life has more plot twists and turns than any made-up play or film, and no one needs to tell that to Doug Stewart. Stewart is the playwright who wrote the script for "Saturday's Warrior" and screenplays for any number of films, including such noted family movies as "Against a Crooked Sky" and "Where the [...]

Luckily, Utah Shakespearean Festival’s new adaptation of Pride and Prejudice had two savvy theater directors — Joe Hanreddy and J. R. Sullivan — for playwrights. The two are experts at propelling words into action. Instead of having the characters tell us their back stories and read letters, we see them acted out in little tableaus [...]

A small Davis County youth theater troupe, established as the Utah branch of California’s Belasco Theatre Company, is now becoming its own boss. The company has filed a nonprofit application, and is launching its first musical, “Oliver!,” under its new name as the Jaks Theatre Company. via Youth theater troupe sets down Utah roots | [...]

Mormon Drama reached something of a high point in the 1950s.  Hundreds of performances of plays occurred in wards and stakes under the auspices of the MIA, which published as many as a dozen or more plays in its annual MIA Book of Plays. via Remembrance of Drama Past | A Motley Vision.

Director and choreographer Derryl Yeager — who as a dancer performed on Broadway in “Cats” — has assembled a talented cast of skillful, athletic dancers with equally adept voices. Under Yeager’s directorial hand, each cat character has enough flair and idiosyncrasies to show off his or her individual personality. Among the highlights are hip-gyrating, rock-and-roller [...]

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 [...]

The Polynesian Cultural Center is tweaking the presentation of "Ha: Breath of Life" as the show approaches its first anniversary. The PCC also has an exclusive offering for its Japanese visitors: a summertime spook alley. "Ha: Breath of Life" launched Aug. 14, 2009, in the PCC's 2,675-seat Pacific Theater and has helped the PCC, Hawaii's [...]

Each summer 20 young men arrive in Nauvoo, Ill., to participate in the Nauvoo Pageant. Rather than sing and dance on stage, they assist behind the scenes as the pageant work crew. via Behind the scenes at the Nauvoo Pageant | Mormon Times.

"Even comics that go blue get the sense that (they're getting) a cheap laugh," Jones said. "It's pushing the envelope and is just there for the sake of being there. If that's comedy, my brother would be the funniest man I know." via Mormon comic works to win laughs for clean jokes | Deseret News.

When you ask the cast of Hale Center Theater Orem’s “110 in the Shade” about working with Broadway stars, their response is simple: “Life-changing.” For two weeks, Utah County actors performed in a special engagement of the musical, featuring four-time Tony Award-winning actor Audra McDonald in the lead role of Lizzie, paired with her off-stage [...]

The rust-colored rocks of southern Utah serve as a grand backdrop to the leafy-green jungle musical, “Tarzan,” featured at the Tuacahn Amphitheatre this summer. Based on Disney’s film, the musical brings life and spirit into the unique desert theater. While Broadway musicals are typically found in Salt Lake City, the Tuacahn offers a completely different [...]

When the Groomses closed their family theater business in Provo two years ago, they were open to a new beginning. That fresh start in Florida didn’t go as planned. Back in Provo by way of unfortunate events, the family is returning to what it knows best — the stage. The Groomses reopened the Provo Center [...]

Why are they doing it? Perhaps the answer comes from the strong faith they've developed, pioneering the gospel in French Polynesia. Perhaps their culture and language help, with age-old expressions like, "Haere noa!" — "Keep on going!" and "A rohi!" — "Ever onward!" And for this trip at least, some strength must come from generations [...]

Palmyra, NY – Every year, Eric and Julie Lentz take their six children on a family vacation. Last year, the Lentz family — who are Mormons — drove across the country, visiting family and historical church sites in Ohio, Illinois and Salt Lake City, Utah. This year, they decided to drive an hour west to [...]

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 [...]

"Being in the pageant has been like living in Zion," Kim said. "We are living the scriptures on stage and off. It's really brought the Book of Mormon to life for us." via From South Africa to Hill Cumorah for the pageant | Mormon Times.

Utahns don’t have to travel far to see a Broadway star, as a number of stage notables are performing here in the coming months. via Seeing stars: Utah hosts Broadway actors and singers | The Salt Lake Tribune.

Utah Festival Opera unveiled two more works on Friday at Logan’s Ellen Eccles Theatre, bringing all four repertory productions on-line. This allows attendees the opportunity to witness in two days of matinees and evening performances what has turned out to be the company’s strongest season in memory. via Classics fresh yet authentic at Utah Festival [...]

A young woman from Samoa was soft-spoken and polite as she led a group of tourists around the Grandin Building on Main Street in downtown Palmyra. It’s the place where the first Book of Mormon was printed. She asked one of the three or four children in the group about a story in the Book [...]

The pageant has been going on for 70 years, and involves hundreds of people performing on the stage at one time. One came from halfway around the world to be here. Army specialist Greg Doyle has been stationed in Afghanistan since February. When he found out he was getting leave, he knew exactly where he [...]

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