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2023 ACADEMY CLASS SCHEDULE


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OPERA & MUSICAL THEATRE SEMINAR
Utah Theatre
June 12-16 • 10-11:30 am • $60 • Join Dr. Michael Ballam for a comprehensive experience detailing the creation of every 2023 production.

THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: LOHENGRIN
Utah Theatre
July 5 • 10-11:00 am • $10 • Kick off our Director Series with Suzan Hanson, the director of Wagner’s Lohengrin.

THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: OLIVER!
AND GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE

Utah Theatre
July 6 • 10-11:00 am • $10 • Join George Pinney, director of Oliver! and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.

THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: AIDA
Utah Theatre
July 7 • 10-11:00 am • $10 • John de los Santos shares his journey helming both productions of Aida in his Utah Festival debut.

CREATING THE WORLD: GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE AND OLIVER!
Utah Theatre
July 8 • 10-11:00 am • $10 • Professor Dennis Hassan talks scenic design.

THE PIANISTS! BEHIND THE KEYS
Ellen Eccles Theatre Stage
July 10 • 10-11:00 am • $10 • You’ve heard their musical magic onstage, now interact with the stars behind the keys of The Pianists!

THE ARTIST’S PALETTE: WIGS AND MAKEUP
Utah Theatre
July 11 • 10-11:00 am • $10 • Melyssa Swensen head of makeup and wigs shares her process and tips of the trade.

THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: OUR TOWN
Utah Theatre
July 12 • 10-11:00 am • $10 • Director Vanessa Ballam dissects her process of creation for Our Town.

SCENIC DESIGN: LOHENGRIN AND AIDA
Utah Theatre
July 13 • 10-11:00 am • $10 • World re-nowned designer Patrick Larsen breaks down the process of creativity and design.

VERDI: THE MAN BEHIND THE MUSIC
Utah Theatre
July 14 • 10-11:00 am • $10 • Examine the life and works of Giuseppi Verdi with the marvelous Kathy Johnson.

BEYOND THE FOOTLIGHTS
Utah Theatre
July 15 • 10-11:00 am • $10 • John Mitchell, head lighting designer for Utah Festival, dazzles with his lighting seminar.

PERCUSSION FROM THE PIT
Ellen Eccles Theatre Pit
July 17 • 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)

CREATING THE KING OF PANGAEA
Utah Theatre
July 18 • 10-11:00 am • $10 • What does it take to create a new musical? Join composer Martin Storrow to learn more.

A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE: MURDER, MAYHEM AND THE BROADWAY MUSICAL!
Utah Theatre
July 19 • 10-11:00 am • $10 • Join the marvelous Jim Christian to explore the creative world of Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak.

THORNTON WILDER: THEATRICAL REBEL
Utah Theatre
July 20 • 10-11:00 am • $10 • Was Our Town the most radical play of the 20th Century? Join Professor Norm Schroder for answers.

WAGNER’S LOHENGRIN
Utah Theatre
July 21 • 10-11:00 am • $10 • Who is the man behind the art? Join Dr. Diana Livingston Friedley to delve into the life of Richard Wagner.

PRESTO CHANGE-O(VER)
Ellen Eccles Theatre
July 21, 28 • 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.

BACKSTAGE MAGIC
Utah Theatre
July 24 • 10-11:00 am • $10 • Learn the secrets
of the technical side of production from our team
of experts.

SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY
Utah Theatre
July 25 • 10-11:00 am • $10 • The one and only
Dr. James Michael Bankhead takes us on a preview of Sentimental Journey.

COSTUME DESIGN BASICS
Utah Theatre
July 26 • 10-12:00 pm • FREE • Jess Wallace, Utah Festival’s director of costumes, leads a discussion on her costume design process.

A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO “MURDER”
Utah Theatre
July 27 • 10-11:00 am • $10 • Fight Choreographer Stefan Espinosa lovingly guides you through the art of mayhem and violence.

CHARLES DICKENS’ OLIVER TWIST
Utah Theatre
July 28 • 10-11:00 am • $10 • How close is Lionel Bart’s version of Oliver! to Charles Dickens’ original text? Join Ross Peterson for the details.

AN UNDERSTUDY’S LIFE UPON
THE WICKED STAGE

Utah Theatre
July 31 • 10-11:00 am • $10 • Join Jared Rounds for an insider’s perspective on the role of an understudy.

A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE: BEHIND THE BATON
Utah Theatre
August 1 • 10-11:00 am • $10 • Maestro Arthur Bosarge takes you on musical tour of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.

SIR ELTON JOHN
Utah Theatre
August 2 • 10-11:00 am • $10 • Gary Griffin teaches about one of the most successful artists of all time. Sir Elton John has sold over 300 million records worldwide in his six-decade musical career.

THE MUSICAL STYLINGS OF OUR TOWN
Utah Theatre
August 3 • 10-11:00 am • $10 • Join Maestro
Karen Keltner to reflect on the music of Ned Rorem’s
Our Town.

STAGE MANAGEMENT
Utah Theatre
August 4 • 10-11:00 am • $10 • Join Utah Festival’s production manager Brian Newman and his team to explore behind the scenes.

ATTENTION EDUCATORS

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Vanessa Ballam | Education Director
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