The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0814.  Monday, 4 August 1997.

From:           David Evett <R0870%This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Saturday, 2 August 1997 7:08pm ET
Subject:        Utah Shakespearean Festival

The Utah Shakespearean Festival presents a summer season of Shakespeare
and other standards in two theaters on the campus of Southern Utah State
College in Cedar City, in the southwestern part of the state about
midway between the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas, and a couple of hours
from half-a-dozen national parks and monuments.  The festival emphasizes
Family Entertainment.  A company of 10 experienced Equity actors and
about 40 others, mostly young performers working on or just finished
with an undergraduate or MFA program, present a program of six plays, in
rep, throughout July, August, and early September, together with
pretheater entertainment on the grounds-skits, dancing, story-telling,
puppetry, etc.  There are two theaters, an outdoor arena influenced by
the Walter Hodges reconstruction of the Globe, with a spacious two-level
stage, and an indoor proscenium.  Production values are fairly
high-fully dressed sets on the indoor stage, full period costume-though
we found the designs relatively unimaginative.  The productions we saw
were straightforward, conservative treatments of the texts, and all in
all quite satisfactory-well-spoken, clear, conscientious, and generally
very well received.  Tickets range $19-35, and if your plans take you in
that direction it's definitely a worthwhile evening.

Dave Evett

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