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Our Friend

December 2, 2012

Early Saturday morning our dear friend Russ McBride passed away.

He was a staple at the Midvale Main Street Theatre. Yesterday, Tammy sent the following letter to the cast of Hairspray! and Sweeney Todd:

This is truly one of the saddest days in my life and one of the most difficult things I’ve had to write. Early this morning we lost another amazing cast member. Russ McBride passed away from a massive stroke. I do not have much in the way of details yet but as soon as I do I will pass them on to you.

What a great gift it was to any of us who shared the stage with him or were witness to his comic genius on stage with Quick Wits. His memory will live on here at the the theatre as we all mourn his loss but remember the wonderful friend, father & performer he was.

I want to take the chance to tell you all how much I love you, it’s important to me that each of you know how much you mean to me and I know that Russ felt exactly the same.

Russ’ viewing will be Monday, December 10th from 6-8pm at Myers in Roy 5865 s 1900 w in Roy. The funeral is Tuesday, Dec 11th at 11am (viewing that day from 10-10:45) at the Chateau Park Church (formerly 3rd, 8th, 23rd wards) building, 5930 s 2200 w in Roy. We would love to show Nik how loved his dad was…..

The only thing worse than the pain we feel in losing such a friend is the thought that we might not have had the chance to care for one another at all.  Within the walls of the Midvale Main Street Theatre, strangers become family. And life becomes richer and more blessed than any of us might have imagined.

We will miss you so much Russ.


Russ as The Judge in Sweeney Todd


Russ as a T-Rex in Quick Wits


Silver Summit Theatre Presents SCREWTAPE

November 27, 2012

Silver Summit Theatre Company’s Screwtape is opening this Thursday and playing thru Sunday evening at the

Midvale Main Street Theatre

7711 S Main St (700 West)

Midvale, UT

Based on the book The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis and adapted for the stage by James Forsyth, Screwtape is an edgy, devilish dramatic contest with high-level meaning, thrashed out on stage with brilliant low-level comedy and wicked wit.

Wormwood has just completed his training and as a junior fiend, he is being critically supervised in this, his first case by none other than that extraordinary old devil, Screwtape. Woodworm is tasked with seizing the soul of a very human and very struggling young man, and although the advice he receives from Screwtape is devastatingly perceptive of human foibles and how to exploit them (and why not? after all the old hand from Hell has been at it for ages), the young fiend is determined to do things his own way.

Our troubled young man, despite the unexpected love of a wonderful young woman, is in terrible danger as Wormwood works tirelessly to lead him slowly on the path to Hell. What will happen when hell, heaven, religion, and humanity collide?

*This show may not be appropriate for younger audience members. It is ultimately a parent’s responsibility to determine whether or not their child should attend.

Where to buy your tickets:
or at the door. $15 adult/$12 seniors, students and military.

Limited engagement, performances are:

THU NOV. 29 7:30 PM
FRI NOV. 30 7:30 PM
SAT DEC. 1 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM
SUN DEC. 2 5:30 PM

On Golden Pond

May 7, 2012

This is a picture of Tom Aldredge and Frances Sternhagen in 1979 playing Norman and Ethel Thayer  at the New Apollo Theater.

This is Henry Fonda and Katherine Hepburn playing the same characters in the 1981 production.

and here is James Earl Jones playing Norman Thayer on Broadway in 2004.

After 35 years, this play just gets better with age.

Join us at the Midvale Main Street Theatre on May 17th at 7pm to see our very own Timothy Schomburg and Mary Mason as Norman and Ethel Thayer. You are in for a treat!

$10/ticket. 7711 S Main Street (700 West) Midvale, Utah

Visit for more information.

The show runs May 17-19–Thursday, Friday and Saturday–at 7pm. We have one matinee performance on Saturday, May 19th at 2pm.

Introducing Mr. Tom Drury as Bob Ewell

January 26, 2012

With To Kill a Mockingbird opening in just 3 weeks, I want to introduce our readers to some of the talented players they will see performing.

We’ll start by introducing Mr. Tom Drury.

He submitted his bio the other day for the program and he listed some boring stuff. He was in some movie about Daniel Boone, he performed on a USO Tour, he played Tevya in Fiddler on the Roof, blah blah blah blah… I mean who hasn’t performed in SE Asia on a USO tour?  And Tevya? Really? He wishes he was a rich man–but he’s not! So why should we pay attention to him. Poor people aren’t interesting!

No… the best part about Mr. Tom Drury?  (Wait for it… )


He plays the BANJO!!


And the guitar… but the BANJO!! It’s like the pretty skinny cousin of the fat guitar. Guitars are fine, but because banjos are skinny, they’re clearly better.*



Come and see the show opening Thursday, Feb 16th and you’ll see Mr. Drury play both the guitar and the banjo. We realize that To Kill a Mockingbird  isn’t a musical, but when you’ve got talented musicians in a cast, it would be a tragic waste to not have them play for audiences.

Stay tuned for more cast introductions!

*As a fat girl, I can make fun of fat people or instruments all I want. If you’re skinny, it’s offensive. But because I’m pleasantly plump, I can make these kinds of jokes.

Posted by Eve Speer

The Space

January 25, 2012

Right now, the theatre is empty.

I love looking at the empty stage and imagining the shows before they come to life.

In this space, audiences and players will come together and create beautiful worlds.

In just a couple of weeks, audiences will join players in Maycomb County, Alabama.

The empty chairs, the empty stage . . .

The theatre is a magical place. Soon we’ll come together as artists and audience members and the whole space will transform into a whole new world filled with life and beauty.

Join us when we open Thursday, Feb. 16th at 7pm. You can get your tickets by visiting

Posted by Eve Speer

Acting Lessons Produce Better Communicators for Careers!

January 24, 2012

A trained voice is one that will get you a lot more places than you might have imagined. Think of the many places of value where you might fit as someone who stands out in a crowd vocally. This is not only about singing. There are many suave speakers with an innate power of their voice that have polished sets of skills.
How many of us grew up with the monotone school teacher who lectured without so much as flinching in expression? (Bueller? Ferris Bueller?)

On the other hand, I bet we all know people who are such great storytellers that we can’t wait to hear what they have got to say next. Generally, the latter group paid close attention to other people who were fun and interesting to listen to and then honed those skills.
Acting lessons are a great place to begin to gain these skills. This is a place where we begin to give distinct personality to a voice and help you to stand out in a crowd as a performer, storyteller, speaker, and teacher. Acting lessons are a fun, non-threatening way to gain insight and innovation to move you to being the “go to” person within your organization. You will learn voice modulation techniques as well as physical movement so that your messages come across more clearly.
These skills are used by celebrities, film and TV personalities, business professionals, educators, public speakers, ministers, broadcast journalists, musical theatre performers, radio personalities, stand-up comics, talk show hosts, beauty pageant contestants, musicians, vocalists, choir members, etc. All must be able to clearly communicate points of view and key information to audiences. These skills also help you in your every day life as you develop ways of being better understood with what is being said. Dedication in your work brings so many possibilities in their careers.
To become successful and effective we must develop the full potential of your vocal skills and qualities. You must become an expert communicator and storyteller. The good news is that it can be done in a fun environment. We will work on sharp observation and active listening skills. These make you stand out as the strong, caring communicator you will become.
We will also work on shifting focus. This is the difference of moving your own personal focus from what you have to say to how well the information is being received and understood on the receiving end. You will also begin to feel more connected as you go through various stages in getting established from meetings and workshops to auditions and interviews. This will help to heighten your awareness of the impact you have on others. This will also help you shift your focus from being self-conscious to audience-awareness when you perform or speak and will make you more comfortable at any meet and greet type opportunities.

Posted by Holly Evans

We have a few students interested in moving forward with an actor’s workshop. The workshop will be held weekly, 5 weeks in a row. Contact us at or just email the theatre at if you would like to learn more. Visit for more information on private lessons and classes.

Quick Wits and Mama’s Boys

November 27, 2010

We just had a fabulous concert with The Mama’s Boys Band at the Midvale Main Street Theatre. They will be performing Holiday Shows at our theatre December 3, 4, and 11th. Don’t miss the fun!

Also, we have “Quick Wits” the Comedy Improv Troupe on Friday and Saturday nights at 10:00 p.m. Always funny, always exciting, always new! You can find out more at our Midvale Main Street Theatre main site.

For a sneak preview of these acts, check out this new clip!

The Halloween Countdown Has Begun!

October 25, 2010

The Performer Studio Halloween at Midvale Main Street TheatreHalloween Concert This Saturday!

The Performer Studio, under the care of Kait Kingston-Eckman, will be performing at the Midvale Main Street Theatre on Saturday, October 30th, at 2:00 p.m, giving you something new and adventurous to begin your Halloween festivities!

The band, Light Vizion, released a new CD earlier this year and will also be performing at this show!

There will be singing, dancing, laughing, chanting, and…spooking! So, bring it on! Let’s make this a Halloween to remember!

The Midvale Main Street Theatre kitchen will be open with all sorts of treats plus hot dogs, chili dogs, hoagie sandwiches, navajo taco’s, pretzels, popcorn, etc. So come ready to make a day of celebrating with the Midvale Main Street Theatre House Ghosts!


Quick Wits…Funny, funny, funny!

October 24, 2010

We just finished up our 4th show with the Comedy Improv group, Quick Wits. Just like their name implies, they kept us on the edge of our seats with wild anticipation for what may come up next! Quick Wits has joined the Midvale Main Street Theatre with a very cooperative schedule to give us something really fun to do on a weekend night. This is not your regular group of stand-up comedians (though I’m sure they are terrific at that, too). Quick Wits splits into teams and literally competes to “out-do” the other team, pushing the comedy edge into true comic genius.

Quick Wits will perform at the Midvale Main Street Theatre every Friday and Saturday night beginning at 10:00 p.m. Ticket prices are extremely affordable at $8.00 a seat (and a $2.00 discount per ticket for Seniors and Students) payable at the door the night of each performance.


Acting School Definition of Method Acting

September 28, 2010