Posts Tagged ‘community theatre’

The Paycheck

February 7, 2012

Anyone who has worked in theatre knows that the best thing about it is the experience you get to have with the people. For years, I worked with a more professional type of actor. I say professional because they got paid. But whether you’re getting paid or not, you never get paid enough. There is never enough money to compensate you for the late nights, the memorization, the time…Among the more professional set, there is a sense of mission. A sense that, despite the low wages, we were all doing something meaningful. And you got the sense that everyone felt a call to the work. But because jobs in the theatre are sparse, there was always a competitive undercurrent.

While there is a nobility and a generosity among professional theatre artists–(some of you are openly guffawing at my use of the word “nobility”)–there is an undefinable magic in community theatre volunteers. They volunteer their time, gas money, ideas, talents, all to creating a great show! And they all do it because of love. Some people might consider this naive. But I think they understand better than most what is truly valuable in life.

As I was perusing the cast member’s online pics for crazy pics I could use in these introductory blogs, I kept coming across the cast members with loved ones. Their expressions are of genuine joy and affection. They understand what it is to be a truly happy human being.

I love that I get to spend my nights (and some Saturdays) with these magical people.


This is Marc Reading and his beautiful wife. I’ve been friends with Marc since we were both at Bear River High School. He has always been the first one to volunteer to help. He would go from show to show, often doing two shows at the same time because everyone understood that if Marc was in your show, he would make it better than it ever could have been. When you come to see the show, you’ll note a very important scene. I had decided to direct this scene one way, but Marc kindly made a brilliant suggestion that would make it better. And it was!

This is Mike and Mindy Hardy with their niece on her wedding day. I love this pic because you can see Mindy’s beautiful smile–and I love that in the caption their niece said that these two were her favorite Aunt and Uncle. After working with Mike and Mindy, it is easy to see how they are her favorites.  Mindy comes to rehearsal with a warm smile for everyone. I love that she’s playing the mean old lady Mrs. Dubose. It’s just so funny to see this warm open person play this cantankerous biddy.

This is David Bowe with his little sister. I love this picture because in almost every picture you see of David, he’s got a grouchy smirk on his face. And in this picture, with his hand rested on his sister’s shoulder, he is open and smiling. David is a talented actor and it makes me happy that he volunteers his time to come and play with us at Midvale Main Street Theatre, though when I see this picture, I’m not surprised. He gets it.

And last but not least, here’s a picture of two of my favorite people. Annie Giardinelli and Kathryn Mungin. These two have been bright lights flitting around Midvale Main Street Theatre for as long as I have been there. It isn’t just the smile they bring to others’ outside of the theatre, but this is picture of the two of them in Hairspray! and it’s clear they’ve figured it out as well.

So maybe volunteer actors don’t make much money, but there is some intangible pay off that these volunteers embrace. And then share with loved ones and friends.

And unlike money, this love, this magic, this generosity–it never seems to run out. Or if it ever feels like it might, you can just come back to the theatre and get a refill.

For your own refill, come and see To Kill A Mockingbird at 7711 S. Main (700 W), Midvale. Visit for tickets. Tickets are only $10. The show opens next Thursday, Feb 16th. Remember our showtimes are earlier than most (7pm)–because we have Qwik Wits every Friday and Saturday night at 10pm.

Posted by: Eve Speer

Around the Globe Theatre Company Auditions

July 13, 2011

Around The Globe Theatre Company

Announces Auditions for:

Ten Times Two; The Eternal Courtship

Auditions and performances will be held at the Midvale Main Street Theatre for Ten Times Two.

Auditions July 23, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Callbacks July 30, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

More information is available on our Midvale Main Street Theatre main site.

NOTE:  If you haven’t yet purchased tickets for “The Tempest” which begins this week, it’s not too late. Tickets are available on our website at the above link! The Tempest is also an Around the Globe Theatre Company production.

Auditions are July 23rd at the Midvale Main Street Theatre from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Callbacks will be  July 30, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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Callbacks will be  July 30, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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Callbacks will be  July 30, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Big Summer Announcements at the Midvale Main Street Theatre!

July 5, 2011

It is Summertime in Utah and we have got some outstanding productions and opportunities coming up for you. First off, our regular group of Quick Wits are continuing their Friday and Saturday night shows at 10:00pm. They are always funny and worth your time…but there’s more! Jason and Russ are going head-to-head (or rather beard to head) in an Ultimate Improv Showdown slated for August. The winner gets amazing bragging rights, the loser has to shave! Yep, the beard or the head depending on who wins!


This month, Around the Globe Theatre Company presents William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” directed by Beth Bruner. The Tempest will run on various dates from July 15-30 of 2011. We are both eager and pleased at the work this company is doing in bringing these great works to life.


August brings us Titus Productions under the Direction of Jake Andersen with Peter Pan. You may have seen their Rock Opera of Alice in Wonderland at the Midvale Main Street Theatre last Summer. I’m confident that this will prove to be every bit as delightful.

Last, but certainly not least, we are announcing auditions for Sweeney Todd. They will be held August 23rd at the Midvale Main Street Theatre at 7:30 pm. We invite you to go to our main Midvale Main Street Theatre website for more information on any of the above shows or auditions.

Have a safe and happy summer!

Tammy Ross

Alice In Wonderland Rocked!

October 20, 2010

We recently had a group named Titus Productions produce and perform a rendition of Alice in Wonderland at the Midvale Main Street Theatre. This was a great piece of Community Theatre that added so many new faces to our stage. These delightful performances were a musical parody using modern ballads and rock music to emphasize the emotional twists of the story.

The creative story modifications were from the brilliance of Director/Producer Jake Andersen and we look forward to more productions from this group in the near future.


Broadway Babies

July 26, 2010

Broadway Babies at the Midvale Main Street TheatreBROADWAY BABIES

Tonight and tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. at the Midvale Main Street Theatre we have “Broadway Babies.”

Broadway Babies is a delightful adventure through dance and song with music from Broadway shows that feature children. New story lines were created for an entirely new perspective and adventure through music that we already know and love featuring talented children from our own community theatre groups. This is a beautiful production for the entire family!

All Tickets are $5.00 at the door. All seats are general admission. We have great food and treats as well. Come and join us for a night of family fun!

Open Auditions for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

July 9, 2010

Auditions are Open for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Hey You Guuuyyyyyysss!

The Midvale Main Street Theatre will be holding auditions for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest on August 18th, 2010 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Interested actors will be asked to perform a 1 minute pre-memorized monologue as well as performing a reading from the script while at the theatre.

We are looking for 13 min and 4 women for this cast. Might one of them be you? Let’s find out!

We have a lot going on at the Midvale Main Street Theatre. Come and check out our regular site!


April 18, 2010

Footloose at the Midvale Main Street Theatre

The first week of the Midvale Main Street Theatre musical performances of Footloose not only exceeded our expectations, the audience responses have been magnificent as well.

This production has a terrific mix of  actors in their debut performances from our own community as well as many who have polished their abilities over years of live theatre performing. Regardless of the amount of time they have previously spent on stage, the performances have been delightful.

It is truly a joyful experience to see such dedication to live musical theatre performances. Footloose is fun in the fact that it has small-town atmosphere, yet an entire High School worth of students. The roles, themselves, are energetic and relatable to issues we all deal with periodically in our lives. There are a lot of roles and those who perhaps did not have a lead role this time around, feel happy for yourselves! You are a part of a major team effort. Without you, the show would not be the same. Every one of you continues to be an important addition to our Footloose cast and we look forward to this next week of performances with great expectations, excitement, and gratitude!

A slideshow featuring members of the cast of Footloose during rehearsals may be seen here. Footloose!

We do still have tickets available online for our performances next week and hope you all will join us!

Catching Up and Coming Up!

March 3, 2010

Hello Friends! We just wanted to take a moment and catch you all up on some of the recent events at the Midvale Main Street Theatre!

February was a huge month with All You Need Is Love! We also had a surprise performance at both performances of All You Need Is Love by Magician, Craig Campbell. You can click on these links and see fun clips of these performances!

We have redesigned and updated our kitchen and concessions areas and will begin having more selections for food as well as terrific gifts to support our performances available on a regular basis.

We have so many surprises coming up!

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The first is the addition of a new production by Poison Ivy Mysteries! The new production, “DEATH…THE FINAL FRONTIER. MAY THE CORPSE BE WITH YOU,” will begin on March 19, 2010, at the Midvale Main Street Theatre at 7:00 p.m.

We are happy to introduce this Dinner/Theatre production that is certain to be an outstanding addition to our establishment.

The folks at Costa Vida are catering this event and will be serving their Costa Fiesta…you will have a choice of a Large Burrito with either chicken, pork, or beef with rice, beans and fabulous garnishes (lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, etc.) -or- a chicken, pork, or beef salad with crunchy corn chips and cheese, rice, and beans! Costa Vida

Now, the best part…the cost for this entire dinner/theatre event just as it is addressed above…$20.00 per person! What a terrific way to spend the evening doing something completely new!

That’s $10.00 for the theatre production and $10.00 for the meal. By the way, they are independent of one-another. You can see the production (and only pay for that) if you so choose.

We will also have our concessions stand open so that if someone in your group would rather have something different, we will have that available, too!

To purchase tickets for this production, please click on this Poison Ivy Mysteries Link.

It’s Here! All You Need Is Love!

February 11, 2010

The Cast of All You Need Is Love!

“All You Need Is Love” begins tonight (February 11, 2010) at the Midvale Main Street Theatre. This Cast of players consists of the Performing Arts Groups from our local “Guyz N Dollz” performers,  lead by Wendy Smedshammer, Tammy Ross, and the Guyz N Dollz instructors.

All You Need Is Love will run two nights…tonight and tomorrow night only… beginning at 7:00 p.m.

This is a really fun piece of Musical Community Theatre with music we have all grown to love through the years, dancing that is contagious, and a story line you will not soon forget. This is perfect for the entire family, for date night, and for Valentine’s Day as it is set in the environment of Cupid’s Sweet Shop!

The Midvale Main Street Theatre is hosting this production and has completely revamped their kitchen and concessions area to provide you with outstanding service and great food options; and of course tasty treats. Show up a little bit early and check it out!

We will also be offering Gift Baskets perfectly suited for Valentine’s Gifts at very reasonable prices. Speaking of reasonable prices, All You Need Is Love is being offered at $5.00 per seat and all tickets may be paid for at the door with no additional costs. Proceeds from this production will go toward the Guyz N Dollz Performing Arts travel for the upcoming year.

See you at 7:00 p.m. today and/or tomorrow!

(Season Ticket Holders, this is perfect to start off the year!)

Auditions for Footloose!

January 2, 2010


It’s a new season at the Midvale Main Street Theatre and we have great things in the works! To start the year off, Footloose!

Actors, Vocalists, Dancers and Community Theatre Enthusiasts, Are you ready to jump in and play with Live Theatre? Come on down! Footloose has many roles for everyone!

Open auditions are for ages 13 and up (There are adult roles in Footloose, too!) and will be held on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on the stage of the Midvale Main Street Theatre.

Call backs will be on Saturday, January 23, 2010 beginning at 1:30 p.m.

The first cast read-through will be held Tuesday, January 26, 2010 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Performances of Footloose are slated to run during the third and fourth weeks of April, 2010!