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Be The Bard: A Midsummer Night’s Dream–A Fun Twist On A Beloved Shakespearean Classic!

August 28, 2012

Salt Lake City, UT – Be the Bard: A Midsummer Night’s Dream is making its debut at the Midvale Main Street Theatre September 13-22. This well-known Shakespearean comedy portrays the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus, and the Queen of the Amazons, Hippolyta. These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors, who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set.

Be the Bard: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, conceived by A-Muses co-producer, David Hanson, turns this familiar comedy on its head by inviting a few volunteers from the audience during each performance to be part of the cast in some select roles. The audience member is handed a script or cue cards and a basic costume, and then joins the actors in this hilarious, zany romp. “I was inspired by my research of Shakespearean audiences in conceiving this production,” Hanson says. “In Shakespeare’s time, audiences were quite participative during a performance. Because his work is so well-known, I thought it would be fun to involve audience members as cast members. No two shows will be the same, and each one offers something fun for everyone. I look forward to bringing more of these types of comedies in this same fashion to local audiences in the future.”

Mike Brown directs and this production with Elise Hanson as assistant director. The cast includes Travis Hyer (Thesus), Julie Benedict (Hippolyta), Rusty Bringhurst (Egeus & ), Kathryn Wilkins (Hermia), Kati Paul (Helena), Ryan Honeycutt (Lysander), Sean Keene (Demetrius), Jeremy Jonsson (Oberon), Michelle Hall (Titania), Eve Speer (Puck), Timothy Schonburg (Peter Quince), Rusty Bringhurst (Nick Bottom), Bryce Kamryn (Francis Flute), and a variety of audience members in several roles.  

Fairy Queen & King with the Lovers [Left to right: Michelle Hall (Titania), Jeremy Jonsson (Oberon), Kati Paul (Helena) & Sean Keene (Demetrius)]
Photo by: Mike Brown

Performance Details:
Dates: September 13-15, 20-22, 2012

Times: 7:30pm

Location: Midvale Main Street Theatre, 7711 South Main Street, Midvale, UT 84047

Tickets: $10

Reservations: 801-566-0596 or online at www.a-muses.com

Wheelchair accessible
About A-Muses:
A-Muses is a production company and marketing and advertising organization that supports the performing arts. They offer a variety of branding, interactive, media, and event management/production services that support the unique needs of customers and audiences. They work to help arts organizations cultivate current customer relationships and reach new audiences while helping artists and performers rise above the competition.

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Phillip the Acting Dog

January 21, 2012

I’m directing To Kill a Mockingbird at Midvale Main Street Theatre. The show goes up Feb 16th. Come and see it!

These are the talented kids playing Dill (the future Truman Capote), Scout (young Harper Lee) and Jem… (who is someone wonderful too, I’m sure.)  The kids playing Scout and Jem are brother and sister in real life. I have funny stories about these three, but I’ll save those for later.

This is a picture of some of the gentlemen in the cast. The guy playing Atticus is a rhetoric professor at UVU. Bob Ewell is played by Tom Drury, a great old actor and banjo player!

But this entry is about a dog.

One of the guys in the cast, Joe Puente, has a little dog that is 13 years old. The dog’s name is Phil. Phil is old, wise, and near deaf. Joe brings him to rehearsal every night. The dog wanders across the stage at will, which I frankly love! The play is about a little southern town and most of the scenes take place outside, so watching a dog walk across the stage at random moments just cracks me up.

There’s a scene where the kids tell Calpurnia about a mad dog coming down the street. Calpurnia goes up to the Boo Radley house and says, “Mad dog! Mad dog’s coming!”

And like clockwork, Phil comes trotting onto the stage EVERY TIME she says this line. He enters from the right entrance and everything. It cracks me up! And the kids and Calpurnia all react appropriately running from the dog and screaming “Mad dog!” and so Phil, who is generally perfectly quiet, picks up his head and barks.

It’s a riot.

And that is generally how rehearsals go.

There are serious moments, but most of the time, we’re just having a wonderful time laughing and working.

If you can make it, I’d love to have you see this show!

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.

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.

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.