The USAC Bettenhausen 100 is the most challenging race course in Austria. It has the highest vertical jumps in the world, with five hundred and fifty feet to offer. However, this high altitude also makes the course difficult to manage for the beginner’s who don’t have the experience or confidence to master the steep grades on more traditional courses. There are many factors that you will need to consider before you decide if this is the race for you.
For one, you must be an expert at USAC Bettenhausen 100. It’s one thing to be able to plan your runs at home. It is a whole different ball game altogether to plan your strategy for Bettenhausen, which puts you up against a trained and experienced competitor. It is important to ensure that you can not only beat your own times, but surpass your opponents.
Bettenhausen is a challenging course to both the professional and beginner’s of the sport. There is plenty of technical information that you need to grasp. If you plan on starting from the beginning and racing from the lead, then there are plenty of opportunities for you to do so. If not, you’ll definitely want to know how to do it, because you could really pay the price if you misread any instructions. I’ll give you more detailed information about this later on.
As far as I’m concerned, one of the most frustrating parts of the whole course to me is the part where you go out and hit the water. I don’t recommend going out in the dark and risking it just to have fun, that’s just dumb. My advice is to go out before dark, preferably with a helper, and get a guide that can help you navigate the course and stay out of the water if you need to. Make sure that you leave enough time in your outing to do some stretches and warm ups before you go out into the water, too.
Another aspect of this challenging course is that it’s not flat. You will be traveling along a slight slope the entire way, although not a massive one. The main problem is that you won’t always see the flat side of the road – you’ll see hilly terrain on your right and left. That can throw off your timing considerably, so make sure you get a good guide or look up some maps of the area to try to avoid this problem.
Overall, I’m not complaining. This is a challenging race to prepare for, but it’s a fun event to take part in nonetheless. I’ve won this race and tied many other ones, which says a lot about how well the drivers do in the races. They get a head start on the competition by being good on the water and off the water, which explains their high success rate in the races. I’ll stick with tickets for USAC Bettenhausen 100 Illinois next time out, I just know I’ll have more fun this time around.
Houston is the second largest metropolitan area in Texas, stretching from Galveston Bay to Beitaou Bay. It is closely associated with the Space Center Houston, an international space museum. The city has a very rich history, as it has been a main port for shipping, and trade throughout the years. The downtown area, known as the Theater District, has been a major entertainment center for the region and offers everything from theaters and concert halls to boutique restaurants and family-friendly outdoor playgrounds.
Suicide Silence Houston
Suicide Silence Houston is a non profit, nonprofit organization that educates and connects people who have recently lost a loved one to suicide in the Houston area. They have over 35 years experience providing crisis services to families and individuals in the Houston Metro Area. The organization offers an “Emotional Healing Program” and a bereaved family counseling service. This organization provides resources for families, professionals and volunteers. The program and counseling are provided in a loving and supportive environment.
The Front 242 is an online dating software program that has caught the eye of a lot of people in the internet. What makes it unique, what sets it apart from the crowd and what makes it successful? Get Front 242 Houston concert tickets. The answer to those questions really depends on you as the buyer – what you expect from the product, what it offers in terms of features and what price point you are comfortable with. The internet has truly become a magical place to purchase things and if you want to make a purchase like this one then you should definitely take your time. Read on to learn more about the product and how to find a good online store where you can purchase the Front 242 from.
Slightly Stoopid is an American musical group who described their music as “a blending of urban/rock, folk, blues and reggae with hip-hop, metal, and funk.” They have released five albums so far, and I can’t wait to see what they do next. Unlike many other artists, they don’t seem to have a “face” that you can recognize immediately. There’s none of the familiar faces that scream ‘bands play’ like Slightly Stoopid. Houston Slightly Stoopid concert is coming soon. This alone is interesting enough for me to want to check out their next album, but they’ve also gained some popularity recently thanks to their video for their song, “Don’t Play This Song.” The video features several members from other bands, but despite the presence of many different elements, there doesn’t seem to be much identifiable Slightly Stoopid in it.
The Jayhawks Houston
One of my favorite bands of all time, The Jayhawks have taken their influence from many other artists including Elvis, Bob Dylan, and Queen. But it is their greatest hits album that will always remain their greatest masterpiece, and I would rank them at the top of my list of great rock anthems. Everyone knows the words to this song, but if you haven’t heard it then break out your favorite CD, sit down, and play it. The Jayhawks take their title from a legendary town in Texas, which is called Houston, and it is where the band was born. The song is about two friends who move to the city, they meet some interesting people and begin to fall in love with the new Houston, and soon become a part of it’s history.
Shenandoah National Park offers a multitude of activities and experiences. Shenandoah River Rafting in Shenandoah, Virginia is one of the most popular and enjoyable weekend getaways. Families can take advantage of special events like the annual Shenandoah River Race, Fishing Tournament & Family Festival. Cheap Shenandoah Houston tickets can be purchased from Houstonbrite.com. Outdoor enthusiasts can go mountain biking, kayaking, canoeing, and participate in a variety of nature programs such as hiking, boating, wildlife watching, and more. Vacationing at one of the Shenandoah National Park campgrounds will provide you with a challenging yet affordable experience.
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.
Welcome to the Susan B. Anthony Society of the Sisters of Gertrude Stein
Julianna Boulter Blake-VERONICA “VERN” SCHULTZ
Julianna Boulter Blake is thrilled to be working with such a wonderful cast and crew, Julianna holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Utah Valley University and has a love for singing, playing the piano, and composing. While music may be her first love, theatre also holds a special place in her heart. She has enjoyed acting for many years, and is heavily involved with The Echo Theatre in Provo–a venue she founded with her husband. Some of her recent acting roles include Susannah Cibber in Joyful Noise and The Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods. When Julianna is not working on creative endeavors, she goes to her awesome day job at Property Solutions. Julianna is also blessed with wonderful friends and family, and she’d like to thank them for their support. She would especially like to thank her husband Jeff for encouraging her to continue to develop her talents.
Mandi Titcomb-GINNY CADBURY
Mandi Titcomb is a recent graduate of Westminster College with her BFA in Theatre Arts. She was last seen in the chorus of Salt Lake Greek Festival’s Hecuba. Some of her favorite roles include Signora Nacarelli (The Light in the Piazza), Emily Brent (And Then There Were None), Carmen Bernstein (Curtains), Poppy (Noises Off!), Mistress Page (The Merry Wives of Windsor), Theo (The Ride Down Mount Morgan), Henry (Henry V), and as Creator/Actor of Westminster’s verbatim theatre show, Speaking Your Piece: A Mosaic of Survival.
Michelle Linn Hall- WREN ROBIN
Michelle Linn Hall (Wren Robin) is thrilled to be working with Silver Summit Theatre for the first time. Theatre teacher by day and actress by night, Michelle has graced the stages of Utah for more than twenty years. Some of her favorite roles include ‘Jean’ in Dead Man’s Cell Phone, ‘Linda Swan’ in Cash on Delivery, ‘Crystal’ in Ghost of a Chance, and ‘Edna Louise’ in Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. She is thrilled to be part of such an extraordinary production. Much thanks to the cast and crew, and to her endlessly supportive family.
Karli Rose Lowry- DALE PRIST
Karli is so happy to have her quiche on display along with all of these talented lesbians. She is a Salt Lake City native and studied musical theatre at the University of Utah, under the direction of Denny Berry. Some of her favorite roles include: Woman (35 MM/Good Company Theatre), Squeaky Fromme (Assassins/Dark Horse Theatre Co.), Maureen (Rent/Utah Rep), Mrs. Lovett (Sweeney Todd/U of U), Crissy (Hair/U of U) and Mazeppa (Gypsy/Dark Horse Theatre Co.). Karli would like to shout out to her main squeezes and her family that have supported her creative endeavors (#1). “The demand for equal rights in every vocation of life is just and fair; but, after all, the most vital right is the right to love and be loved.” – Emma Goldman
Julie Silvestro Waite- LULIE STANWYCK
Julie has a BA in Musical Theatre from Weber State University, and has worked as a director, music director, pit conductor, and performer for many theaters in Utah and in the DC area, where she is from. Favorite roles include Reno Sweeney, Dolly Levi, Aunt Abby, The Witch, Trix, Mrs. Gibbs, Rose, Hodel, Mrs. Baskin, Meg Boyd, Margery Pinchwife, and Cinderella. Can you name the shows?
Director’s Notes from Dave Hanson:
A great title is one that makes you immediately pass over twenty others with a newfound need to see what that short collection of words really has to offer. Regardless of anything else, you’re anxious to see who these lesbians are, and what that has to do with a tasty breakfast dish. You crack open the pages with a wide range of unrealized expectations to find that, unlike other great titles that have fooled you in the past, the content of this new treat is full and rich. The warm and delicious dialogue is equal to the golden title that makes up its crust. All of the ingredients are balanced with just the right complimentary flavors of humor, emotion and poignancy….OK, enough with the bad metaphor. It’s just making me hungry.
The story of 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche, though told through somewhat absurdist-colored glasses, is one of repeated social meaning. Our own story as a society has overflowed with those who, at times, lacked a fully recognized identity. Issues of discrimination in the name of race, religion, gender, class, sexual orientation, politics, or anything that engenders a poisonous “Us vs. Them” mentality, rest as blemishes in our societal makeup. But, even though they are blemishes, it’s worth looking back and seeing them as examples of human resilience and lessons to shape our current story. We fought through (and continue to fight with) racism, gender equality, LGBTQ rights and many other unnecessary differences. These ladies, wrapped in a post WWII era that sought to once again reduce their importance once the men came home from war, show us the fight to find their identity in a society that wants to limit it. In some respects, it’s the injustices of the past, and our victories in challenging them, that allow us to look back and remember that the fight is always worth fighting, and we should all be afforded a full and meaningful identity. In some small part, our five lesbians allow us a moment to do just that.
But let’s not forget that tonight is also about humor, innuendo and the absurd. Relax, and enjoy the company. You may find yourself laughing, crying and feeling the comradery. Embrace it. After all, you are the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein. You are just as much a part of our story as anything else. Tonight we are all one. Tonight we stand together for justice and hilarity. Tonight, you may just find that there’s a lesbian inside each and every one of you!
There’s really not a good way to say that, is there? Welcome to the 1956 Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein Quiche Breakfast!
Natalie Easter is an active performer and musician throughout the United States and Italy. Her vocal prowess covers opera, art song, oratorio, and musical theater. She holds a Master of Music degree in Opera Performance from the University of Kansas, where she was fortunate to work with mezzo-soprano, Joyce Castle. She has a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance, as well as a Theatre minor from the University of Utah. Performance highlights include: Hänsel in Hänsel & Gretel (Utah Lyric Opera), Mrs. Anderssen in A Little Night Music(Pine Mountain Music Festival), Dorabella in Così fan tutte (Seagle Music Colony, University of Kansas), Charlotte in Werther (University of Kansas), Meg in Little Women (University of Utah), April in The Cabaret Girl (Ohio Light Opera), Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor (La Musica Lirica), and Lady Larken in Once Upon A Mattress (Sugar Factory Playhouse). She is thrilled to perform the role of Jenny in Silver Summer Theatre’s production of Company.
Lindsay Bateman (SUSAN)
Lindsay is thrilled to be working, for her first time, with Silver Summit Theatre Company! She is so pleased to be working with such a talented cast of individuals. Lindsay graduated with her AFA degree in Musical Theatre from Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs. She has been involved in theatre her whole life, first appearing onstage in a dance concert at 3 months old. However, she never gained her passion for it until high school. Some of her favorite roles include the Title role in Elton John’s Aida, Muriel in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Sonia in Godspell. She has also appeared as part of the Octet twice in Hale Centre Theatre’s A Christmas Carol. When she is not on stage she loves hanging around with her husband watching copious amounts of movies, playing with their cats, and most importantly building a legacy for their future family. “This has been one of the most fantastic journeys through life. Theatre gives anyone the ability to learn so much about the world around them, but most importantly, themselves. I couldn’t have started this journey without my mother. I also want to thank Joseph, for carrying my heart and always being there for me.
Eve Speer (SARAH)
Eve Speer (Sarah) is an avid karate master. She is currently working towards her paisley belt and can shred a piece of paper with her bare hands. Favorite roles include: Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Be the Bard; Philotisin �?Tis Pity She’s a Whore at the American Shakespeare Center; Lady Macbeth, Hermione in The Winter’s Tale with Maryland Shakespeare Festival; Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd at Midvale Main Street Theatre, Mandy in Not the Messiah at The Grand, and Mae in Reefer Madness at the Egyptian with Darkhorse Company Theatre. She holds an MFA in Shakespeare and Renaissance Lit in Performance and a BFA in Acting. She is currently directingTwelfth Night at the Echo Theatre in Provo. As a 30 something single lady with a slew of crazy married friends, this show kinda sorta speaks to her. She is working with Mr. Sondheim on a sequel to Company entitled Is Being Alive Really Worth Giving Up My Valuable Netflix Time? or Isn’t Having a Dog Enough?
Brandon Rufener (HARRY)
Brandon most recently appeared in a stunning evening gown as Mrs. Betty Parkinson in Monty Python’s Not the Messiah at the Grand Theater. Other favorite roles include Poor Husband in A Christmas Carol, Albert in Bye Bye Birdie, Professor Bhaer in Little Women and JP Morgan in Ragtime. Thank you to MDGGBASLMC for all your support, and thank you especially to K and S for being the best reason ever for hurrying home after rehearsal
Ali Bennett (AMY)
Ali Bennett (Amy) is excited to be a part of one of her favorite shows. Ali is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. She has been seen at many theatres in the area including: Egyptian Theatre Co., Salt Lake Acting Co., Pioneer Co., Hale Center Theatre Orem, Hale Center Theatre WVC, and The Grand Theatre. Some of her favorite credits include: Into the Woods (Little Red), The Wedding Singer (Julia), Brigadoon (Meg), Ragtime (Evelyn), Xanadu (Calliope), and The Marvelous Wonderettes (Cindy Lou). She would like to thank Jon and the Girls for all their love and support and all of the babysitters that took care of our new addition Ben
Bryan Mikele Daley (DAVID)
Meet Bryan Dayley! He plays the role of David in COMPANY. Bryan is a man of few words when it comes to talking about himself, his experience, and his accomplishments. Favorite roles include “Charlie” in The Foreigner (Hale Centre Theatre), and “Dr. Einstein” in Arsenic and Old Lace (Hale Centre Theare). He can also be seen on GeekTyrant.com where he works as a writer for Geek Tyrant VS. He is very excited to be working with SSTC for the first time and he wishes to express a sincere thank you to all of his friends, family, and future acquaintances (you know who you are…or will)
Mason Holmstead (PAUL
Mason is very excited to be performing in one of his favorite shows of all time! Mason is a Musical Theatre major at the University of Utah (Class of 2017), and brings a ton of energy and enthusiasm to his role. Some of his favorite roles include Judge Turpin from SWEENY TODD and Young Scrooge in A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Hale Centre Theater. When he isn’t onstage, he is spending time with his friends and family, directing at Lehi High School, and living life to the fullest. Mason would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank his family and Mindy for their never ending support as he pursues his passion.
Rick Rea (ROBERT/BOBBY)
Rick has worked in Utah theater for several years as a director, choreographer, music director, and actor. He holds a B.A. from Weber State University in Musical Theatre and is the Artistic Director of Ziegfeld Theater Company in Ogden. Recent directing credits: Avenue Q (regional premiere), Road Show (regional premiere), The Producers, Next to Normal, Into the Woods. Recent acting credits: Anything Goes (Moonface), Xanadu (Danny), Tartuffe (Orgon). Rick shared with us how grateful he is to his family, the Ziggy’s (you know who you are), and most of all to my teachers: Neal, for inspiring me; Tracy, for challenging me; and Jim, for crafting me. Come see Rick as Robert. We think you’ll appreciate his “Marry Me a Little” and his “Being Alive” quite a lot. We’ll try to get a snippet of that posted soon.
Ricky Parkinson (PETER)
Ricky has performed in musicals at Centerpoint Legacy Theater, Hale Centre Theater in West Valley and Orem, Egyptian Theater in Park City. other recent eclectic performances include soloist for the Faure Requiem at St. Paul’s Episcopal church, performances with Utopia Early Music, and co-director of Consortium Men’s Ensemble. he also plays architect during the day.
Brian Gardner (LARRY)
Brian is thrilled to be in this beautiful show. Past credits include Shrek in “Shrek: The Musical”, Leaf Coneybear in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”, Gaston in “Beauty and the Beast”, Barksdale in “The Civil War”, Ozzy in “The Scarlet Pimpernel”, Mr. Green in “Clue” and Pharoah in “Joseph…..”. Music and theatre have been a huge influence in Brian‘s life, playing violin, viola, and piano from age 7. “Love and thanks to my amazing parents, as well as my fiancé, Derek for letting me jump into this show. Je t’aime!”
Natalia Noble (MARTA)
This is Natalia’s first show with Silver Summit Theater; she has loved every minute. A Graduate of Westminster College who is still trying to figure-out exactly “What do you do with a BA in English?”, her prior favorites shows include: “Into the Woods” (Jack’s Mom) “Reefer Madness” (Mary Lane) “Avenue Q” (Kate Monster) “Taming of the Shrew” (Tranio) “Victor/Victoria” (Victoria) “Macbeth” (Lady Macbeth) “Thoroughly Modern Mille” (Millie) “Dancing at Lughnasa” (Rose) “Steel Magnolias” (Shelby) “Urine Town” (Hope) “Annie Get Your Gun” (Annie) “Peter Pan” (Peter) “Annie” (Annie). She sincerely thanks all who have come today for your support of Silver Summit Theater – enjoy the show!
Rachel Shull (KATHY)
Rachel is finishing up a spree of the most theater she’s crammed into one year than she’s ever done. She’s been doing Light in the Piazza in Ogden, My Fair Lady in Park City, and She Loves Me in West Valley to name a few. She misses her native land of Montana, but stays in UT for all the opportunities Big Sky Country just doesn’t have. If you’re still reading here’s a joke: What’s red and smells like blue paint?….Red paint. Enjoy the Show.
Heather Walsh Shelley (APRIL)
Heather is pleased to work with such a great cast. This is her first show with Silver Summit, but you may have seen her elsewhere as she has appeared in a number of local theaters including Hale West Valley, Capitol Theater, Utah Opera, The Grand, and others. Before settling down in Utah she performed in China, in a variety of venues including mainly opera, musical theater, and film. She holds an associate’s degree in Performing Arts, a BA in English, and a master’s degree in Linguistics. She has studied seven languages, and now splits her time between taking care of her two boys and teaching English and Arabic. She would like to send her love and gratitude to Eric for supporting her performing addiction.
Marcie Jacobsen (JOANNE)
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Kate Rufener- Director
Kate Rufener has directed shows in Utah, Indiana, Tennessee, and Florida. Her directing credits include Into the Woods, Superman: the Musical, The Princess Bride, Small Courage, Heidi, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Monty Python’s Not the Messiah, Cinderella, and Brigadoon. Her favorite acting credits include The Drowsy Chaperone, Thoroughly Modern Millie, A Streetcar Named Desire, and A Christmas Carol. Kate would like to dedicate her work on this show to those who ‘crowd her with love’ – Brandon, Sullivan, L, K, M, B, A, M, D, G, H, N, T, S, C, and E. Special thanks to Michele, Anne, Jamie, and Julie
Anne Puzey- Music Director & Show Pianist
Anne has been Music Director for productions at Hale Centre Theatre, The Grand Theatre, Wasatch TheatreCompany, Parable Productions, Westminster College, The Egyptian Theatre Company, Dark Horse, Silver Summit Theatre Company, The Children’s Theatre and Utah Repertory Theater Company. Her formal training was at Brigham Young University, and she has been the choral director at Bennion Junior High for 25 years. Anne has worked with Merrill Osmond, Jill Santoriello, Will Swenson, Jason Robert Brown, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jason Danieley, Marin Mazzie, Jeff Whiting and Pacek & Paul. She did audition accompaniment for Big League Productions in New York City, stage managed auditions for The Marius Company and was a vocal coach for Utah Opera and Symphony. Anne is part-owner of Audition Advantage.
Julie Mylan Simonich- Stage Manager
Julie Mylan Simonich has been working with Silver Summit Theatre Company for over 2 years now. She co-stage managed Dog Sees God and was the stage manager for 33 Variations. Julie recently won 1st place in the 2014 Pilling Chili Cookoff. At times she gets on the stage; her most recent role was in The Pavilion as Narrarator. She is very excited to be working with such a talented, amazing group of people
Jamie S’ua- Assistant to Director
Jamie S’ua is a hard-working, ever-on-the-ball, beloved member of several local community theatres. You won’t see her face on the stage, but her presence has influenced almost every nuance of the shows she participates in. Jamie is beloved and adored by her cast and crew, who wrote this bio for her. Jamie has incredible friends and a loving family, so we’re certain she’d wish to thank them. And cats. Because cats
Austin Stephenson- Lighting Designer
Austin has been turning light switches on and off all up and down the Wasatch Front for 3 years now. He swears off theatre at least once a year, only to be pulled back in by someone needing his help. He wasn’t excited to work on “Company” until he heard and saw the cast in action, and was immediately pulled in. This will be his second show with Silver Summit, after designing lights for “The Pavilion”. Other than his previous Silver Summit show, his favorite shows to work on so far have been “Spamalot” and “Into The Woods” with The Ziegfeld Theater in Ogden. Austin would like to thank math and science for their contributions to the theatre lighting world. Header/Post Image Photo Credit: Beth Bruner
Thanks to the generosity of many, our crowdsource fundraising project through Kickstarter has been a great success. We would like to thank all of sponsors for making it possible to bring the best possible production to the stage and for making this dream a reality. We look forward to seeing you all at our premier production of Screwtape adapted for the stage by James Forsyth and based on the novel The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis later this month.
Directed by Michele Rideout
Performing at Midvale Main Street Theatre
7711 S. Main St. (700 W.) Midvale Utah
November 29, 2012 through December 2, 2012
OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS:
SCREWTAPES ($1-$9 PLEDGED)
Bryce Morgan, Wesley & Sarah Pack, Carina Kuesterman Dillon, Daniel, Katherine Terban, Jeremy Morgan, Paul Gibbs, Jeremy Worley, and Timothy L. McMahon.
WORMWOODS ($10 PLEDGED)
Hillary Andrus Straga, Ryan Welling, Emily Decker, Russell Warne, and Wendi Gibbs.
PERFECT PATRONS ($25 PLEDGED)
Hannah Stott, Amy Dalton, LaRue Roberts, Karen Kast, Cammie Mann, Valerie Pendleton Park, Melanie Appel, Sara Stevens, Staci Duke, Neal, Michael Etzel, Marie Decker, Joe Bartenhagen, Gordon Jones, Megan Pedersen, Janet Mann, Chris Siebeneck, Melissa Jones, and Tracey Sutherland.
FEEDING ACTORS ($50 PLEDGED)
Lori Garrett- Feeding Michele Rideout, Joe Lamantia- Feeding TBA, Trevor Andersen- Feeding James Whitmore, Jeffrey L. Owen- Feeding James Whitmore, Beth Bruner- Feeding JayC Stoddard, Jann LeVitre- Feeding Nancy Jensen, Buster Pike- Feeding Cami Rozanas, Brett Davis- Feeding JayC Stoddard, and Jim Gastelum- Feeding Jim Schroeder because “no Jim should be left behin.”Plus Jim kicked in an extra $5 too!) Beqi Gardner also pledged $50 to our cause and took no rewards whatsoever.
Joe Lamantia also donated the tickets that were part of his reward fulfillment to be given away in a random drawing to a US Armed Services Veteran. The winner of the drawing is: Lorrinda Christensen of American Fork, Utah. She has 12 years of service with the Army National Guard. Congratulations, Lorrinda- you’ve got two tickets to see Screwtape!
BUSINESS SPONSORS ($100 PLEDGED)
Dan & Cami Rozanas, John Walker, Dave Mortensen, Annelise Murphy, Doug Baird, and Keith Dowding.
LEAGUE OF HIS OWN ($150 PLEDGED)
Douglas B. Hill
PERFORMANCE SPONSORS ($250 PLEDGED)
Chris Skipworth, C.E.O. Kemesa, Inc.
PRODUCTION SPONSORS ($500 PLEDGED)
My uncle suffered a stroke earlier this week. The prospect isn’t good. He’s currently in the ICU of the same hospital where my pregnant niece is on bed rest because she started having preterm labor at 33 weeks.
I realize that’s kind of personal information. But, it’s my family. These are just two members of this truly massive group of people that are hilarious and ridiculous and smart and infuriating and generous and fierce and I love every one of them so much I feel like my chest is going to burst open. They have seen me at some of my best and worst moments — through childhood and adolescence and marriage and parenting and now the beginning of aging. And I’ve seen them through those things as well. And it’s hard and beautiful to watch. And I have feelings about how some of them have approached different aspects of their lives. And I know they have feelings about my approach to life too.
And I think about our family gatherings compared to the Weston family gathering in “August: Osage County,” and I realize I’m unbelievably lucky. It didn’t happen in a moment or even out loud, but we made a set of agreements as a family that makes it possible for us to be with each other.
We don’t say things purposely to hurt or expose each other. We do what we can to support each other’s decisions, even if we don’t agree with them. We steer away from painful or loaded topics. And sometimes, we lie. And the little lies and the little omissions keep us together and keep us moving forward and keep us loving each other. The Westons…are a different story.
We got a bit behind on our website updating and maintenance, but we’re catching our breath, and catching up now. Our very successful run of 33 Variations by Moises Kaufman in November enjoyed good reviews, and was well received by audiences. We heard the following from patrons in the lobby after seeing the show:
“That was truly beautiful. And funny! I don’t think there is another play I’ve liked this much in a long time.”
“This cast has great chemistry. I was completely absorbed in the story.”
“The set and the projected effects were really cool.”
“The mother/daughter relationship was genuine, sincere, and completely believable. If you told me they were mother and daughter in real life, I wouldn’t be surprised.”
“I had the privilege last night to see dress of “33 Variations”. GO! Even if you hate classical music this is a fabulous piece of Utah theater you will NOT want to miss. Jesse Peery and Anne Puzey should be justly proud. Anne Cullimore Decker is true and subtle and strong and wonderful. Michele Case Rideout is touching and funny. And the ‘supporting’ performances of Kit Anderton, Aaron Buckner, Allen Smith and Betsy West would be starring roles in any other production. They deserve to sell out, and I am thrilled to be seeing it again Saturday.” — Beth Bruner
“Thanks & congratulations for 33 Variations! Wit, courage, & muscle.” — Andra Zoe Harbold
“Beautiful and moving. It was like watching our story unfold again. The lead actress really nailed what it’s like to be a person with ALS.” — Robert Rees
“Enjoyed it thoroughly…so many thoughts provoked by the play.” — Andrea Du Clos
“Amazing! So glad I got to see it.” — Robin Wilkes-Dunn
We’d like to congratulate the cast of COMPANY and thank everyone who came out to audition. Show runs in November. Show info will be posted at a later date, but the run is November 7th through the 23rd and tickets will go on sale in late September.