The Daily Utah Chronicle

The U’s Theatre Students of Color Unite Against Racism

Photo Courtesy of the Department of Theatre

By Paige Lee, Arts Writer

July 31, 2020

  Recently, a community of Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) students in the University of Utah’s theatre department released a statement in order to address the racism that has taken place within their department and to ask the department to make some necessary, overdue changes. The...

MTP Student Laura Rizzo in Idaho Summer Stock Theater

 MTP Student Laura Rizzo

By Hannah Keating, Arts Writer

May 27, 2019

  As regional theater across the country close their traditional seasons, "summer stock" theaters open their performances to the public. Current third-year Department of Theatre student Laura Rizzo started rehearsals for the regional theater company Yellowstone Playhouse just after the end of...

Navigating Religion in the U’s Theatre Department

(Courtesy of the University of Utah Theatre Department)

By Josh Petersen, Digital Managing Editor

April 23, 2019

  The University of Utah Theatre Department does not shy away from controversy. In November, the play “Big Love” featured onstage nudity, explicit sexual content and graphic violence. Many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints disavow media with profanity or strong sexual...

U Alumna Heads to the Broadway Stage: Mandy McDonnell’s Journey to ‘Cinderella’

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By Hannah Keating, Arts Writer

February 8, 2019

  If you are looking for actress Mandy McDonell, she is currently waltzing her way across the nation in the national tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.” As a member of the show’s ensemble, she performs every show in an extravagant and colorful ball gown, singing and dancing ...

Student-Led Production “Hippolyta” is an Immersive and Powerful Twist on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

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By Hannah Keating, Arts Writer

February 2, 2019

  “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is inarguably one of Shakespeare’s most well-known plays, featuring the comical plights of star-crossed Athenian lovers, the caricatures of a troupe of actors, and the manipulations of the forest’s fairies. In this play, the Bard glosses over the chara...

“Cats” Closes off the Musical Theatre Program Year—a review

By Cate Heiner

April 24, 2017

The University of Utah's Musical Theatre Program senior class is bringing their careers to a close as they showcase their skills in “Cats.” One of the longest running musicals in Broadway’s history, "Cats" originated as a collection of poems by T.S. Elliot and includes songs written by Andrew...

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