NEWS FROM THE UTAH SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL (JULY 7)

July 7, 2017 — Cedar City, Utah
SHAKESPEARE E-GLOBE
Susanna Florence as Celia and Cassandra Bissell as Rosalind in the 2017 opening night performance of As You Like It. 
BREAK A LEG: THE 2017 SEASON IS HERE!
Amid fanfare, speeches, introductions, and thoroughly stunning plays, the 2017 season of the Utah Shakespeare Festival is here. The annual celebration began last evening with a reception before the opening of As You Like It.Then, just before the play began, Frank Mack, who will begin September 1 as the Festival's new executive producer, introduced himself to the Festival community. Tonight is the opening ofShakespeare in Love, preceded by the revealing of the 2018 season (see the story below). Opening night celebrations will continue through Wednesday, until the season's first six plays are up and running.                                                       
 
New Executive Producer Frank Mack visits with Board Chair Jeffery R. Nelson (left) and Sponsorship and Special Events Coordinator Justin Jorgensen.
NEW LEADER GETTING ACQUAINTED
Hoping to become better acquainted with  the Festival he will be guiding beginningSeptember 1, Frank Mack, new executive producer, is visiting Cedar City during opening week and through next week's annual fundraising gala. During this time, every minute of his day (and well into the night) seems to be filled with talking with those associated with the Festival and learning more about its daily operations--and of course enjoying our plays.    
New shade coverings (with more to come) at the Balcony Bards Seminar Grove are one of the many updates this year at the Beverley Center for the Arts.
THE BEVERLEY CENTER: "ONE TOUCH OF NATURE"
One year ago today, the Festival and Southern Utah University celebrated the grand opening of our new home at the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts. It is a beautiful, modern facility; and we are proud to call it home. During the past year, we have been busy making it even more comfortable and inviting, including adding more shade and more trees, flowers, and benches. To update the celebration, we made a video we think you will like.  
 
PREPARE BEFORE YOU ARRIVE
Our twice-a-day play orientations are a great way to learn more about the play before you go into the theatre. But what if you just can't get to the orientation or you would rather learn even earlier? Well, that's why we created our online orientations. These short (five to ten minute) audio orientations are just the ticket to get you ready and in the mood for your next play.  
 
LOOKING AHEAD TO 2018: TICKETS ON SALE NEXT WEEK
Even though we are right in the middle of the 2017 opening celebration, we know that many of you plan your trips to the Festival a year in advance; so it is with a great deal of excitement that we announce the 2018 season, with tickets on sale to the public beginning July 15. So, get ready by learning about the play lineup and planning your dates now.
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