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A Nerdy ZAP Ticket Tuesday Giveaway
Winners have been chosen for this Ticket Tuesday Giveaway to see THE NERD at Hale Centre Theatre (December 31 - February 4). Stay tuned for future giveaways!
Kitchen Science Experiments with Discovery Gateway
It’s not every day you get
to star in your own play, build a castle, invent a machine, repair a car, ride
in a real helicopter, shoot a cannon indoors, or do science experiments in the
kitchen. Guests and members of Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum get to do
all that, and more! With 60,000 square feet of interactive, hands-on fun,
children get the opportunity to imagine what they can become and learn through
play. Discovery Gateway has been at the Gateway mall downtown location for 10
years and has brought the love of learning to nearly 3 million patrons since
Our newest and most
exciting exhibit brings an award-winning television show to life! Sid the
Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit! opened at Discovery Gateway
Children’s Museum on September 24, 2016. For the first time ever, kids are able
to step into Sid’s world and become “science kids” themselves! Through fun,
hands-on activities, kids can use scientific tools and thinking to learn about
simple machines, the laws of motion, magnetism, air power, and the five senses.
It’s a super-duper-ooper-schmooper good time!
The day before the Sid
exhibit opened to the public, members of Discovery Gateway got an exclusive
all-day preview. Children were thrilled to meet Sid and enter his world of
learning to think, talk and work the way scientists do by building on their
natural curiosity about the world. Kristin Jahne, membership sales coordinator,
shares her favorite memory of the opening: “It was the first time the character
[Sid] came out to meet the children. Most were very excited and jumping around
to meet him. However, one little boy was extra excited to meet Sid and parading
around to show him every part of the exhibit, from the treehouse to the car to
the playground. His enthusiasm was completely adorable!”
Discovery Gateway has
partnered with ZAP to giveaway a Family Day Pass. Check this blog on November 29 to enter to win. And bring
your family in to enjoy Sid the Science Kid, open until January 16. Come
explore our engaging workshops, programs, and exhibits that invite the whole
family to create, learn, and play together!
Jahne is the Membership Sales Coordinator at Discovery Gateway. When she’s not
assisting with member issues or analyzing data, you can find her interacting
with members in the Sid exhibit or helping plan new events for DG members.
She’s been a part of the DG family for a few months and is excited to help
bring the love of learning through play to children of Salt Lake and beyond!
An Awfully Big Adventure for Ticket Tuesday
Two winners have been chosen for this week's #ZAPTicketTuesday - Two free tickets to The Empress Theatre's production of PETER PAN. If you didn't win this time, you can check out PETER PAN from November 25 to December 17 at The Empress Theatre.
Stay tuned for more giveaways from your favorite places around Salt Lake County.
One Big Union: an actor's take
Plan-B Theatre Company’s world premiere
of ONE BIG UNION, about folk hero and labor activist Joe Hill, opens November
10. The full run is already sold out so performances have been added on Sundays
November 13 and 20 at 5:30pm. Tickets and details at planbtheatre.org.
ONE BIG UNION is the fourth play by Utah
playwright Debora Threedy to premiere at Plan-B, following THE END OF THE
HORIZON, WALLACE and THE THIRD CROSSING.
Actor Roger Dunbar shares his thoughts
about his year-long journey preparing to play Joe Hill.
It was over a
year ago when Jerry Rapier approached me about playing Joe Hill in Debora
Threedy’s new play ONE BIG UNION. My response was “Who is Joe Hill?” followed
by “Wait, November 2016?!” The date seemed so far away at the time, and if you
had asked me then to describe the process in a single word, it would have been “Long.”
initial introduction to ONE BIG UNION I have been involved with the original
workshop with Plan-B, followed by a reading of the play this summer at the Utah
Shakespeare Festival’s New American Playwrights Project, and finally the full
performance which will open this month at Plan-B Theatre Company. As time has
marched on, I feel that my single-word description of the process has evolved
from “Long” to “Growth.” I now realize that time has been an essential
ingredient in absorbing such a rich historical figure as Joe Hill. I am now
very grateful for the extensive process so that all of the stories, the
letters, the books and articles on Joe’s history, character, trial, and
execution have had a chance to seep into my consciousness and craft. I will of
course never meet Joe Hill, but it feels as if he has grown from a mere legend
to a close friend.
particular area of personal growth over the last year has been as a musician.
Joe Hill played several instruments, including the piano, violin, and guitar.
Thank heavens that the only requirement for this staged version of Joe is a
basic knowledge of the guitar! But even that basic level of proficiency has
made me very grateful for an entire year of practice. I started out at the
initial workshop barely able to finger pluck the basic chords patterns. David
Evanoff, our talented musical director, encouraged me to grow by using a pick
(which I had never done before), and to fill the entire theater with bold sound
and confidence. Thank goodness I’ve had a year of preparation.
of growth has been in my connections with other artists. I had never worked
with Plan-B before the first workshop, and I had previously only worked with
one of the other actors in the cast. I am now pleased to count many more people
as friends and fellow artists: stage managers, designers, producers, and
actors. And not only at Plan-B, but also an entirely separate cast and crew at
the Utah Shakespeare Festival. I can’t think of another theatrical endeavor
that has introduced me to so many talented new friends and acquaintances. It
was fascinating to go from the Plan-B cast to the USF cast and back again, and
see all of the characters portrayed so differently. The variety that the
different casts brought to the table has given depth and perspective to my
relationship with Joe.
Lastly, it has been very interesting watching
the growth of the script itself. I’ve been blessed to get to know Debora
Threedy during this adventure, and it’s been a pleasure to witness the
evolution of the play. I have watched the painstaking revision process as rough
corners are hewn off, and conversely at times when rough textures are
reintroduced to surfaces that have grown too smooth. I am grateful for the past
year, watching this little tree of a story mature and evolve, and I am excited
to share its fruits with the community.
Roger Dunbar will be playing Joe Hill in ONE BIG UNION at Plan-B Theatre Company.
A Dynamic Ticket Tuesday Giveaway
A winner has been chosen for this week's giveaway to see BRIO at Repertory Dance Theatre
Stay tuned for our next Ticket Tuesday giveaway!