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Ticket Tuesday to Hairspray

April 18, 2017

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Winners have been chosen for this Ticket Tuesday giveaway from The Grand Theatre. Congrats to Mckenna and Douglas in Salt Lake City!

Ticket Tuesday with Mountain West Ballet

April 11, 2017

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Winners have been chosen for this giveaway from Mountain West Ballet.  

Congrats to: Amy W. in SLC, Ingrid M. in Sandy, and Erin W. in West Jordan!

Stay tuned for more ZAP Ticket Tuesday opportunities.

The Wonders of the Universe: Pygmalion Productions' SILENT SKY

April 05, 2017

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You could say that this production has been nearly 40 years in the making. Since I was 10 years old, and Carl Sagan’s Cosmos opened by eyes to the wonders of the universe and the endless beauty it holds, I’ve been hooked. Though science in general has always interested me, astronomy and physics have been the field I would always come back to when I had a hunger for more science in my diet. Books like A Brief History of Time, Coming of Age in the Milky Way, and The Elegant Universe always inspire me to new perspectives, though I’ll be the first to admit that I will sometimes get lost at times.

director mark fossen at rehearsal

That getting lost, though, is part of the joy and wonder of it all for me: the knowledge that the universe is bigger and weirder than I can hold in my head is a great comfort. I find a true sense of awe is a lovely accompaniment to life's daily worries.

Silent Sky

What a joy it was, then, to find Lauren Gunderson’s Silent Sky. Gunderson is a fantastic new voice in American theatre, and to find this gem of a play highlighting the unsung contributions of early female pioneers in astronomy was like finding the golden ticket. I fell in love immediately with her story of Henrietta Swan Leavitt, who worked at Harvard Observatory in the early 20th century and nothing less than led us to finding the size of the universe. Prevented by her sex from even peering through a telescope, she pored through photographs and numbers as a “human computer” and found a pattern no one had ever seen. 

silent sky in rehearsal

After finding this play and falling in love, what better home could there be for it than Pygmalion Productions? When Teresa Sanderson mentioned to me they were doing a season looking at women in history I knew Silent Sky would be a perfect fit. Pygmalion Productions creates performances that share the human experience through the eyes of women, and this seemed like a way to tell not only a story of women in history but to talk about the current work still to be done encouraging and enabling young women to enter STEM fields.  

silent sky in table work

Heart-filling and inspiring, and with a deep sense of wonder, Silent Sky brilliantly marries science and the human heart. I am so excited to be part of the Pygmalion Productions team bringing it to Salt Lake audiences.

-Mark Fossen

Mark Fossen (Director) is thrilled to return to PYG after appearing in 2008 production of Sordid Lives. Local directing credits include The Glass Menagerie, The Crucible, Death of a Salesman, Our Town, Skin of our Teeth, and A Streetcar Named Desire at The Grand Theatre, Bellwether and Don Juan Comes Back from the War at Westminster College, Stage Kiss and The Fables Project at Wasatch Theatre Company; The Children’s Hour at The University of Utah; August: Osage County for Utah Repertory & Silver Summit; Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, and As You Like It at Davis Arts Council; and An Ideal Husband at Pinnacle Acting Company. He serves on the boards of The Grand Theatre and the Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival, and is an adjunct instructor at Westminster College and the University of Utah. He is a graduate of the University of Utah and is currently completing his MFA at the University of Idaho.

Ticket Tuesday with NOVA SLC

April 04, 2017

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Winners have been chosen for this giveaway from NOVA Chamber Music Series. Congratulations to Rachel in Magna and Amanda W. in SLC!

Starving Students at SLAC

March 28, 2017

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As an undergraduate student studying Vocal Performance, there were a few things I did religiously: Practice, homework, more practice, and stare at my bank account sadly as posters for the newest opera production at Pittsburgh Opera were plastered all over my dorm building. I knew that seeing professionals doing what I wanted to do was necessary, but it wasn’t possible on my meager pennies as a student. Sure, they had student tickets, but that was just half-off of the normal ticket price. Still just too expensive. 

starving students group

When I started working at Salt Lake Acting Company a few years ago, I thought about those times in my education. How could I help the theatre students around here to have better access to the professional plays at SLAC? Cynthia Fleming, SLAC’s Executive Artistic Director, has always been very dedicated to making theatre available to all age groups so we sat down to discuss how to make it even BETTER for theatre students in Utah. And voila! The Starving Student Artist Pass was born!

starving students for puppet class

The Starving Student Artist Pass is a $32 ticket package for current theatre students that includes one ticket to each of SLAC’s mainstage plays during the season. (SATURDAY’S VOYEUR and our annual children’s show are available as add-ons at a discounted rate!) Because of incredibly crazy schedule that theatre students have with rehearsals and other events all year long, the Pass also includes the flexibility to choose any night of a performance during the run with guaranteed entry. Starving Students never need to call ahead to get into a show. Even if it’s sold out, we’ll get you in. Guaranteed. 


There’s MORE!

winter masterclass

Also included in the Pass is access to masterclasses with visiting theatre artists including directors, actors, playwrights, designers, etc. FOR FREE. I mean, as a student, I know that this opportunity would have made me giddy with joy. These masterclasses could easily cost over $100 in cities like New York and I am so thrilled that our Starving Students get to experience them for free. Recent masterclasses have included short play composition and staging with playwright Julie Jensen and director Tracy Callahan, puppet work with Glenn and Linda Brown, acting tips with actor April Fossen, and we are so excited to be providing a Q & A with HAND TO GOD playwright Robert Askins coming up in just a few weeks. 

starving students group 2

Now in its second year, we have more than doubled the number of our Starving Student Pass-holders. We have students from the University of Utah, Westminster, Salt Lake Community College, Utah State University, and even Idaho State University.

The thing that always strikes me the most when I interact with the Starving Students is what incredibly talented, smart, passionate people they are. In a climate where so much is at stake in the arts, I have no doubt that the future of these theatre artists is brighter than we could ever imagine. Their voice is loud and strong, and their creative prowess will produce truly inspirational things. I can’t wait to witness it all.

-Olivia Custodio

Olivia Custodio received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and her Master of Music from the University of Utah. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, she is still trying to figure out fry sauce. Olivia joined the SLAC family in 2014, working in the box office, assisting in audience communication and development. In 2016, she became SLAC's Development Manager. A local actress, you may have also seen her onstage in many productions including SATURDAY'S VOYEUR, ART DOG, STREETLIGHT WOODPECKER, I'LL EAT YOU LAST, and various New Play Sounding Series readings at SLAC.

Ticket Tuesday with Wasatch Theatre

March 28, 2017

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Congrats to Carli in Taylorsville! You are the winner of this giveaway to see Wasatch Theatre Company's DINNER by Moira Buffini. Stay tuned for more ZAP Ticket Tuesday opportunities!

A Pinkalicious Ticket Tuesday

March 27, 2017

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A winner has been chosen for this giveaway from Utah Children's Theatre.  Congrats to Tomoe in SLC!

Culinary Art in the Mountains

March 21, 2017

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Alta Community Enrichment, ACE, hosts year round art classes in the mountains of Alta, Utah, these classes include the culinary arts.  An Alta resident and ACE aficionado, Julie Willis, opens her home to teach many of these classes which have included, Introduction to Soup Making and Introduction to Biscotti Making.  We are thrilled to share her instructions on how to make her amazing homemade biscotti.

biscotti at ace

Intro to Biscotti Making with Julie Willis

On a snow-chilled night what better thing to do then warm up with some fresh-made biscotti!

Julie Willis- Biscotti Baker Extraordinaire provided a wonderful recipe for some of the most delicious Biscotti Cookies we have ever had.

julie willis - biscotti baker

Here is a step-by-step recipe for you to try at home! Be sure to tag #ACEBiscotti and @alta_community_enrichment on social media to share your results!

What You Will Need:

  • 1/4 lbs Butter ( 1 stick)
  • 3/4 Cup of Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 4 Tsp Kirsch (Cherry Liqueur)
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract 
  • 2 Cups + 2 Tsp Flour
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Almonds - Chopped
  • 3/4 Finely Chopped Chocolate

biscotti being made by event attendees

Baking Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 325 Degrees
  • As you combine the wet and dry ingredients, be quick but do not hurry.
  • Mix but do not beat.
  • Handle quickly so the heat from your hands does not melt the butter.
  • Form three small loaves and bake for approximately 30 minutes.
  • Loaves should be a very light brown on the bottom when they come out.
  • Place on a cooling rack and reset the oven to 300 Degrees.
  • Cut the loaves into equal sizes, then bake again for 10 minutes, flip and bake again for 8-10 minutes.


Longer time = crispy biscotti | Shorter time = softer biscotti

Please join ACE at any of our year round events soon!

biscotti dough

ACE’s mission is to create opportunities in the Little Cottonwood community for individual and group participation in arts, cultural events and education. ACE began in 1995 when community members recognized the need for professional coordination of successful grassroots community events. Since inception ACE has served as the Alta Arts Council by offering quality, diverse events and programs for free or very little cost to its attendees and strengthens our community by bringing people who live work and play in Alta together to share the arts, cultural events, and education.  

ACE currently offers 65+ year round diverse programs with the majority of events inspired by input from local artists and families. From small events, such as craft-making classes to larger events, such as the multi-day Snowflake Festival, ACE caters to the needs of our community. ACE strives to offer new events and old favorites to bring our community together.

-Sara Gibbs

Sara is the Executive Director of ACE.

Shifting and Slipping: Plan-B Theatre's NOT ONE DROP

March 20, 2017

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I moved around a fair amount as a child. I was born in Scotland, lived in a few different places in England, Scotland again, England again, the east coast of the States, and now here in Salt Lake City. I’m a citizen of the United Kingdom, but now feel more American. Moving around so much as a child, it was hard for me to keep an identity straight. I felt more like I was a mix and melded into the places and people I was around, to the point that I would adopt the accent of whoever I was talking to. Something I still do, because I’m cool like that.

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Credit: Rick Pollock

I was a member of the LDS faith, believed in god, went on a mission – the whole shebang – and now I’m not sure what I believe. And my point in saying all of that? If there is one thing that I kind of know, that I maybe believe in, it is that people change, places change, ideas and spaces alter, and it all weaves together like a spider web.

Consequently, lines and boundaries that are liquid, elusive, and adoptive, are some of the foremost issues I play with in my play NOT ONE DROP. I also mess with the beliefs of the characters, and by way of the characters, the audience. I do this through the way language is used, the words themselves, the construction of those words, wordplay and its ultimate demise, as language proves, again and again, to fail.

not one drop production photo 2 credit rick pollock

Credit: Rick Pollock

I wrote NOT ONE DROP as my submission to Plan-B via The David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists. I wanted to incorporate the ideas of displacement I’ve felt through my life, into a piece that may perhaps question something different. The nature of the relationship of the characters is constantly shifting and slipping – are they sisters, friends, lovers, enemies? – and ultimately it doesn’t matter. What matters is that they are so close that they slip into each other’s identities. They mirror each other, and then their identities are, at times, completely mirrored back on themselves.

Sometimes I think it’s hard to tweeze out our own identities, especially in relation to the people that we are closest to – to the point that it’s hard to differentiate what happened to who – especially within familial relationships. I find that in these relationships, I can sometimes take on the ideas, feelings, and emotions of that person, and beginnings and endings become unclear, and even unimportant.

-Morag Shepherd

Morag Shepherd’s NOT ONE DROP receives its world premiere at Plan-B March 23-April 2 at Plan-B Theatre, in partnership with The David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists. Featuring Colleen Baum and Latoya Cameron, directed by Jerry Rapier. Details and tickets.

Playwright Morag Shepherd makes her Plan-B debut with NOT ONE DROP, receiving its world premiere March 23-April 2. Originally from Scotland, she is the resident playwright at Sackerson, where her plays THE WORST THING I’VE EVER DONE (co-written with Matthew Ivan Bennett and Shawn Francis Saunders), BEFORE THE BEEP, BURN and POPPY’S IN THE SAND have premiered, the latter playing Great Salt Lake and San Diego International Fringe Festivals.

Ticket Tuesday with UMOCA (2)

March 14, 2017

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Winners have been chosen for this week's Ticket Tuesday. Be sure to check back for future giveaways.