With the arrival of more than 250 actors, designers and technicians from more than 30 states, the 1990 Utah Shakespearean Festival production season is under way.
"This is, without doubt, our biggest season ever," says Marketing Director R. Scott Phillips. "Before the summer ends the company will have built sets and costumes, arranged lights and sound, and memorized lines and blocking for more than 180 performances, not counting the Greenshow, Renaissance Feaste and other festival extras."The 10-week, six-show season begins Monday, July 2, with the premiere of "Romeo and Juliet" in the Adams Memorial Shakespearean Theatre - considered to be the finest and most authentic replicas of the original Old Globe Theatre.
"Romeo" will be followed on consecutive evenings by "Titus Andronicus" and "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" in the Adams theater, with Ibsen's "Ghosts," Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" and Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" the next three evenings in the Randall Jones Theatre.
Following the premiere week, the six productions will move into a repertory schedule, with both matinee and evening performances on three different stages, allowing festival patrons a number of theatergoing options.
But between now and July 2, the festival's production and rehearsal sites on the campus of Southern Utah State College is a beehive of activity.
"The company will mount six major productions in only six weeks' time," explains festival Producing Director/Founder Fred C. Adams. "We don't have time NOT to know exactly what we're doing. That's why we hire the best professionals we can. We're always after the best possible presentations to our audiences."
This dedicated commitment to professional excellence is echoed by several of those involved in the festival.
"The excellent reputation of the festival, the quality of its productions, the opportunity to do classical repertory theater and the beauty of the mountains," are reasons listed by one actor making the trek to Utah.
"It's a wonderful experience to pull together with technicians and artists from all over the country, to put together the great pieces of work produced here," said a returning costume stitcher.
"I want to work in my field with a respected professional designer," added an assistant sound designer.
The festival runs from July 2 through Sept. 8 with evening performances at 8:30 p.m. and matinees at 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Seminars, lectures, exhibits and other related daytime activities are also available throughout the 10 weeks.
For ticket information and reservations, call 586-7878, Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For general festival information, call 586-7880.
Brochures are available listing specific playdates and providing information on lodging and other activities in the Cedar City area.