The 2014-2015 season will offer great performances to elementary and secondary schools students. School matinee performances of The Romeo and Juliet Project, The Milk Dragon, and You Can’t Take It With You. We will also offer two productions that will tour to schools: Bocon in November/December and The Boy Who Loved Monsters and the Girl Who Loved Peas in March/April. We will again be sponsoring the Utah Young Playwrights for Change contest, this year on the theme of “What is Family?” The Noorda Theatre Summer Camp will be better than ever, with a brand new drama written by our resident playwright Wendy Gourley.
The first-ever production of Suzan Zeder’s The Milk Dragon is attracting interest nationwide. This epic fantasy by one of the most acclaimed playwrights for young people will present audiences with a compelling story and innovative stagecraft. After being developed at the University of Texas at Austin, the Provincetown Playhouse in New York City, and through residencies and a special topics class at UVU, we are excited to take The Milk Dragon on this crucial step in its journey.
Karl Grimm, Dortchen Wild, Ferdinand Grimm. and Mimi Wild watch the French king’s fireworks in the 2013 Noorda Theatre Summer Camp production of Gathering Grimm.
The Noorda Theatre Summer Camp productions of Gathering Grimm and Princess Academy are featured in the article, “Everyone Is Welcome: Strategies for Inclusion in Casting.” The article appears in the Fall 2013 issue of Teaching Theatre, a professional journal published by the Educational Theatre Association and distributed in hard-copy to 3500 high school and middle school theatre teachers in the United States and Canada. It discusses various strategies used in the month-long youth productions to include all who audition and to engage all students throughout the rehearsal process.
Next summer’s youth theatre production is being written by the Noorda Center’s award-winning resident playwright Wendy Gourley. Wendy’s play The Story Stone was featured in September on UVU Theatre’s mainstage season. The summer camp play is tentatively titled The Hornswagle Jig and features commedia dell’arte actors and characters in a sea-faring setting. Auditions will be held on Saturday, May 17.
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