2019! January on TV

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Happy New Year! The year started off excitingly as the namesake of this website himself, Theo, joined me on the segment. He came with me to the studio because he is still on winter break from school, but we didn’t plan on having him come on the segment. When they asked if he wanted to join us, he jumped at the chance! It was so great to have him with me and he said it was fun to be on TV!

Here are the topics that I mentioned today on the show:

  • Saturday, January 12, 2019
    1:30pm at Eccles Theater
  • Saturday, January 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 2019
    The Little Prince at Capitol Theater
    • Additional events:
    • Tuesday, January 8, 7-8 pm, The Kings English Bookshop, 1511 South 1500 East.  Set and Costume Designer Jacob Climer will share his plans for bringing The Little Prince to life for Utah Opera’s January production at the Capitol Theatre.  Climer’s colorful designs for characters and events in the story will be on display, and a French scholar will share readings and ideas about the novella.
    • Tuesday, January 22, 10:45-11:45 am, University of Utah School of Music, room TBA.  Utah Opera’s conductor for its production of Rachel Portman’s The Little Prince, based on the novella of the same name by Antoine de Saint Exupéry, will discuss the music of the opera, his preparation to conduct it, and share insights from his own career.
  • Sundance Kids Films:

Watch the segment here!

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May on TV

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Here are the topics I discussed today!

And you can watch the video of the segment here.

May 2018 1

Shakespeare Festival for Kids

Today we went to the Utah Children’s Theater‘s Shakespeare Festival for Kids and had a great time! In addition to offering many kid-friendly Shakespeare-esque performances, they had some fun activities set up in the various parts of the theater. Above, you can see Theo and a friend taking advantage of the costumes and stage backdrop to practice some dramatic scenes from an unidentifiable Shakespearean tragedy.

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They also had a series of puppet show performances that were all in a different format: crocheted knit puppets (above), shadow puppets (below), blacklight puppets, and a marionette show. They were all so fun to watch and really showcased the varied art forms very well.

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We started out the day with a “Royal Breakfast” in the soda shop at the theater where we enjoyed waffles, eggs, and sausages (advance reservation required). With our bellies full, we settled into the Studio theater to watch the first of several “Shakespeare Pop!” shows which were highly-edited, very condensed, and very funny summaries of well-known Shakespeare works. They invited kids onstage to volunteer to be part of the cast.

It was a fun and educational way to spend a Saturday morning — and they’ll be doing it two more times (Sept 23 and 30) this fall!

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