Finding Fagin

by Kirsten Park, Director of Marketing, with Bill Nolte, currently performing as Fagin in Oliver! Broadway veteran Bill Nolte is no stranger to Salt Lake City (he appeared in the touring production of The Producers) but debuts at Pioneer Theatre Company in the December production of Oliver! as the miserly and selfish leader of a band of pickpocketing orphans. Bill’s … Continued

PTC welcomes Boys and Girls Clubs

PTC is delighted to welcome 100 members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake to our holiday production of Oliver! Club kids will attend from across the Salt Lake valley including clubs in Murray, Glendale, and Tooele. As Utah’s premiere professional theatre, PTC recognizes the importance of engaging the next generation of … Continued

My Collection, My Heart

The Glass Menagerie I’ll be honest – I’ve never seen “The Glass Menagerie” before opening night at Pioneer Theatre. And I don’t know what to think… The book is wondrously written as Tennessee Williams always scripts so well. However, the ending is not what I expected. Now, I don’t want to ruin it so I … Continued

Hanley Smith: The Glass Menagerie’s “Laura”

eBackstage Newsletter had a chance to talk with HANLEY SMITH about her character in The Glass Menagerie, the painfully shy, withdrawn , daughter/sister, Laura. Ms. Smith is a New York-based actor, who is also a proud member of the folk trio, A Band Called Honalee, and the devised-theatre-based company, Sinking Ship Productions. A challenging role, we ask Ms. … Continued

Tennessee Williams: Inspired by Life

“All good art is an indiscretion.”—Tennessee Williams Born in Mississippi in 1911 as Thomas Lanier Williams, he adopted the name Tennessee after his father’s birthplace. Moving to New Orleans in 1939, Williams produced an amazing amount of work during his lifetime. He is best known for his plays and film adaptations, but he also wrote … Continued

Dramaturgical Notes on “The Last Ship”

Dramaturgical Notes By Alexandra Harbold Gerald Street. Birthplace of ‘Sting’ – October 2, 1951.  The photo was taken by Joe McCarty in the mid 1960’s. The street was demolished towards the end of that same decade. The Last Ship is set in Sting’s hometown of Wallsend in the north east of England, a town once … Continued

An (ac)Count for History

An (ac)Count for History There’s no doubt. Salt Lake City is becoming a big balla’ player in this nation – world-class ski resorts, a MLS soccer team, a billion dollar downtown shopping mall, ranked in the top 20 for best public transportation systems, and as “The Count of Monte Cristo” ensemble member CHRISTOPHER RAMIREZ tells me, … Continued

Cowgirls Opening Night: Country or Classical?

[On March 25, 2016 we held the cast party for Cowgirls, at Mountain West Hard Cider, and our blogger, Lansia Wann spent some time with the cast…] Country or classical? This was never the segregating social factor when I was growing up in California. It was more between pop, rap, alternative, and other “cooler” genres of … Continued

Fasten Your Seatbelts…

    Deathtrap by Ira Levin holds the record for the longest-running “comedy-thriller” on Broadway. The comedy in the show is brilliant – matched only by the psychological tension in this superb thriller. Associate Dramaturg, Elizabeth Ferguson, tells us a little bit about the thriller genre. What makes a good thriller? Is it the unexpected … Continued

“Youth is full of sport…”

For each show in our season, PTC offers an opportunity to youth in schools throughout the valley to see professional theatre at an affordable price. There is always a talkback with the cast and those students who choose to stay afterward. Attending: Marcella Pereda, Ashley Wickett, Mia Bagley, Zoe Heiden, Brigham Inkley, Rebecca Watson, Colleen … Continued