Director’s Brief: 2019-2020 Season Excitement

Director’s Brief: 2019-2020 Season Excitement

Can I brag a little about our programming for next season? It’s just that I’m so pleased we’re offering our subscribers and patrons such an exciting blend: musicals, a drama, a comedy, a world premiere, a Utah premiere, and a little classic thrown in. I’m proud that we are going to be a part of … Continued

Director’s Brief: What is a Concert Musical?

What is a concert musical? I’ve come to expect—at the time of year when we’re producing our concert musical—that this question will arise. Well, certainly we all know what a concert is. When one goes to a concert, at the Symphony or Red Butte Garden, or even Vivint Arena, you know what to expect. But … Continued

Director’s Brief: A Chris, a Cagney, and a Play That Goes Wrong

You may have seen us in the news a bit this week. Here. Or here. Or here. We started the week on Monday by announcing our new managing director, Christopher Massimine. We rolled into our last week of the beautiful Once — which closes tomorrow. We announced the cast for our upcoming Concert musical, and began bringing … Continued

Director’s Brief: The Future of PTC

Keep your eyes peeled for breaking news at PTC next week! Maybe it’s news about our 2019–2020 season—not that I could tell you anything now. (But if you can guess what show got the most votes on our season survey, you’d be right in thinking it’ll be on our season next year.) Or, maybe, Monday … Continued

Thank you, Pioneer Theatre Company staff

I want to salute the staff of Pioneer Theatre Company this week. In the days before tech, every hour is at a premium. That was definitely the case this week, as we were getting ready for tech for Once. But then we woke up Wednesday morning to all that snow. The production staff was supposed … Continued

Director’s Brief: Back from New York…

I write this at 30,000 feet—returning from a busy week in New York where the temperatures were frigid! I saw four shows: Prom, Choir Boy, Network and King Kong. Four very different kinds of show; two musicals, one play with music and one play. Network and King Kong take advantage of some amazing theatrical technology. Video and … Continued

Director’s Brief: We recycle.

This is what our recycling looks like when we are working on a new play reading….. Hope you are joining us tonight and tomorrow at the UMFA Dumke auditorium for our second Play by Play reading, “The Fifth Domain.”  

Director’s Brief: Rehearse•Cast•Give•Audition

Hi, everyone! This week has been hectic and packed with events, in the way that we love to experience life at Simmons PMT. The cast of The Lion in Winter arrived and we want you to get to know them so we slipped into the Cathedral of the Madeleine for a very special  photoshoot – … Continued

Director’s Brief: Visiting NYC during the Holidays

New York was bustling—there is an “I’m living in a holiday movie”-thing that happens in New York in December. The decorations, the crowds, the cold! It’s a special time. I got to visit with some of our wonderful Sweeney Todd cast members. I saw an eclectic mix of theatre, and particularly enjoyed The Lifespan of … Continued

Director’s Brief: “Winter Wishes” from PTC

Happy Holidays! The holiday season officially begins here the week after Thanksgiving, when our third show of the season opens. Traditionally, it’s a holiday-themed or family-friendly, upbeat title we hope appeals to everyone. This year, we visit Jane Austen’s England for a fun and heartwarming imagined sequel to Pride and Prejudice. It’s called Miss Bennet: … Continued