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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Utah Shakespearean Festival Shortens Season To Balance Budget

The Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespearean Festival is streamlining operations as it prepares for the 2009 season. The deepening world-wide recession has forced budget cutbacks. As a result, the Festival is shortening its season slightly, shifting it lineup and taking other actions to reduce expenses. has this article about the theatre and its cutbacks. Below are excerpts.

The Festival ended 2008 with a slight deficit, but administrators are looking forward and planning to weather the deepening financial storm-although they admit it has involved making some difficult decisions. Changes decided upon include the shortening of the summer season by one week, changing the line-up and calendar of plays in the fall season, eliminating some positions, and several other money-saving cuts.

"As we look ahead to the coming year and predictions of a furthering recession," said R. Scott Phillips, Festival executive director, "we want to be pro-active and guarantee that the Festival (which was founded nearly 50 years ago) continues for at least another half-century."

First, the Festival has eliminated one week from its summer season, closing one week earlier. The season will run June 29 to August 29 and feature Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors, Henry V, and As You Like It, a well as Noel Coward's Private Lives, the charming and emotionally-rich Foxfire, and the family musical The Secret Garden.

In addition, the fall season has changed dramatically. Instead of running September 25 to October 24 as previously announced, it will now be September 18 to October 17. Also, the plays to be performed have been changed. Instead of Pericles, The Woman in Black, and Pump Boys and Dinettes, the fall season will feature Tuesdays with Morrie, the touching tale of a teacher and his student adapted from the popular book; the ghostly and mysterious The Woman in Black; and the hilarious farce, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).

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