The Shakespeare Festival: Plays You Can’t Miss Out On

The Shakespeare Festival is in full swing with several shows playing almost every day until Oct. 12. With only a month left to buy your tickets and go see your favorite shows, it might be a little overwhelming to decide which ones to attend. With that in mind, here are some suggestions straight from the ticket office.

Sabrina Jones, a recent graduate from SUU, started working at the ticket office this summer for the Shakespeare Festival. Because she graduated with a major in Theatre Arts, she has had some experience in theatre with what makes and breaks shows.

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” was first on Jones’  list. It’s a short show, only an hour and 15 minutes in total. Directed by Brad Carroll and held in the Randall L. Jones Theatre, the content advisory section on the site described the play as being “a fun and immensely hummable musical.” 

Jones had a great deal to say about “Every Brilliant Thing.” This play is a one man show, which contributes to a unique and different theatre experience in and of itself. When the only character first finds out that his mom has tried to commit suicide, he makes a list of “every thing that’s brilliant and worth living for.” Some items on his list include ice cream, water fights, and staying up past your bedtime. This play is so moving that the Utah State Legislature is paying for it to go on four separate tours throughout the state of Utah, visiting schools with it’s message. 

Emily Cacho, a current SUU student majoring in Theatre Arts and Arts Administration, has been working at the ticket office for the festival for 3 years now. 

“I would definitely recommend Hamlet as my top choice,” Cacho said.  “Quinn Mattfeld, a festival favorite actor, plays the title character, and brings a fresh take to an old classic,” 

There are many options to see these shows before the festival closes its doors for the season. Before time runs out, find more information on how to get a student access pass or purchase tickets here


Story by: Elizabeth Armstrong
Photos by: Utah Shakespeare Festival