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Episode 55- Beauty and the Cast

When you are in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, you really need to 'Consider yourself part of the furniture!' to borrow a lyric from another great musical. Kyle Baugh and Caroline Glissmeyer have done just that, playing a clock (Cogsworth) and a chandelier ... just two in an enormous cast of furnishings and townspeople, heroes and villains. And we squeezed-in an interview with Paige Ford, a member of the crew. It's a fun episode to enjoy, even with some technical hiccups. Watch the interview...


Episode 54- Peter Pan the Musical

Fans love The Pan ... So much that he's coming BACK to the SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre for Peter Pan: The Musical. We headed back out to the top of the SCERA Shell hill to chat with the lead cast members of the show! Watch the recording of this podcast episode ... from the SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre ... on YouTube Guests: Kevin Bigler (Peter Pan), Ella Child (Wendy), Cameron Ward (John), Rome Stewart (Michael), and Nathaniel Noyes (Captain Hook) Hosts: Rachael Gibson and Quin...


Episode 53- Newsies Seize the SCERA

It's been a long wait: Fans of Disney's Newsies, The Musical, or 'Fansies' as they are often called, have grown-up with the show in one form or another for nearly three decades. But it wasn't until this year that Utah Valley fansies could see the show, licensed and legal, in their own hometown stages. This week, Newsies will welcome thousands to the SCERA Shell as the first musical of the season. On today's episode, we are on-site, at the Shell, and talking to several members of the cast...


Episode 52: The Star Awards 2019, Part II

In part two of our two-part special on this year's Star Awards winners, we meet these talented and generous contributors to the arts: Chef Todd Leonard of Utah Valley Culinary Arts Jonah Riggs, SCERA Volunteer Agnes Broberg, Dramatic arts educator Joseph Brickey, Visual artist Barb Smith, Journalist and emcee for the 2019 Star Awards Chelsie Hightower, 2019 Star Award Winner Hosts: Rachael Gibson and Quin Swallow Volunteer Jonah Riggs, keeping busy Agnes Broberg Barb Smith...


Episode 51- Aida at the SCERA

Jalyn Macedone, Beatriz Melo and Tyson Wright have a lot of awkward love triangle interactions onstage during Disney's Aida, but there is nothing awkward about them or their performing skils. Quin got to interview the talented trio to learn about their backgrounds and the show ... and quiz them on how well they know each other! New today: We have a VIDEO of today's podcast! View it here: Watch the video version on YouTube!


Episode 50- The Star Awards 2019 Part 1

This year's Star Awards were outstanding ... So outstanding we had a hard time trying to cram all of our honorees into one episode. So we stopped trying! In this episode, learn more about the Evening of Stars Gala itself, and meet four of our honorees. We'll catch-up with the rest on a future upcoming episode! Episode 51 with the cast of Disney's Aida is being released WITH this episode on May 4! Hosts: Quin Swallow, Rachael Gibson Guests: Carly Condie, Miss Utah...


Episode 49- The SCERA Scene Shop (March 22, 2019)

On this episode, we take you to SCERA's Scene Shop ... and it's a wonder to behold. Okay, it looks a little like a garage, but a very large and unusual one. We'll show you set pieces, props ... and, at the end, see if you can look at set models and guess the name of the show! Hosts: Rachael Gibson and Quin Swallow Guest: Garrett Smitt, Scene Shop Manager Below are a few photos from our tour. To view all the photos accompanying this episode while listening to the audio: Download the m4a...


Episode 48- The Best SCERA Christmas Pageant Ever!

We have more brilliant artists for you to meet: Michael Carrasco has talent for acting, leadership for directing, and patience and nerves of steel for working with dozens of children! He brought his bag of tricks to SCERA's The Best Christmas Pageant Ever The Musical, this year's holiday show. On this podcast, we talk with Michael about his love for theater, and how his stage experiences have shaped his life. We'll also talk with Pageant's "Alice," Stella Parry, who very nearly steals the...


Episode 47: The SCERA Costume Shop (December 7, 2018)

The work of cosumers is so under-appreciated ... They toil for hours, custom-fitting extra-specialized clothing for performers that are going to put their clothing through a serious workout. They rush to meet deadlines, please everyone ... and suffer the occasional needle sticks, burns and glitter accident for their efforts. It's time you meet the magicians whose talent and dedication make it possible for you to see a colorful display of fantasy fashion in live SCERA performances...


Episode 46- She's a Wiz! (October 5, 2018)

It's the final weekend the Wizard is in town: Two performances remain for The Wizard of Oz at the SCERA Center. For the cast and crew of Wizard, their experience was largely shaped by the vision and energy of their director, DeLayne Bluth Dayton. It would take a lifetime to get to truly know her, but we'll give you a few minutes with her on this episode, and it will be a treat and an inspiration. Cover photo: DeLayne Bluth Dayton sneaks into a performance, surprising her cast and a few...


Episode 45- Bye Bye, Bye Bye Birdie!

We are SO excited for the great stuff coming at the end of The SCERA Shell's season ... and SO sad it's almost over! We'll review the great events you can still catch before we button-up for the winter, and ... If you spend even a minute with Becca Boberg, you will see why she is the perfect Kim McAfee in Bye Bye, Birdie! and also why she is a perfect addition to SCERA cast and staff. She's a born performer, but also a natural teacher whose enthusiasm for fun and showmanship is obvious five...


Episode 44- Independence Day 2018 at SCERA

We meet two of the cast members of Cries of Freedom, a locally-written and produced patriotic musical that celebrates the idea of freedom in the infancy of the United States, and throughout the world. We also talk about many of the activities you can find at and around SCERA this week! Guests: Spencer Baldwin and Presten Stevens Spencer Baldwin Presten Stevens Cries of Freedom runs July 2-3 at 1, 4 and 7 p.m., and July 4 at 1 and 4 p.m. Visit for more...


Episode 43- Oh My Heck, Here Comes Shrek!

It's opening weekend for Shrek The Musical! We've been eagerly awaiting Shrek and Fiona's return to SCERA for the last few years, and the wait is over! We'll introduce you to Josh Needles (Donkey), James Marden (Pinocchio) and Preston Harmon (Peter Pan), and find out how they found themselves at auditions, how they beat the heat, and 'What makes them special...' We also want you to meet Melanie Holdaway, our master of popcorn, churros, nachos and hot dogs. She takes great care of our guests...


Episode 42- The Sweet Sounds of Sister Act

On the last week of Sister Act, The Musical at the SCERA Center, we share with you a few conversations from the talented people behind the show: Cast members Becca Rose (Deloris Van Cartier), Cristina Bean and Deborah Bowman (Ensemble), and DeLayne Dayton (Music Director). Don't miss this fun episode, or this heavenly show! Guests: Becca Rose, Cristina Bean, Deborah Bowman and DeLayne Dayton Host: Quin Swallow Photography: Rachael Gibson and Quin Swallow Pictured, after a performance:...


Episode 41 The 2018 SCERA Star Awards (April 12, 2018)

We're BACK! After a bit of a break, we have a new episode for you this weekend, with the talented and generous SCERA Star Awards winners, including Lindsey Stirling and Ryan Shupe! We are thrilled that you get to 'meet' them! Here they are: Cries of Freedom Plus, we talk with master Gala detail organizer and general SCERA wizard, April Berlin (SCERA Operations Manager), and the evening's host, Brian Carlson of KTVX Television / Good4Utah. The Clarke Family Honorees Heber...


Episode 40.27 Marvelous Martha Glissmeyer

Martha Glissmeyer, wife, mother, SCERA performer and musical director, and a legend of the arts in our community, passed away on February 2. On and off the stage, she changed the lives of hundreds of people, through her talent, love, and joy. We had to take some time to remember our amazing friend, Martha. Today's episode is an informal chat as we talk about what we love ... and what we'll miss ... about this magnificent lady of the stage and community. Guests: Jerry Elison, Cristina Bean,...


Episode 39- Utah Dance Film Festival 2018 (Feb 22, 2018)

Today is a rather interesting day ... This is a recording we made one year ago, during the Utah Dance Film Festival. We meet Katie Bruce Sorensen with the Utah Dance Film Festival, taking place at the SCERA Center for the Arts February 23 and 24. Even if dance is already a part of your life, you may be new to this event and the work that is being exhibited here. Guest: Katie Bruce Sorensen Link: The Utah Dance Film Festival Program note: You have heard us mention we will be talking...


Episode 38- Right on Cue with Jeremy Showgren

FIELD TRIP!!!! We get to visit Right On Cue Services and meet Jeremy Showgren, stage director of many SCERA shows, and behind-the-curtain musical wizard. What exactly does he do? We can't possibly tell you here ... You'll have to listen to the podcast! Also, we have LOTS of news, including summer plans for the Shell. Finally, and most sadly and importantly, we would very much like to collect from you your memories of the remarkable Martha Glissmeyer, another amazingly talented SCERA friend...


Episode 37- Christmas at SCERA

Today's super-short episode has a quick run-down of the news, including films and concerts: Star Wars- The Last Jedi, Mark Masri, and A Crescent Christmas. We also have our final interview with cast members from Miracle on 34th Street. And Quin explains why SCERA means so much to him, and to his family. Music clips: The Crescent Super Band See them perform at SCERA December 22-23: Information about A Crescent Christmas Guests: Emille Moffitt and Jaron Young, of Miracle on 34th...


Episode 36- Mark Masri is Coming to Town

At SCERA, we love Mark Masri so much, we're having him back! Masri's stunning voice will be entertaining SCERA audiences for two nights next week, and we are thrilled to have him! Today, get a sample of his singing and learn why this night is going to be so special. Also, we talk to more folks from the Miracle on 34th Street cast, and we'll talk about Disney/Pixar's Coco, playing at the SCERA Center for one more week! Hosts: Rachael Gibson and Quin Swallow