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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...


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


Episode 35- Miracle on State Street (Nov. 30, 2017)

We do Christmas in a big way at SCERA: The decorations are up, the lights are lit, and our holiday show opens this week! On this week's podcast, meet TJ Thomas and Dawn Douglas ... two performers from the cast of Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical! Guests: Dawn Douglas and TJ Thomas, from the cast of Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical Hosts: Rachael Gibson and Quin Swallow


Episode 34- One Voice, Many McGees

The One Voice Children's Choir has over 100 members. On this episode, we offer you a close-up of three of them: Haven, Cairo and Avery McGee, together with their parents Linda and Bill. The McGees have been a 'part of the scenery' here at SCERA for five years, appearing in My Son Pinnochio, Tarzan, Mary Poppins and in SCERA's Acting Up group. We'll talk a bit about that, but we'll talk mostly of their life-changing experiences with the One Voice Children's Choir. Web Site: The One Voice...


Episode 33- The Casting Puzzle, Part 2 (November 9, 2017)

Today, we talk more about casting, from the would-be cast member's point-of view. In another edition of "Ask Kelsey," Kelsey Thompson shares some great wisdom on how to have a fun and successful callback audition, including some tips on how to succeed at your singing, dancing and cold reads. We also get real today, and talk about what happens when you don't get cast, because though it happens to everyone, it can be a very disappointing and lonely experience. We've been there, but it's...


Episode 32- The Casting Puzzle, Part 1 (Nov. 2, 2017)

It's often the most challenging aspect of putting-together a show, for creative team and cast alike: Casting. How does it work? What is the experience like for the creative team? How can wanna-be cast members make the best impression on a director, and increase their chances of being cast? What is the process like from the inside? In part one of our two-part series on casting, I was tutored and educated by the amazing Shawn Mortensen, Production & Programs Manager at SCERA. He has...


Episode 31- SCERA Scary Stuff (October 31, 2017)

This week, we give you a special Halloween episode, with a creepy play-at-home quiz, a guest review of our fall show "Captain Louie" by a four-year-old, some recommendations for theater-themed Halloween entertainment, and our best answer to the question, "Is the theater haunted?" To play today's quiz on your own, go to: and enter code 117208! Hosts: Rachael Gibson, Kelly Cook, Kelsey and Jake Thompson Guest game hosts: Bryan and Shaylia Johnson, and their son Levi


Fall Break Announcement (October 19, 2017)

Hey, SCERA Friends! We're taking a short break to enjoy a lovely Fall Break. However, this week's update will tell you what's ahead on the SCERA Spotlight podcast!


October Announcements!

We don't have a full episode for you today, but we do have a bit of news and a sneak peek at what's around the corner on SCERA Spotlight! We have a phone number now! You can call it at any time to leave us a voice message, and even contribute to the podcast! To leave your comments, suggestions, and great stories about your experiences at SCERA and in the arts, dial (385) 429-2787 or (385) 429-ARTS and tell us what's on your mind! We'll be back with a full episode next week!


Episode 30- Fall Film Preview (October 5, 2017)

It's fall ... The evenings are getting darker and colder ... PERFECT for coming indoors for a bit and catching a movie. In this week's fall movie preview, we'll take a look at films for kids, teens and families (and all of us, really) that are due to be released this fall ... some of which will be screened at the SCERA Center for the Arts! The list of subjects this fall super heroes, super kids, super dogs, a bull, and dead people that aren't scary. Also, Rachael will teach you about...


Episode 29- The Shortest Episode Yet (September 29, 2017)

Hey, we've had a wild week, so this week's installment is shorter than most. Today, we start two new weekly segments: Guest: Garrett Smit Hosts: Rachael Gibson and Quin Swallow


Episode 28- Life-Changing Theater (September 22, 2017)

People often talk about how theater is their life, but few people can say that theater carved a new path in their lives as Tanner Hutchens. Visiting NYC and watching the rowdy, profane Broadway Musical The Book of Mormon on a whim, one thing led to another and before long, Tanner found himself becoming a Mormon himself ... and a missionary! This week, Tanner shares his story, and his insights about theater and faith. Find more about Tanner's story and catch up with him on a regular basis...


Episode 27- Theater is Alive! (September 14, 2017)

On opening week of Noises Off!, we admit that performers sometimes fall short of perfection. It can lead to panic and humiliation when something goes wrong ... but it can make for a hilarious story later on! On this episode, we confess our onstage flaws, hiccups and near-disasters! And we do it with the help of two hilarious performers and SCERA favorites, Brodee Ripple and McKelle Shaw! Plus, on the serious side, McKelle and Brodee share some of their wise-beyond-their-years insights...


Episode 26- The Cast of Noises Off! (Sept. 7, 2017)

The pressure is on the cast of Noises Off! to pull-off a performance filled with chaos, physical comedy, and actors so funny they may just have a hard time keeping a straight face. But YOU don't have to, if you're in the audience ... You're more than welcome to laugh your head off. On today's podcast, hear what the craziness is about as we talk to the cast of Noises Off! about scripted insanity on-stage. Guests: Chase Ramsey (director), David Smith, Brittni Bills Smith, Shawn Mortensen,...


Episode 25- Villain Turns Hero Part 2 (Aug. 31, 2017)

Last week, you heard Allison Books (Ursula the Sea Witch) and Shawn Mortensen (Director, The Little Mermaid) talk about how they learned of Lily, a girl with a serious heart condition and a thing for Disney characters with purple skin like her own, namely Ursula from The Little Mermaid ... and how the cast of last year's Mermaid production arranged to bring Lily and her mother to Utah to meet her 'evil' idol. This week, Allison and Shawn talk about Lily's visit to Utah, and meeting ......


Episode 24: Villain Turns Hero, Part 1 (August 25, 2017)

If you think theater is simply for entertainment, we have a story that will change your mind. One year afterwards, we talk about a summer that SCERA will never forget ... the one where Urusula the Sea Witch's heart was melted by Lily, a new friend from Pennsylvania who traveled to Utah with her mother just to meet her hero from Disney's The Little Mermaid. It was an incredible experience and we invited Shawn Mortensen (Director, The Little Mermaid) and Allison Books (Ursula) to recount what...


Episode 23- Scotland the Brave

We've fallen in love with Scotland this summer, and we want to show you why. On the final weekend of Brigadoon at the SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre, we talk to director Jerry Elison, stage manager Julie Bonifay, and actors Vince Abbott and Caroline Glissmeyer. We also spent some time with SCERA performer Erika Bestor, who tells us why SCERA is such a special place to her and her family, why Jerry Elison is like another grandpa, and how the arts can be a perfect fit for someone with tough...


Episode 22- Good Guy - Bad Guy Garrett Smit

Garrett Smit is a jerk ... but only on stage. Between the foreman in Les Mis, the dad in Footloose, and George Banks in Mary Poppins, Garrett has had a lot of experience playing the grumpy curmudgeon. Thankfully, Garrett is far nicer and approachable in real life, though he admits he could easily relate to Mr. Banks in many ways. This week we'll share part of our conversation with Garrett, and you'll easily see why we like him so much. Also, we can't Ask Kelsey this week ... she's in...


Episode 21- Behind the Scenes Brains of Brigadoon (Aug. 4,2017)

Crysta Powell is a veteran stage manager at SCERA ... and she's done some interesting work in New York, too! Christopher Gallacher is a talented singer, dancer and now choreographer! Together, they are two of the brilliant minds behind SCERA's production of Brigadoon, opening this week at the SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre! On this episode, we'll talk with them both! Guests: Crysta Powell and Christopher Gallacher Host: Quin Swallow


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