Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Grand Theatre Company Holding Auditions for “Rocky Horror Show”

The Grand Theatre will hold auditions for “The Rocky Horror Show” by appointment only on June 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Appointments can be made online or by calling the Grand Theatre Box Office at 801-957-3322.

Prepare 16 bars of a song in the style of the show. An accompanist will be provided. Headshots and resumes are encouraged. Prior to your audition, please download, complete and print the audition form to bring with you to your audition.

Auditions will be held in the Grand Theatre Facilities & Arts Annex at 1610 South 250 East, Salt Lake City 84115. Parking is available at no charge in the southeast parking lot off of 1700 South. Enter the building through the north entrance.

The Rocky Horror Show will be directed by Anne Stewart Mark. Callbacks will be on July 2, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Those who are called back should wear clothes they can dance in. The show will run Oct. 4–27. Rehearsals will begin on Aug. 25 and will be held (apart from tech week) Monday – Friday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Grand Theatre is committed to diverse, inclusive casting and actively seeks talented actors of color on an ongoing basis. All qualified performers are welcome, without regard to disability, race, color, national origin or any other basis prohibited by law, unless otherwise specifically indicated.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Grand Youth Camp Kicks Off Two Weeks of Fun, Education

A troupe of young actors and technicians from around Utah converged on Salt Lake Community College's annual Grand Youth camp, presented by SLCC's Grand Theatre. The two-week summer master theatre camp for children in grades 7-12 engages ambitious, creative students in exciting and relevant theatre creation. Experienced artists help participants discover the power of theatre through exploration of devised theatre and Theatre of the Oppressed techniques. Students can take master classes focusing on either performance or technical skills that will be applied to the creation and public performance of their own devised theatre pieces. Below are a few highlights from Day One of the camp.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Leader, Visionary Chosen for New Director of Academic Advising

The Division of Student Affairs is pleased to announce that Ashley Sokia has accepted the role of Director of Academic Advising. Under Ashley’s leadership as the Interim Director for the past year, the Executive Cabinet approved the new Academic Advising Model on May 8. Ashley has garnered an immense amount of trust in her leadership and strategic vision for advising and the college. Please join Student Affairs in congratulating Ashley on her new position!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

'Stage Combat' Demo, Grand Youth Program Take Center Stage on Fox 13's The Place

Salt Lake Community College students Tennessee Tarrant and A.J. Neuschwander fought in front of Fox 13's Big Budah and taught him how to throw and take a punch - the Hollywood variety, that is. The students demonstrated the "stage combat" knowledge they learned at SLCC's Center for Arts & Media (CAM) on Fox 13's The Place. SLCC theater program director Zachary Curtis prepped the students and CAM program manager Josh Elstein talked about SLCC's Grand Youth program, which includes lessons in stage fighting. Below are a few highlights from the visit to Fox 13 studios.

Zachary Curtis (l-r), A.J. Neuschwander, Tennessee Tarrant and Josh Elstein

Meet Our Faculty: Maria Skelton

Maria Skelton

Assistant Professor and Fashion Institute Internship Coordinator
School of Arts, Communication & Media
Fashion Institute

What she teaches:
Introduction to Fashion; Costume History; Intermediate Sewing; Pattern Drafting Essentials; Draping Fundamentals; Fashion Internship

Number of years teaching at SLCC:

Undergraduate degree:
Brigham Young University (BFA - Clothing and Textiles)

Why working at SLCC matters:
SLCC has the only fashion design and merchandising program in Utah, offering students access to topnotch education without leaving the state. SLCC has a large and diverse population and class sizes tend to be smaller, with many resources available to support students. SLCC is always working to improve access, equity, and completion – which make this an exciting and rewarding place to work.

Greatest professional challenge:
Finding ways to create and revise curriculum, and teach content encompassing the knowledge and skill sets necessary for success in the industry – while fitting everything into a 2-year AAS Degree program. My primary concern is that program graduates will be competitive in the industry.

Greatest professional accomplishment:
It’s been exciting and rewarding to see the process of continually revising the curriculum pay off in the student’s breadth of knowledge and skill sets. Student success is really at the heart of what makes teaching such a joy.

Advice for students or others:
I think it’s important for students to seek out academic advising, with program advisors, faculty, or administration (or all three).  Students who have advisors generally enjoy more effective academic and career planning, set realistic goals, and are more aware of college resources and support services, resulting in a more successful overall education experience.

Future plans:
Continuing to collaborate with our Fashion Institute faculty and program manager in order to improve and grow the fashion program. There are always changes happening in the industry and it is crucial to stay up with industry needs while continuing to find the best ways of serving our student population.

I have been married to my wonderful and supportive husband David for nearly 29 years, who is an attorney and businessman. We have three amazing children – two daughters – Alison, 21, and Elizabeth, 19, who are currently in college; and a son Daniel, 17, who is a high school senior and will be attending college next year.

I love reading, sewing, knitting, and most artistic endeavors. I enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, canoeing, and camping, as well as gardening My favorite thing to do is hang out with my family.