I just got back from a fantastic 3-day theatre conference. The UTA (Utah Theatre Association) conference of 2010 was called "Caught in the Act!" and was held on UVU's campus. There were many great actors, workshops, and performances. So here's the recap on UTA.
Day 1- Thursday
The RHS drama department left the high school at about 12:30. We had 57 Drama geeks pile onto one bus, and we were off to UVU! Bus rides with the drama club are always entertaining. :) Once we arrived at UVU it was off to the workshops! The first workshop I attended was with Benj Pasek and Justin Paul- the composers of the musical Edges and very talented singers and songwriters! The RHS MDT class performed one of Pasek and Paul's songs at the workshop. The song was called "Coasting" and is originally sung by one male and two females. We had approximately 20 men and women sing it at the workshop, and Pasek and Paul really enjoyed the performance! I stayed in Pasek and Paul's room for the second workshop, learning about how to prepare for college, and what different theatre-related majors are available to college students. It was great information, and Pasek and Paul were very awesome people. UTA was off to a fun start! After the second worskhop the drama club ordered Pizza and ate dinner on campus while we waited to get seats for UVU's evening production of Urine Town. The show was spectacular! It was such a unique and interesting musical. The musical ended day #1 with a bang, and we headed home to get a good night's rest before the next day of theatre goodness.
Day 2- Friday
We had an early start Friday and headed down to UVU at 7:30 in the morning! We began the day by helping the technical theatre students set up their booths for interviews for scholarships, and then we headed to a huge gym to listen to the Key-note speaker. The key-note speaker, Anne Bogart, was the creator of Viewpoints, a method that actors use to help focus and build characters. She was an amazing speaker and we all learned some great things from her. Then UVU provided a delicious lunch, and I was off to auditions! UTA offers the opportunity to have a couple of students from each school that attends the conference to audition for scholarship opportunities for colleges and universities all over the state. RHS was able to take four auditioners- Matt, Lauren, Jenn, and myself. We headed over to the library, where auditions were being held- and prepared ourselves. It was so nerve-wracking! We got dressed up nice, warmed up... and our audition time was 1:50. I walked into the auditorium on my own and found a large group of professors and college majors scattered throughout the audience. I sang a song and performed a monologue. It was a spectacular experience, and I felt confident about my audition! After auditions, I went with a group of friends to a dance workshop. We learned the original Broadway choreography to "God I Hope I Get It" from A Chorus Line. It was a difficult, fast-paced dance, but we had a BLAST learning it!!! After the dance workshop my friend Dylan and I left the conference for voice lessons (which are always fun) and then the drama club went to the University Mall for dinner. Afterwards we went to Mountain View High School to see their production of Little Shop of Horrors. After the show we found ourselves in the middle of a snow storm! But after much chaos, we found our bus, got out of the snow-packed parking lot, and made our way home. It was an awesome conference so far.
Day 3- Saturday
The last day! We drove down to Utah Valley at 7:30 and went to MVHS to see the Salt Lake School of Performing Arts original production called Innovations. It was a very moving and emotional piece. Using no words, and just a few props and music, the actors portrayed the life of two best friends and what happens when one of the girls gets breast cancer. The audience was touched, and it was an excellent way to start the last day of UTA. After the performance we went back to UVU and went to more workshops! I loved all of the workshops at UTA, and learned SO MUCH! :) The RHS MDT class also discovered that Pasek and Paul wanted our class to perform in their final concert with them! We had a rehearsal with Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. They helped us perfect their song "Coasting" and prepared us for the final performance that evening. Pasek and Paul were so friendly and talented!!! It was a wonderful opportunity to work with them... and I just had to get a picture! After some more workshops we went to a magic show, and then headed to Golden Corral for dinner! All you can eat! :) and it was sooo yummy! After dinner we headed to MVHS for the final awards ceremony and concert. MDT arrived early, and we practiced our song one more time with Pasek and Paul. Then 2000 students poured into the auditorium. We had an awards ceremony, where two of our students won cash prizes. (Julie for Playwriting, and Andrew for technical theatre). Then it was time for the FINAL CONCERT!!! Pasek and Paul were so awesome and entertaining to listen to... all of the audience admired their personality and talent. (the girls especially... ha ha). It was the best way to end the conference, especially when MDT went up and sang our song with Pasek and Paul. After the concert, everyone climbed onto the bus for one more crazy-loud ride home. What a weekend.
Overall... I absolutely loved UTA. It was amazing being able to spend time with friends and other people who are passionate about what I am passionate about. We bonded, laughed, and learned SO MUCH! It made me realize that this is really what I want to do with my life. I love performing. :)