Here’s wishing all of you Uintah High School students who are auditioning for Mary Poppins this week the best of luck! Arrive early, do your best and take the parts that are offered. Remember, you’re always auditioning… in the halls, at your locker, at work. The people who are responsible for casting the show see you everywhere you go. You’re going to have a lot of fun!
Follow the above link to learn about the proposition to renew Uintah County’s ZAP (Zoo, Arts & Parks Tax). This sales tax rate of 1/10 of 1 % has existed since 1996 and mainly keeps the Western Park complex in operation.
It must be renewed every ten years and will be on the ballot on Nov. 4, 2014
As a big part of that, to us (the Uintah Arts Council & Outlaw Trail Theater), it provides a venue for performances, rehearsal space, costume storage, dressing rooms and storage space for the Outlaw Trail Theater. If the ZAP tax is not renewed, the Outlaw Trail Theater could be essentially out of business.
Of course there is also the Ice Skating Arena, the Uintah County Fair, the Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo, bull riding, many equestrian events and facilities, etc.. No, the new conference center that is under construction will not take over and replace everything that happens at Western Park… it will definitely provide some community benefits, but we still need Western Park for many, many activities.
Please vote “FOR” the proposition on November 4, 2014.
To put it in perspective, if you buy $300.00 worth of groceries at the grocery store, $.30 (30 cents) will go to the ZAP tax.
Please pass this on and encourage everyone to understand what the ZAP tax is and what it’s used for.
Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday… that’s it! The Outlaw Trail Theater production of Les Misérables is going wonderfully! If you haven’t been to see it yet… there is still time, and there are still plenty of seats available. Rave reviews have been coming in about how fantastic the production is… and how wonderful the cast is. Don’t let this opportunity slip by… get online and get your tickets right now… either right here from this website, or go to http://lesmisvernal.brownpapertickets.com. If you buy online in advance (before 6 pm on the night of the show) or stop by the Uintah County Heritage Museum at 155 East Main in Vernal (again, before 6 pm) you will save $1 per ticket. Otherwise, you can get them right at the box office before the show. Outlaw Trail Amphitheater, 302 E 200 S, Vernal, UT 8 PM Call 888-240-2080 with questions. See you there!
As we’re getting down to the wire now, we’ll probably have daily posts.
Where else could you see a production of LES MISÉRABLES like this one? We have a cast of 67 fabulous singers, a staff of nearly 30 that helps put the show on every night… or helped get it on stage. We have fresh air, green grass, open skies and a wonderful play. LES MISÉRABLES has become the most popular play in the world… and you can see it right here in rural, Vernal, Utah. And a ticket for this show costs about 1/3 of what the gasoline would cost you to drive to SLC, one way.
The crowds have been good and very, very responsive and appreciative, but don’t let your chance to see it slip away. It will run tonight(Monday), Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday this week… and then it’s gone. There is NO show on Friday, July 4th. Tickets are very easy to get online, either through this website (OutlawTrailTheater.com) or go to http://lesmisvernal.brownpapertickets.com . If you really need to get your hands on a physical ticket, you can visit the Uintah County Heritage Museum in Vernal at 155 East Main Street, and they will help you get a ticket, especially if you’re not comfortable using the internet. As always, you can walk up to the box office in the amphitheater at Western Park and buy your tickets right there.
Right now, go get tickets, mark your calendar, set an alarm and make your plans to get to Western Park and see LES MISÉRABLES… before you miss it. You will be very, very glad you did!
Dates June 23-24-25-26-27-28 and 30th plus July 1-2-3-5… No show on Sunday, June 29th or on Friday, July 4th
Prices: Advance (Bought online or at the Uintah County Heritage Museum in Vernal)
Adults [12+] = $11, Children [under 12] = $8
At the gate, tickets will cost $1 more each. Everyone [all ages] who occupies a seat must have a ticket. All seating is reserved. Patrons should be in their seats no later than 7:50 PM. The show ends right around 11 PM.
Click on the BrownPaperTickets icon below or visit http://lesmisvernal.brownpapertickets.com to buy tickets now.
There were 110 people that auditioned for Les Misérables… a cast of 50-60 is what the production staff called for. So, unfortunately, not everyone that auditioned was selected. We thank you so much for your talent and your willingness to prepare and put yourself through that extremely difficult process. If you didn’t make it, don’t be discouraged. There will be other opportunities to audition and you are sure to find your role if you continue to work hard. Thank you again.
We’re hearing that a lot… “Waiting Is the Hardest Part”… from those who audition for a show. It’s true! You spend a lot of time, energy and emotion preparing your audition song… you wait to attend the audition date of your choice… you finally get there… and wait. It could be 2 minutes and it could be 2 hours. Then you wait for the auditors (nasty word) to get ready to give you their attention, make small talk with you, try to get the camera working, get the accompanist set up or get the sound equipment working, etc.. Then it finally comes… and it’s over in two minutes. You are thanked and summarily dismissed. Now…. the worst waiting begins. Maybe the stomach never stops churning. Maybe you can’t sleep… or at least not for long. Maybe they didn’t like your audition. Maybe they won’t give you the part you really want. Maybe you forgot to turn off the iron!
It’s horrible! Why can’t we just get on with it??!!!
The production staff has to wait, too! What if nobody comes to auditions? What if there’s nobody that can sing that part the way I imagined it? What if we don’t get enough men? What if somebody drops out after they’ve been cast? What if we can’t get enough of an audience to come to the show and pay the bills? What if most of the town misses the biggest production we’ve ever taken on?
Then the hardest part on that side of the coin… who do I turn down for that great part? Who’s feelings are going to be hurt? Who will hate me forever and never come back to do one of our shows again? Whose relatives will shun me now because of what I did? Who will be talking smack about me and the organization? It never ends…
WHY DO WE DO THIS TO OURSELVES????!!!???
Because… we love it. Not the audition part… that’s the worst… for everyone. But we love the process, the project, the creation, the telling of the story. And most of all… we love the end result– the applause, the laughter, the tears, the joy and the illusion. We love the temporary escape, the friendships built and the memories that will be kept forever. For good and for bad… we love it.
Bring a jacket! It’s chilly in the ice arena building. So, bring a jacket, a hoody, a blanket… whatever will help keep you warm.
For more of the latest audition pointers, click HERE!
If you have friends who might be interested in auditioning for Les Misérables and they are not on a Uintah Arts Council mailing list, not a member of the Outlaw Trail Theater Cast & Crew group on Facebook or have not liked the Outlaw Trail Theater Facebook page, they may never see the audition announcement unless you “Share” it. As nice as it is to “Like” a post, it doesn’t go any further. It just sits there in “Like” land, smiling for you to see and for the original poster to see… maybe a few other “likers”. We get a kick out of being “liked”, but we quite often need to be “shared”. In fact, you don’t even have to “like” on of our posts to “share” it. We promise not to hold you emotionally or psychologically hostage for “sharing” our posts. Quite the opposite, we will sing your praises and thank you profusely for helping us spread the news.
Now, please “Share” this… and ask everyone else to “Share” it.