“What the Bellhop Saw” Insights

Insights into “What the Bellhop Saw” from the Dramaturgy Department

The Historic Murray Theater

The Historic Murray Theater

The Historic Murray Theater’s distinctive architecture pops out of the strip malls of Murray’s State Street like a beacon of another time and place. We are so lucky to call this beautiful building our own. The Murray was originally built in 1938 as a movie theater.  You may recognize a few of the titles that played at its opening… Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz, to name a couple. It later transitioned into being used for private parties or cultural events—even hosting the great Judy Garland herself at one point. As you walk up to the building, you can feel the history.  The...

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Tech Week

Tech Week

Starting last Friday, the cast and crew took the trek up to Murray to start putting all of our hard work to the test. We jumped in with both feet—adding set, lights, sounds, and some costumes, all in the first run through. Technical rehearsal means a lot of work, stop-and-go action, and long hours. But it is when you really start to see the play come to life. We couldn’t be more excited to be working in the space.

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Getting Excited?

Have you seen our fantastic promo video? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e43GucTGgkE Get excited! We open on Friday. Buy your tickets today!

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The Director’s Concept: Wes Anderson

The Director’s Concept: Wes Anderson

You may know him from The Royal Tenebaums, Moonrise Kingdom or even Fantastic Mr. Fox. Wes Anderson is one of the most identifiable directors of our day. Watch this video with clips of his movies. Anderson is very deliberate in his choices, using a distinctive look that permeates all of his movies. He creates movies from the ground up, often writing, directing, and even acting in his own films. He is very precise in his choices of color and overall visual look, to the extent of building costumes and sets to really capture that Wes Anderson feel. Because his films are so detailed, it...

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Meet the Cast

Meet the Cast

Before you come out to the show, there are a few people we’d like you to meet. OUR AMAZING CAST! Drumroll, please… JACK KYLE ORAM (Wally) Kyle is a recent graduate of Utah Valley University. Credits include Orpheus in UVU’s Eurydice, multiple roles with Grassroots Shakespeare, and most recently Koko in The Mikado at UVU. He plays in improv and sketch shows for Dr. Yes and The Thrillionaires. What the Bellhop Saw features many of the most talented people he knows. He’s thrilled at the opportunity. JAMES McKINNEY (Georgie) James is a third-year actor at Utah Valley...

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Keeping It Current

Keeping It Current

We just finished our first week of rehearsal. It has been absolutely fantastic. It’s a lot of fun to discover a new world and new characters with other incredibly talented people. One of the first things our director, Chase Ramsey, asked for cast members to do was to go through their lines and find ways to update the references their characters make. What the Bellhop Saw was written in the late 1980s and published in 1990. It is definitely a product of its time. Some of the gags have been seen over and over again, and are just tired. That’s not how a farce should be. It should be fun,...

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Promotional Video and Photoshoot

Promotional Video and Photoshoot

On May 8, the cast and some of the crew for What the Bellhop Saw headed down to the historic Utah County Courthouse in the middle of downtown Provo to shoot some footage for our promotional video. We chose this beautiful neoclassical space to reflect the opulence of our hotel, The Grand Tiltmore.       What do you think? Can you see bellhops running around from room to room making a mess of things? All that’s missing is a concierge desk! Here are some behind-the-scenes photos. Overall I’d say we had a lot of fun. Tune in soon to see the fruits of our hard...

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Farce: You Know You Love It!

Comedy of Errors, Noises Off, Lend Me a Tenor, The Foreigner, One Man, Two Guvnors, and What the Bellhop Saw. What do they have in common? Slamming doors, mixed up lovers, characters in embarrassing situations — in forms of undress. This is farce. Although we might not know it, farce is everywhere. From the stage to the screen — in movies like What’s Up, Doc? — and even at home on our televisions. Just look at your favorite Tom and Jerry or Arrested Development episode. Even if these aren’t classified completely as farce. They at least utilize some of its characteristics. So...

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