As BYU returns to a traditional semester this fall on campus, BYU BRAVO! and Theatre events will also be returning to in-person performances. The upcoming season boasts a spectacular lineup from both departments that are sure to sweep audiences off their feet.
For both the Theatre and BRAVO! departments, this year promises both masterful performances from guest artists and stunning stage renditions of favorite plays and musicals.
“After a season successfully and creatively navigating productions during COVID-19, we are especially excited to return to performances where we can share the innovative work of our students and faculty with the surrounding community,” said BYU Theatre Artistic Director Stephanie Breinholt.
From the talented students in the Theatre department will come eight excellent stage productions this year, including “Luna,” “Escape From Planet Death!” “Julius Caesar,” “Fiddler on the Roof” and “As You Like It.” The department will also host an evening of “Contemporary Voices,” where students will perform readings of such modern masterpieces as “The Christians,” “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” and “The Thanksgiving Play.” The full list of performances can be found at arts.byu.edu.
Ranging from modern renditions of classic stories to new stage innovations from the minds of theatre students, each of these performances is sure to enchant both current BYU students and families in the Provo area.
BYU has, even more, to look forward to with several guest artists paying a visit to campus this year with the BRAVO! series. Guests this year will include jazz artist Wynton Marsalis with The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, celebrated composer Eric Whitacre and This American Life host Ira Glass.
In addition, talented groups such as The King’s Singers, Air Play, Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet and Zakir Hussain Trio will make their appearances on campus throughout the fall and winter semesters. The full list of guests and performers can be found at arts.byu.edu.
“This season was thoughtfully curated to provide audiences the opportunity to not only see new things but connect with familiar favorites,” said Bridget Benton, BRAVO! producer. “We hope there is something for everyone.”
Since emerging from this last year of virtual performances, both Breinholt and Benton agree that returning to in-person shows is one of the great triumphs of this upcoming season.
“There is nothing like a live performance and the energy that comes from that exchange,” commented Breinholt. “The past year has reaffirmed that. We are excited to return!”
Benton added that these art venues are places where the community can connect with both each other and the art they view. “My hope,” she said, “is that as patrons attend BRAVO! performances they will connect with friends or family they have not seen for a while, that they will connect with a performance that makes them think deeply [and] that they will connect with a work that inspires or challenges them.”
Certainly, after this pandemic year, both audiences and performers are eager to return to the live performances that they missed during those months of physical separation and virtual connection. As we transition back to in-person events, we look forward to strengthening both shared connections and forming new ones—and what better place is there than the theatre to do so?
For more information about the season performances, the 2021-2022 season brochure can be found at arts.byu.edu.
This year, BYU Arts Passes will look a little different for both Theatre and BRAVO! events. BYU Arts offers the regular Arts Pass, which will allow purchasers to choose six or more of the events that they would like to attend this year and allows flexibility if there is a need to swap out performances. Premium Arts Passes allow subscribers to choose eight or more of the performances they wish to attend and gives access to exclusive offers.
Arts Passes will go on sale for old subscribers on July 13 and for new subscribers on July 15 here.