My favorite memory – the Utah Shakespeare Festival

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Editor’s note: This is the second installment in a series of blog posts by actor and choreographer Rat Gutter. He has appeared in numerous roles since 2005, including Tom Tucker HMS Pinafor, Inside Tommy Gilas Music Man,Peter inside Peter and Starcatcher, And this year as The Pirate King The Pirates of Penzance And inside Houdini Ragtime. He also choreographed this season The Greenshow And has choreographed the last asons Music Man, Peter and Starcatcher, And Anything goes.

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Thanks everyone for the feedback from the last blog! Emails are still coming. I think it’s just fair that I share some of my favorite memories at the festival.

Camelot, 2005: My first show at the festival was this legendary music, with Brian Vaughan as Arthur (now artistic director) and Brad Carroll as director.

HMS Pinafor, 2006: This was my first Gilbert and Sullivan show. I played Tom Tucker in no words without a line, but boy I have a lot to say!

Lend Me a Tenor: Musical instruments, 2007: This World Premier went to play West End in London! Funny thing – now there’s a character on the show named after me!

Music Man, 2011: This was my first chance as a professional choreographer! To this day I think it is one of the best choreographies I have created for the stage. I also played the role of Tommy Digilas

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2011: I played the Francis flute in this Shakespearean comedy, and it was the only show I did that was directed by festival founder Fred C. Adams. The BYUtv live broadcast was a night to remember, and we won an Emmy to boot!

Peter and Starcatcher, 2013: My absolute favorite. I was the choreographer and played the character The Boy. I could write a whole blog on this one – maybe I will. . . .

Ragtime, 2021: I’ve never been a part of a more significant event. How could a story written more than 100 years ago, written 20 years ago, be so heartbreakingly relevant? Playing the role of Houdini, something of a hero to me, and the opportunity to bring my other passion (magic) to the stage makes it a “one for the books”. I mourn the loss of this and hope you have the opportunity to see it.

Until next week!

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