Shakespeare Festival panel presents at Dixie Forum

Background image: Randall L. Jones Theater; foreground image: Danforth Comins as Hamlet in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2012 production of “Hamlet,” Cedar City, Utah, dates not specified | “Hamlet” photo by Karl Hugh, both images courtesy of Utah Shakespeare Festival, St. George News
Photo of Becky Merold to present at Dixie State University's weekly lecture series “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World”, location and date unspecified | Photo courtesy of Dixie State University, St. George News
Becky Merold to present at Dixie State University’s weekly lecture series “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” | Photo courtesy of Dixie State University, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A panel of the Utah Shakespeare Festival actors and artists will present at the weekly “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” series Tuesday at noon in the Dunford Auditorium in the Browning Resource Center on Dixie State University campus, 225 S. 700 East, St. George.

Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

The panel members — production manager Becky Merold, costume shop supervisor Jennifer L. Bach and actors Chris Mixon, Tyler Pierce and Jamie Ann Romero — will talk about their particular job functions at the festival, as well as the Utah Shakespeare Festival itself.

Merold

Photo of Chris Mixon to present at Dixie State University's weekly lecture series “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World”, location and date unspecified | Photo courtesy of Dixie State University, St. George News
Chris Mixon to present at Dixie State University’s weekly lecture series “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” | Photo courtesy of Dixie State University, St. George News

Merold has been with the Utah Shakespeare Festival for 13 seasons.

Most recently, she has served as stage manager for the festival’s productions of “Into the Woods,” “Anything Goes,” “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” “Mary Stuart” and “Titus Andronicus.”

Mixon

Mixon, who is in his fifth season of performing with the festival, is portraying Renfield in the 2015 production of “Dracula,” as well as Launce in “The Two Gentlemen of Verona.”

Among performing other roles, Mixon starred as Charlie in “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” at the festival. Additionally, he performed in the Broadway tour of “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying.”

Photo of Tyler Pierce to present at Dixie State University's weekly lecture series “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World”, location and date unspecified | Photo courtesy of Dixie State University, St. George News
Tyler Pierce to present at Dixie State University’s weekly lecture series “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” | Photo courtesy of Dixie State University, St. George News

Pierce

Pierce stars as the title character in “Dracula” and Panthino/Eglamour in “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” at the festival.

Previously at USF, Pierce portrayed Lord Mowbray/Beadle in “Henry IV Part Two” and Edgar in “King Lear.”

Romero

Romero is taking on the role of Silvia in the festival’s production of “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” and Lucy in “Dracula.”

Among other roles she has taken on, Romero has portrayed Jo/Eddie/Miss Auburn Sienna in the world premiere of “The Legend of Georgia McBride” at Denver Center Theatre.

Photo of Jamie Ann Romero to present at Dixie State University's weekly lecture series “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World”, location and date unspecified | Photo courtesy of Dixie State University, St. George News
Jamie Ann Romero to present at Dixie State University’s weekly lecture series “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” | Photo courtesy of Dixie State University, St. George News

Bach

Bach has served as USF’s costume shop supervisor since 2008.

Additionally, she served as the costumer for season brochures from 2011 to 2013, the rental coordinator since 2011, the draper for the educational tour of “Twelfth Night” in 2009 and Marley’s Ghost in the Playmakers’ production of “A Christmas Carol” in 2010.

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Dixie Forum is a weekly lecture series designed to introduce the public to diverse ideas and personalities while widening their worldviews through a 50-minute presentation.

Photo of Jennifer L. Bach, location and date unspecified | Photo courtesy of Dixie State University, St. George News
Jennifer L. Bach | Photo courtesy of Dixie State University, St. George News

The Dixie Forum series will be on recess next week as students observe Fall Break but will resume Oct. 20 when Fernando Rubio presents “Learning Languages in the Age of Connectedness” at noon in the Dunford Auditorium.

Event details

  • What: Dixie Forum
  • When: Tuesday, Oct. 6, noon
  • Where: Dunford Auditorium, Browning Resource Center, Dixie State University campus, 225 S. 700 East, St. George
  • Contact: John Burns at 435-879-4712 or burns@dixie.edu
  • Dixie Forum website | Facebook | @dixieforum

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