WASHINGTON — Weber State University’s “Xanadu” recently received national recognition along with three Brigham Young University actors.
“Xanadu” earned Distinguished Production of a Musical; and Jim Christian, a Weber professor of theater and director of Musical Theatre Studies, was honored in two categories: Distinguished Director of a Musical and Distinguished Choreography.
The BYU actors performing in the university’s production of “The Elephant Man” awarded Distinguished Performance honors are Jennifer Chandler, for her role as cellist/narrator; Darick Pead, as Frederick Treves; and Graham Ward, as John Merrick.
“Xanadu” and “The Elephant Man” were staged at the 44th annual Kennedy Center American College Theater regional competition, held in mid-February on the Weber campus, and went on to receive the awards from the national organization. “The Elephant Man” was directed by David Morgan, a BYU associate professor of acting and head of the university’s acting program.
Stage productions from the 150 postsecondary theater departments in central and southern California, Arizona, southern Nevada, Hawaii and Utah were eligible for consideration at the Weber competition. Along with Weber’s “Xanadu” and BYU’s “The Elephant Man,” two additional stage shows from Utah universities were selected: “Eurydice,” from Utah Valley University; and “The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey,” an original musical co-produced by BYU and SCERA Center for the Arts.
“The Elephant Man” was written by Bernard Pomerance, and “Xanadu” was scripted by Douglas Carter Beane with music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar.