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Announcing the Cast and Creative Team of SLAC's Summer Show: Close Encounters in the Beehive by Olivia Custodio, David Knoell, and Penelope Caywood

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March 05, 2024

Salt Lake Acting Company is proud to announce the cast and creative team for the upcoming World Premiere production of SLAC's Summer Show: Close Encounters in the Beehive by Olivia Custodio, David Knoell, and Penelope Caywood. Join us for this hilarious new take on life in Utah. When two aliens are sent on a mission to Earth, they're not quite sure what they will find. However, their instructions are clear: determine if Earth is worth saving by observing its people and their lives. Only problem - they've landed in Salt Lake City where the people are..........unique. SLAC's Summer Show is back with a comedic out-of-this-world romp in the Beehive State as we follow our intergalactic friends and their close (maybe a little too close) observation of the Jorgensen family.

This fantastic and funny cast is made up of several SLAC all stars and exciting new faces to our stage. The show will run in our upstairs theatre from June 26th to August 18th, 2024. Tickets are available here. Making up the cast, SLAC alumnus include Joseph Paul Branca* (SLAC's Summer Show: Down the Rabbit Hole, Saturday's Voyeur, Pete the Cat), Micki Martinez* (Pinkalicious, Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly), and Robert Scott Smith* (Sleeping Giant, Saturday's Voyeur, Climbing With Tigers). Making their Salt Lake Acting Company debuts will be Melody BaughNoelani BrownNate GinsbergMarc Nielson, and Alexa Shaheen

Understudies for the production, appearing as part of the Understudy Program at SLAC, will be announced shortly. The Understudy Program at SLAC is essential to allowing us to elevate, nurture, and employ emerging actors, as well as allowing seasoned performers the opportunity to stretch their creative muscles, all while widening and deepening our local artistic community.

Summer Show 2024 Cast

From Top Left: Melody Baugh, Joseph Paul Branca*, Noelani Brown, Nate Ginsberg, Micki Martinez*, Marc Nielson, Alexa Shaheen, and Robert Scott Smith*. 

SLAC's Summer Show 2024 will be directed and choreographed by Cynthia Fleming, joining her on the creative team will be Zach Hansen (Music Director), Erik Reichert (Set Design), Jesse Portillo** (Lighting Design), Heidi Ortega (Costume Design), Joe Killian (Sound Design), Erika Ahlin (Props Design), Jennie Sant* (Production Stage Manager), and Bridgette Lehman (Stage Manager).

Joining the creative team as part of SLAC's Professional Theatre Program for Emerging Artists will be Anna Blaes (Asst. Props Design), and Hannah Keating (Asst. Director/Asst. Choreographer). The Professional Theatre Program for Emerging Artists supplies opportunities to theatre artisans in multiple disciplines to learn and develop their skills in professional productions. To date, SLAC has created more than 150 production-based paid positions for actors, assistant stage managers, assistant directors and assistant designers. For more information on the program, click here.

Join us on Saturday, August 3rd for THE PARTY, Salt Lake Acting Company's annual fundraiser to help support all of our wonderful programming! Tickets are available now, and more information on what you can look forward to will be released shortly!

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
**Represented by United Scenic Artists Local USA 829 of the IATSE.