Cedar City, UT –BYU Broadcasting recently won the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Regional Emmy for the best Special Event Coverage Live or Edited with their live broadcast of the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2011 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The 2011 Festival season had special significance because not only did it mark the 50th anniversary, but Festival Founder Fred C. Adams was the director of this particular production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
“I’m not surprised at all that BYU Broadcasting won the Emmy,” said Adams. “BYU put so many resources behind the project with their hours of prep work and multiple trips down to Cedar City to watch rehearsals all in order to get the right shots at exactly the right moments. The finished product was amazing, and I’m thrilled the partnership worked so successfully. The award is a real credit to both organizations.”
BYUtv director/producer Steve Lowe led the production team, complete with nine cameras, more than two dozen microphones, and a portable satellite uplink. Festival company members and BYUtv crewmembers collaborated and worked together for months in order to bring Shakespeare’s most popular comedy to life on television screens around the nation. This was the first time in Festival history to have a performance broadcast live.
“We couldn't be more proud and happy for BYU Broadcasting,” said Executive Director R. Scott Phillips. “The artistic collaboration between BYU Broadcasting and the Utah Shakespeare Festival has proven to be a very strong and artistic team. As both companies continue to grow and as technology evolves, I think you will see many more exciting things to come from both organizations. We hope we can build upon this collaboration for future projects between television and live theatre,” said Phillips.
A story of young lovers, bumbling stage performers, and fairy royalty, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a complex commentary on Renaissance society that still has echoes in the contemporary world. The play was performed at the Festival’s signature venue, the Adams Shakespearean Theatre, which remains today one of the most authentic replicas of Shakespeare’s original Globe Theatre.
“I am so pleased that Fred and his wonderful production could be recognized in a such a way. It will be a lasting tribute to a life dedicated to bringing culture and joy to hundreds of thousands of playgoers,” said Phillips.
Photo, left to right: David Ivers - Festival artistic director, Brian Vaughn - Festival artistic director, R. Scott Phillips - Festival executive director, Fred C. Adams - Festival founder, and Derek Marquis - executive director of BYU Broadcasting.