I started my career in the performing arts at the age of 12 as a professional actor. I really enjoyed the creative process and found I wanted to be involved in the performing arts even when I wasn’t on stage or in front of a camera. I found ways to get involved in all of my high school productions and took this love of theatre to the University of Utah. In 2008, I co-founded South Jordan Community Theatre with Toni Butler. We have been dedicated to bringing audiences quality theatrical productions ever since.
My first introduction to Steven Sondheim was through the musical West Side Story. In my early college days I discovered Sweeny Todd, which ranks as one of my all time favorite musicals. I love the way Sondheim takes stereotypes and imbues them with complex character traits. Into the Woods is a fine example of Sondheim’s genius. He asks his audiences to look at their perceptions of life and in the case of Into the Woods, the pursuit of “happily ever after.” This incredibly fun and poignant musical allows us examine our dreams through nearly every fairytale we were familiar with as children. However, in the often-misunderstood second act, also lets us play with the notion, ‘what happens after our dreams come true.’
South Jordan Community Theatre audiences and performers alike have asked us to produce this musical. I was incredibly excited when we added it to our season and ecstatic when I was asked to direct. We have seated an incredible production team for this production including the return of Michelle Willis to the orchestra pit and as the musical director. It has been fun to hear the buzz around Into the Woods in our theatre community. I am so excited to get this production off the ground. It has been a dream come true… and I am ready for what comes next.
See you at auditions!
~Kevin Dudley, Director of Into the Woods at SJCT