Museum Theater at NHMU

Extreme Plants Traveling Sideshow
Oct 2016 - April 2017
 
Project Manager, Writer, Director
Paulmichael Maxfield (NHMU)
 
Performers
Eb Madson (Professional Actor)
Becky Hunt Cole (Professional Actor)
Call Vande Veegaete (University of Utah's Department of Theater)
Savannah Moffat (University of Utah's Department of Theater)
Jacob Weitlauf (University of Utah's Department of Theater)
Mark Macey (University of Utah's Department of Theater)
 
Costume & Props Design
Shavauna Peterson (NHMU)
Cherylene Rosenvall
 
Set Design
Tim Lee (NHMU)
 
Sound Design
Shavauna Peterson (NHMU)
 
Content Advisors
Phyllis Coley (University of Utah's Department of Biology)
Thomas Kursar (University of Utah's Department of Biology)
Lisa Thompson (NHMU)
Matt Levi Whittaker (NHMU)
Colleen McLaughlin (NHMU)
 
Acting Advisor
David Christopher Duval (University of Utah's Department of Theater)
 
Project Evaluator
Kari Nelson

Poison Live!
Oct 2016 - April 2017
 
Poison Live! is 12-minute theatrical and multimedia show that tells a dramatic story about the beginnings of toxicology.  The show recalls the true story of a 19th century murder mystery. Following the rapid demise of farmer George Bodle in 1833, a doctor and a chemist team up to investigate the suspicious circumstances that surrounded his death. Their investigation was one of the first to use forensic evidence and would later be recognized as the foundation of the science of poison: toxicology. 
 
Project Manager, Director
Paulmichael Maxfield (NHMU)
 
Orginal Script
American Museum of Natural History
 
Adapted Script
Paulmichael Maxfield (NHMU)
Colleen McLaughlin (NHMU)
 
Performers
Camie Lynn Jones (University of Utah's Department of Theater)
Victoria Russell (University of Utah's Department of Chemistry)
Mary Heers (NHMU Volunteer)
Eb Madson (Professional Actor)
Becky Hunt Cole (Professional Actor)
Call Vande Veegaete (University of Utah's Department of Theater)
Savannah Moffat (University of Utah's Department of Theater)
Jacob Weitlauf (University of Utah's Department of Theater)
Mark Macey (University of Utah's Department of Theater)
 
Costume, Props, & Set Design
American Museum of Natural History

Chocolate Tasting Program
Feb 2014 - June 2014
 
Taste different kinds of chocolate, learn about the process of making chocolate, and discover Utah's amazing chocolate scene.
 
Project Manager, Writer, Director
Paulmichael Maxfield (NHMU)
 
Content Advisor
Vanessa Chang
 
Performers
Napsugar Hegedus (University of Utah's Department of Theater)
Stewart Fullerton (University of Utah's Department of Theater)
Leysan Jones (University of Utah's Department of Theater)
Leah Cooper (NHMU)
Gretel Tam
 
 
 

Dancing a Revolution
Jan 2013 - April 2013
 
Innovate.  Collaborate.  Create!:  Join students from the University of Utah's Department of Modern Dance to create an original, one-of-a-kind dance performance inspired by the baskets in Weaving a Revolution. Like the basket weavers, you can think up new ideas, share them, and work together with others to invent a new work of art.
 
Project Manager, Writer, Director
Paulmichael Maxfield (NHMU)
 
Performers
Florian Alberge (University of Utah's Department of Modern Dance)
Emma Wilson (University of Utah's Department of Modern Dance)
Melissa Wiseman (University of Utah's Department of Modern Dance)
Holly Martin (University of Utah's Department of Modern Dance)
Tracey Ly (University of Utah's Department of Modern Dance)
Meagan Bertelsen (University of Utah's Department of Modern Dance)
Laura Brick (University of Utah's Department of Modern Dance)
Lisa Shen (University of Utah's Department of Modern Dance)
Jessica Liu (University of Utah's Department of Modern Dance)
Laura Gumbrecht (University of Utah's Department of Modern Dance)
 
Musician
Wachira Stone
 
Dance Advisors
Shaun Boyle (University of Utah's Department of Modern Dance)
Juan Carlos Claudio (University of Utah's Department of Modern Dance)

Brine Fly Bill
Jan 2012 - March 2012
 
The Natural History Museum of Utah's debut theater piece explores the ecology of the Great Salt Lake; a truly unique, iconic, and often misunderstood Utah landmark. The star of this new show is Brine Fly Bill, a comically-crusty character from the lake who loves to explain it's characteristics and the forces that act upon it.
 
Project Manager, Writer, Director
Paulmichael Maxfield (NHMU)
 
Performers
Andy Ricci (University of Utah's Department of Theater)
Cameron Tyrrell (University of Utah's Department of Theater)
 
Acting Advisor
Sandra Shotwell (University of Utah's Department of Theater)
 
Costume Designer
Misty Reubens Meyers
 
Content Advisors
Jaimi Butler (Westminster College's Great Salt Lake Institute)

The Dino Show: Live from Laramidia
Dec 2009 - Dec 2010
 
Get ready for horns, frills, and roars when you meet our 10-foot-long ceratopsian dinosaur.  Help us recreate the swampy Late Cretaceous environment of Laramidia to make our dinosaur feel at home during our new museum theater performance.
 
Project Manager, Writer, Director
Paulmichael Maxfield (NHMU)
Lisa Thompson (NHMU)
 
Performers:
Gabi Gaston (University of Utah's Department of Theater)
John Terry (University of Utah's Department of Theater)
Ryan (University of Utah's Department of Theater)
 
Puppetry & Movement Advisor
Jerry Gardner (University of Utah's Department of Theater)
 
Puppet Designer
Brandon Kirkham
 
Content Advisor
Randall Irmis (NHMU's Paleontology)

The Recipe For Life
June 2008 - Oct 2008
 
Join Chef Dante Nunzio Aldente on his 10-minute cooking quest to genetically engineer a fish.
 
Project Manager, Writer, Director, Performer
Paulmichael Maxfield (NHMU)

Hipper and Hopper: Two Toadally Awesome Frogs
Feb 2009 - Sept 2009
 
That’s right!  They’re back and greener than ever!  Hipper and Hopper are two toadally awesome frogs with a story to tell about frogs and threats to their survival.  Their energetic performance, filled with froggy humor, is sure to keep you hoppin’.
 
Writer: Margo Andrews (University of Utah's Department of Theater)
Director: Paulmichael Maxfield (NHMU)
Costume Designer: Shannon McCullock (University of Utah's Department of Theater)
Performers: Gabi Gaston, Andrew Rindlisbach, Alejandro Stephenberg, Steph ?  (University of Utah's Department of Theater)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Sands of Time
March 2008 - May 2008
 
Writer
Indianapolis Children's Museum
 
Director
Margo Andrews (University of Utah's Department of Theater)
 
Performers
Summer Spence (University of Utah's Department of Theater)
Aaron Spencer (University of Utah's Department of Theater)
 
Costume Designer
Shannon McCullock (University of Utah's Department of Theater)
 
Content Advisors
Bucky Gates (NHMU's Paleontology)
Mike Getty (NHMU's Paleontology)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hipper and Hopper: Two Toadally Awesome Frogs
June 2007 - Sept 2007
 
Now appearing at the Utah Museum of Natural History with a story to tell about frogs and the amazing things they do!
 
Writer & Director
Margo Andrews (University of Utah's Department of Theater)
 
Performers
Gabi Gaston University of Utah's Department of Theater)
Eb Madson (University of Utah's Department of Theater)
 
Costume Designer
Shannon McCullock (University of Utah's Department of Theater)
 
Evaluator
Patty McNamara
 
 
 
 

Phun With Physics
Current
 
Live physics demos like you have never seen before! What do balloons, bicycle wheels, liquid nitrogen, flowers and a vacuum pump have in common? Ask our Phun with Physics scientists, Patrick Wiggins, Tori Spratling, and Jayceen Craven from the University of Utah's Department of Physics & Astronomy.  Their energetic and interactive live physics demonstration will reveal science at work to both kids and adults.
 
Performers
Patrick Wiggins (University of Utah's Department of Physics & Astronomy)
Tori Sprattling (University of Utah's Department of Physics & Astronomy)
Jayceen Craven (University of Utah's Department of Physics & Astronomy)