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Jul 9 - Aug 6, 2016
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Jul 7 - Aug 6, 2016
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Jul 8 - Aug 5, 2016
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Jul 6 - Aug 5, 2016
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Jun 24 - Aug 4, 2016
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Jul 9, 2016
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Jul 13 & 27, 2016
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Jul 22 & 30, 2016
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Jul 23, 2016
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Jul 27, 2016
BACH MASS IN B MINOR
Aug 2, 2016
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VANESSA BALLAM

MAGNOLIA HAWKS, SHOW BOAT
MOTHER, RAGTIME
DIRECTOR, PETER PAN

Having performed professionally around the country for the past eighteen years, Vanessa is overjoyed to be returning to UFOMT this season. Vanessa spent three years as a Resident Actor at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in California where she oversaw the first year acting program. In addition to UFOMT, Vanessa has graced the stage of such companies as Anchorage Opera, Theatre Under the Stars, PCPA Theatrefest, The Utah Shakespeare Festival, Pennsylvania Shakespeare, Music Theatre West, and the Old Lyric Repertory Company. Favorite roles include Eliza in My Fair Lady; Lilli Vanessi in Kiss Me, Kate; Desdemona in Othello; Maria in The Sound of Music; Marian in The Music Man; Peg in Peg O' My Heart; Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical the Musical; and Gwendolen in The Importance of Being Earnest. A former Miss Utah, Vanessa was honored with the Bert Parks talent award while at the Miss America Pageant. Vanessa received her B.A. and B.F.A. from Utah State University and her M.F.A. in acting from Indiana University. Off the stage, Vanessa currently serves as the head of the Acting Program at Idaho State University, the Education Director for UFOMT, wife to actor Stefan Espinosa and mommy to Sebastian.

 
 
PAST UFOMT SEASONS |

 
2014 Fantine, Les Misérables
Princess Margaret, The Student Prince
2013 Narrator, Joseph...Dreamcoat
Tzeitel, Fiddler on the Roof
2012 Eliza Doolittle, My Fair Lady
Lilli / Kate, Kiss Me, Kate
2010 Sarah Brown, Guys & Dolls
Maria, The Sound of Music
2009 Guenevere, Camelot
Yum-Yum, The Mikado
2003 Chava, Fiddler on the Roof
1994 Mimi, Fanny
 
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