Outside Echo Theatre's new space. Photo by Jeffrey Blake.
The old Carnegie Building, which was the Provo Library for a time, is now home to Echo Theatre. The independent theater just opened its first show in its new building (15 N. 100 East, Provo) this month.
The theater is owned and run by Julianna Blake, her husband, Jeff, and her brother, Matthew Boulter. Blake says the seeds of the theater were sown a long time ago, as she and her brother always thought about doing something with music, movies and theater.
While the Blakes were engaged, Jeff wanted to produce a play, but venue after venue fell through. So, they decided to just get a place themselves, and a found a building to start the theater a week after their honeymoon.
“We are completely independent,” Blake says. “It’s all just done with volunteers. All the money we make just goes back into the theater.”
The original building sufficed, but the owners decided they needed to either put some work into repairs or find a new place. They chose the latter—hence the recent relocation.
Anyone brave enough to step on stage can audition for the theater's plays. “When we started the theater, we had a mission statement that we try to hold true to that everyone can create,” Blake says. “They just need to the place and the opportunity.”
Echo Theatre puts on a wide range of plays, from “Pygmalian” to “It’s a Wonderful Life” to “Into the Woods” to “Macbeth.”
“We do things that might stretch the community’s tastes but also some favorites,” Blake says.
The theater's latest play, "The Woman in Black." Pictured are Joseph Skousen and Julianna Blake. Photo by Nick Stone.
Right now, they’re putting on “The Woman in Black” through Nov. 2, every night except Sunday, at 7:30 p.m. Only two main characters (and the woman in black) act out the eerie play that is sure to send a shiver or two through your body.
“I think we’ve got some very talented people in the cast,” Blake says. “It’s essentially a two-man production and they create an entire world with it.”
Single tickets are $10–$12 (seats are first come, first served) and season passes range from $40–$70. Tickets can be purchased by calling 801-358-6623 or clicking here.