July 17, 2012
-- The new Utah Opera Festival and Musical Theatre open air "Green Stage" outside Logan's historic Thatcher-Young Mansion (35 W 100 S Logan) will feature "deceptionist"
Richard Hatch in a free 20 minute performance this Friday, July 20th, beginning at 6:50 p.m. Located adjacent to the UFOMT "Café des Artistes" near the southwest exit of the Bullen Center, the Green Stage is a new addition to the UFOMT offerings this year and features free performances each Friday and Saturday night at 6:50 p.m., following the 6:30 p.m. Informance in the Ellen Eccles Theatre and prior to the 7:30 opening of that evening's main stage performance. Hatch's performance precedes Lerner and Loewe's "My Fair Lady" starring Vanessa Ballam as Eliza Doolittle, Michael Ballam as her father Alfred P. Doolittle and Kyle Pfortmiller as Henry Higgins. This Friday's performance also coincides with the popular Cache Valley Center for the Arts Gallery Walk which begins at 6 p.m. Following his "Green Stage" performance, Hatch will open his magic studio in the attic of the Thatcher-Young Mansion for visitors to the Mansion's exhibit of the Utah Watercolor Society's "Small Works" show.
Other upcoming Green Stage performances will feature the following:
July 21 - Trina Lund - An tus' Nua - Irish dance group
July 27 - Sassafras - Folk music
July 28 - Michael Hendricks - String quartet
August 3 - Singing Stars - Children's singing group
August 4 - High School Musical Theater Award Winners
August 10 - The RED Trio
August 11 - Broadway Bound students
Richard Hatch holds two graduate degrees in Physics from Yale University, but finds it easier apparently to violate the laws of nature than to discover them. A childhood interest in magic became a lifelong obsession after he met and was encouraged by the German magician Fredo Raxon in 1970. A full time professional “deceptionist”
since 1983, Richard moved with his wife, violinist Rosemary Kimura, to Houston, Texas in 1985, shortly after winning first place in the annual New England Close Up Magic Competition in Worcester, Massachusetts. For several years he honed his craft entertaining the guests as one of the house magicians at Houston's Magic Island Nightclub before devoting himself exclusively to private and corporate work, traveling internationally on behalf of his clients. Richard and his wife Rosemary moved to Cache Valley in October 2010 and opened the Hatch Academy of Magic and Music in Logan's historic 1878 Thatcher-Young Mansion in January 2011. Richard serves on the board of the Sunshine Terrace Foundation.