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Live Theater in Utah? A Fine Example is Tuachan near St. George.

June 5th, 2013 by BBIU

At the recent Utah Tourism Conference, it was noted that statistics indicate that Utah has more live theater per capita than anywhere else in the U.S. A fine example of Utah live theater is at the Tuachan Amphitheater in Ivins, UT, just northwest of St. George.Tuachan Amohitheater and Center for the Performing Arts in Ivins, UT
The Mission Statement for the organizations states: “Tuacahn Center For the Arts is a professional non-profit presenting and producing organization that inspires creativity and greatness in the human spirit by providing world class family entertainment and education.”  The Season runs from Memorial Day through October, with a special Holiday production.
A look at a bit of history tells that at the turn of the 20th century Orval Hafen found the 80 acre parcel in a box canyon situated at the base of Padre Canyon in Southwestern Utah, near St. George and built a cabin below the towering red rocks. In 1993 Doug Stewart, noted playwright and St. George resident, found that 80 acre parcel, and thought it was perfect for the development of an amphitheater.
The site was the original home of the musical UTAH! with a 1920 seat amphitheater. Tuachan Amphitheater and Center for the Arts has morphed into a full performance facility with 42,000 square feet featuring the amphitheater and a 330 seat indoor theater, a dance studio, a black-box theater, a recital hall, a costume shop and scene shop, studios and classrooms, and a gift shop.
Branching out from hosting just the original UTAH! production, presentations have expanded to include “Broadway” shows plus numerous concerts each year. Education has become an important aspect to the organization with the development of the Tuachan High School for Performing Arts
The 2013 Season will include Mary Poppins, Starlight Express, Thoroughly Modern Mille, Disney’s Mulan, and Elf, the Musical. Concerts include Thriller, The Fab Four, Jim Brickman, Heart, and Hotel California. The production of Mulan is the result of a new affiliation with Disney Theater and is the first Premier in any regional theatre. A pre-show dinner on the plaza prior to some shows completes the evening.
Box Office 800-746-9882 435-652-3300.
When visiting Tuachan, make it a real getaway by including at stay at a Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah member inn. The Green Gate Historic Village and Seven Wives Inn in St. George are just a short drive from Ivins. Ask your innkeeper for “locals tips” of what to see and do. They may even share their own favorites…

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