Tuacahn announces biggest theater season yet
IVINS, Utah — Tuacahn is thrilled to announce that not only is the 2021 Broadway season happening — it’s going to be bigger than ever.
Expanding to feature four outdoor shows and three indoor productions over the course of the year, Tuacahn’s 25th anniversary celebration will truly be something to remember.
The exciting outdoor lineup features Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Annie, both opening in early May in the Tuacahn Amphitheater, along with the The Count of Monte Cristo and School of Rock opening in mid-July.
Inside the Hafen Theatre, three professional productions will take place beginning in February with a tribute to the golden age of rock and roll with the longest running musical revue in Broadway history: Smokey Joe’s Café. Then, during the summer season, step into the air-conditioned comfort of the indoor theater for the jaw dropping talent-filled Million Dollar Quartet. Tuacahn will wrap up the season with the musical version of the popular “you’ll-shoot-your-eye-out” holiday classic, A Christmas Story.
“We are excited to get back and have a great year,” says Scott Anderson, artistic director for Tuacahn. “Theater is such an important part of Southern Utah. I think a lot of people are pulling for us to open up.”
The loyalty of Tuacahn patrons has reached new heights during this pandemic, as evidenced by more than 80 percent of season package holders opting to keep their tickets for the 2021 season rather than asking for a refund.
“It’s amazing when people see what is going on in our community and just step up to help,” Anderson says.
Although there are still several question marks regarding what the health and safety regulations will look like during the 2021 season, Tuacahn officials are confident they can meet the challenges and provide a safe environment where people can get back to celebrating the arts.
“We’re going to prepare for success and hope for the best,” Anderson says.
Renewal packages are on sale now and new season packages go on sale in early November with options for bundling all four outdoor shows, all three indoor shows, or a complete seven-show season package. Log onto www.tuacahn.org or call 435-652-3300 for show dates, ticket pricing and details.
June 25, 2020
Tuacahn Broadway season postponed until 2021
IVINS, Utah — Due to complications brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Tuacahn Center for the Arts has postponed its 2020 Broadway season until 2021.
After carefully examining a myriad of challenges resulting from the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak — and doing our utmost to navigate our way through those challenges — it has become increasingly clear that the best way to serve our Tuacahn patrons and our creative team is to press pause on our previously planned season — and to come back in 2021 stronger and better than ever.
This difficult decision was reached only after extensively exploring a variety of options with the Actors’ Equity Association and local governmental authorities. With the safety and health of all involved at the forefront of our minds, we had hoped our efforts, including moving the opening date for our season to mid-July, would create a pathway to a successful, albeit shortened, season. However, on June 24, we received testing protocols from Actors Equity Association that could not be cost effectively implemented. We also are sensitive to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Utah and across the country. For these reasons, it became clear that we could not move forward with our planned season, and earlier today the Tuacahn Board of Directors made the tough decision to postpone the season to 2021. We appreciate the hard work put into this process by the actors’ union, our local health officials, and so many others. We also are so grateful to our patrons for their patience and understanding. Tuacahn exists for you.
“We are saddened by this news, particularly after doing everything in our power to preserve our season” said Kevin Smith, Tuacahn CEO. “However, we are confident the plans we have for the 2021 season will be worth the wait.”
The Tuacahn fall concerts will proceed as planned beginning with Brian Regan on Oct 26-27. The 2021 outdoor Broadway Season will bring forward the currently planned 2020 productions of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Annie, and The Count of Monte Cristo. Plans are already underway to expand the 2021 season with some exciting surprises to be announced at a later date.
What if I already bought tickets?
If you currently have tickets for any of the 2020 shows, there are several options including:
- Trade your current ticket for a voucher for the same performance next season. This option guarantees your seat at this year’s price and all you need to do is book your new date for 2021 when it’s available.
- Receive the value of your ticket order on a gift certificate that is good for any concert or Broadway show in the next 24 months. This way you don’t have to lock in your plans for next year just yet, and you have credit waiting for you to use at Tuacahn when you are ready.
- Donate the value of your ticket order back to Tuacahn as a tax-deductible gift.
To discuss all of the options available, you can call our friendly Tuacahn box office staff at 435-652-3300 or simply fill out our handy change form at www.tuacahn.org/changes and we will get back to you to confirm your changes.
How can I help?
Throughout this historically difficult year, many patrons have asked how they can continue to support Tuacahn. Such expressions are simply another example of the heartwarming loyalty we have always appreciated from our patrons. If you’d like to stay connected to Tuacahn’s efforts, consider making a donation of any size to Tuacahn Center for the Arts at www.tuacahn.org/donate or call our box office at 435-652-3300.
We hope you will keep in touch with the latest updates on everything happening at Tuacahn by following us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Thank you for your continued support! We look forward to seeing you again soon!
May 1, 2020
Tuacahn season starts July 11
IVINS, Utah — In the spirit of caution and yet with a desire to serve our mission to edify and inspire the human spirit, Tuacahn is moving forward with plans for its 2020 season. With changes, the season proceeds under careful consideration to input from public health officials.
“There isn’t any part of society that hasn’t been impacted by these unprecedented circumstances,” says Scott S. Anderson, artistic director for Tuacahn. “We recognize the shifts we announce today will affect many people and we are striving to minimize the discomfort these adjustments will cause.”
Beginning July 11 Tuacahn’s 25th anniversary year will feature a shortened season including the popular “tale as old as time” in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast along with the swashbuckling story of revenge and redemption in The Count of Monte Cristo opening July 18. These two outdoor shows run through Oct 24 as previously planned. The beloved family musical Annie, a previously planned outdoor production, is now moved to the Indoor Hafen Theatre, running from November 6 through January 2.
“Even with all the uncertainty, we are grateful for the chance to bring these productions to life,” Anderson says. “As long as people are safe, live theater is a great way for people to momentarily escape from the reality of life, to be entertained, and to process different emotions while holding on to hope.”
Two previously scheduled Indoor Hafen Theatre productions, Smokey Joe’s Café and A Christmas Carol have been canceled from the 2020 season. All current tickets for shows affected by these programming changes will be honored with exchange to the new dates or with exchange into another show in this season.
In order to offer the greatest flexibility in purchasing tickets, all exchange fees will be waived for the 2020 season. In addition, Tuacahn’s new flexible purchasing policy allows patrons to buy tickets now to any Broadway show — locking in the best price — and choose their attendance dates later.
Current season package holders will have first access to select their show dates during the month of May and beyond. Non-season package ticket holders can fill out the change request form at www.tuacahn.org/changes. Box office agents will reach out to non-package holders, beginning in June to aid with exchanges.
To support our patrons, artists, volunteers and staff, new health and safety measures are in place. These measures include additional hand sanitizer on site, strategically spaced seating, credit card only payments and more.
For the past 25 years, the best part about Tuacahn is the stories told on stage that create memories for everyone who attends. Don’t miss the opportunity to let Tuacahn’s stories be part of yours once again.
For more information on show dates, ticket pricing and COVID-19 guidelines, log onto www.tuacahn.org or call 435-652-3300.
March 20, 2020
Exciting Tuacahn season will go on, with minor adjustments
IVINS, Utah — With all the questions surrounding Tuacahn’s upcoming concert and theater season related to COVID-19 concerns, we are pleased to announce that the shows will go on, with some changes to the schedule. This means you will still be able to see most of the artists you love, just at a later time.
In order to comply with the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other government entities and in exercising an abundance of caution to maintain the health and safety of the Tuacahn staff and our wonderful patrons, the following changes have been made to Tuacahn’s spring concert schedule and the Broadway Amphitheatre season.
Spring Concert Series
- Most of our concerts and events from March 19 to May 2 have been rescheduled or will be rescheduled, with a few cancellations as outlined below.
* The Magic of Queen — rescheduled for November 12, 2020.
* Elton John’s Greatest Hits Live! — rescheduled for March 13, 2021.
* Unforgettable Fire – Canceled
* Lee Brice — rescheduled for November 7, 2020.
* Professional Bull Riding (PBR) — rescheduled for April 2-3, 2021
* Kristin Chenoweth — rescheduled for May 1, 2021.
* The Oak Ridge Boys — is rescheduled for April 17, 2021.
* The Carpenters Tribute — rescheduled for April 9, 2021.
* Bill Engvall — rescheduled for March 19, 2021.
* Scotty McCreery — rescheduled for April 30, 2021.
* STYX — Canceled
* Frank Wildhorn and Friends — Canceled
* Brian Regan — is rescheduled for Oct 26-27, 2020. These newly rescheduled performances will be recorded for a Netflix special, so you definitely won’t want to miss these new dates!
- We will honor all current concert tickets for the new dates.
Broadway Amphitheatre Season
- Tuacahn’s Broadway Amphitheatre season will delay its start until July 11, 2020. The new performance calendar is available very soon at TUACAHN.ORG/CALENDAR.
We understand these changes will impact many of our patrons and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. For those of you with tickets to affected shows, our friendly box office staff will contact you via email or phone in the coming days.
In order to ensure that Tuacahn Amphitheatre can weather this storm and continue to share stories that uplift, inspire and entertain we need your help.
To stay connected with Tuacahn we are asking patrons to;
- Simply reschedule your tickets. The box office will contact you to reschedule your tickets to another performance of the same show.
- If you’re unsure when you will be able to attend in the future, please accept a gift card valid for any performance in the next 18 months rather than requesting a refund. We will be back with amazing productions and performances soon, and you will be thrilled to get out and enjoy them on a future date.
- If you don’t think you will be able to join us for a future show, please consider turning your unused tickets into a tax-deductible donation to Tuacahn.
- Contribute your support with a tax-deductible donation of any amount at TUACAHN.ORG/DONATE.
Tuacahn will contact patrons directly via email with additional updates and information for changing tickets. We are limiting our onsite staff, so the best way to reach our box office team is by e-mail at [email protected] or by telephone at 435.652.3300.
We appreciate your patience as we all work together to navigate these uncharted waters. Despite these recent setbacks, we are looking forward to a fantastic Broadway season featuring an underlying message of hope with Annie, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and The Count of Monte Cristo in the outdoor Amphitheatre along with Smokey Joe’s Café in the Indoor Hafen Theatre. And if ever there were a time for such a hope-filled theme, this is the perfect year.
Hyrum Smith leaves a legacy epitomizing ‘abundant life’
IVINS, Utah — Author, businessman, motivational speaker and philanthropist Hyrum W. Smith died Nov. 18 after being diagnosed with terminal cancer in July. He leaves behind his wife, Gail, his children and grandchildren, and an incredible legacy that has impacted millions of lives.
“He’s a bigger-than-life kind of guy,” said Kevin Smith, Tuacahn CEO and nephew of Hyrum. “He had a big heart. He’s very enthusiastic, very optimistic.” He was also very philanthropic, donating to a wide range of causes over the course of his life.
Among Hyrum’s many contributions, his generosity and involvement with Tuacahn Center for the Arts is unsurpassed, donating $23 million, without which the theater likely would not exist today.
“It’s probably the single largest contribution to an independent arts organization in the state of Utah,” Kevin Smith said.
Hyrum’s business ventures included founding the Franklin Quest Company in 1981. The company later merged with Steven R. Covey’s organization to form Franklin Covey.
Hyrum earned a name for himself as an expert on leadership principles, time management skills and an emphasis on things that matter most — including the need to share your abundance with others. He called this lifestyle “the abundance mentality.”
“The minute we are able to look into the mirror and honestly say ‘I have sufficient for my needs’ at that point, you are wealthy,” Hyrum said in an interview in 2017. “Why? Because we have enough.”
Hyrum went on to explain that if a person is smart enough or lucky enough to create more than they need, that surplus is “a stewardship that God has given me to do something with that matters.”
It was this mentality that prompted Hyrum and Gail Smith to donate both money and time to keep Tuacahn progressing toward its goals.
In addition to substantial monetary backing, Hyrum served on the Tuacahn board of directors for 25 years, in the position of vice chair during much of that time. “Tuacahn is just one of a number of projects that we believe matters. We think it has changed lives,” Hyrum said. “It’s been a fabulous experience to do that.” One Sept. 27, Utah Governor Gary Herbert declared that date to be known as Tuacahn Day in the state of Utah, as a way to honor Hyrum’s lifelong contributions. “He will be missed. It’s hard to imagine Tuacahn without Hyrum,” Kevin said. Fortunately, his influence will still be felt in a number of ways. Hyrum’s daughter, Stacie Shurtliff, will take Hyrum’s place on the Tuacahn board of directors. In addition, thanks to a generous contribution from Brent Beesley, Jerry Atkin and others, the Hyrum and Gail Smith Tuacahn Legacy Endowment has been established to ensure Tuacahn is able to continue impacting people’s lives for good. “It was Hyrum’s wish that at his passing, in lieu of flowers, people would donate to the endowment,” Kevin said. “He really cared about Tuacahn and wanted it to continue and flourish after he was gone. He cared about it in every way.” The funeral will take place at noon Tuesday, Dec. 3, in the Ivins Stake Center for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There will be a visitation 6-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at Tuacahn Center for the Arts, in the Dance Studio.
If you would like to make a tax deductible contribution to the Hyrum & Gail Smith Tuacahn Legacy Endowment, please log onto tickets.tuacahn.org/legacy-endowment/ or contact Lindsay Garfias at 435-652-3205 or [email protected] to donate.