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Back to school Tuacahn style

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 2, 2021

IVINS, Utah — It wouldn’t be back-to-school season if there weren’t some kind of sale — and Tuacahn has one that is guaranteed to be more thrilling than backpacks and school clothes.

Get up to 60 percent off performances of School of Rock, The Count of Monte Cristo, and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast taking place Aug. 16 to Sept. 18 using the code BTS21 at www.tuacahn.org

“There is always a lot of excitement around the start of a new school year,” said Stephanie Finck, Tuacahn marketing director. “But there is no school with more energy and enthusiasm than the cast of School of Rock.”

“It is so awesome,” said Sloane Griffith, a 15-year-old student from St. George and School of Rock actress. “Playing with a live band is like nothing else I’ve ever experienced.”

Griffith is one of 17 teenagers taking over Tuacahn in this professional production — four of who play their instruments live on stage. The unbelievably energetic Jonathan Wagner leads the group as the substitute teacher, Dewey Finn, a role made popular by Jack Black in the film version.

“It’s by far the most difficult role I’ve ever had to do in theater,” Wagner said. “All of your lines are screamed. There are no soft scenes for him.”

Featuring the same passion, but channeled in a much more calculated way, The Count of Monte Cristo offers another kind of education, with challenging topics like revenge and justice, love and hope.

“It is such a gift to be able to tell stories in person to an audience,” said Caitlyn Caughell, who plays the role of Mercedes. “There is something so human about live theater that we have all missed.”

Speaking of being “human again,” the cast of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast continues to enchant audiences at Tuacahn with its magical storyline and breathtaking costumes, scenery and lighting design.

“We don’t do anything subtle at Tuacahn,” said Maria Lenn, costume shop manager and one of the geniuses behind Belle’s stunning iconic yellow dress.

From thousands of hand-glued rhinestones on Belle’s dress, to the hand-painted larger-than-life sets, the entire production teaches that with enough effort, a team can accomplish something that is nothing short of “fabulous.”

Use the back-to-school sale code for discounts on all these musicals through Sept. 18. For more information check out www.tuacahn.org or call the box office at 435- 652-3300.

 

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Tuacahn’s ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ is priceless

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 4, 2021

IVINS, Utah — For actor Ben Hale, reprising his role as Johnny Cash in this summer’s Tuacahn production of Million Dollar Quartet is a little like coming home.

A former student of Dixie State University, Hale’s performing career has taken him across the nation to tackle a wide variety of roles, as well as recording his own music in Nashville. But the first time he was cast in the Las Vegas production of Million Dollar Quartet he was surprised by how much his time living with his grandparents in Ivins, Utah during college seemed to influence him.

“My grandpa was always watching all the old classic cowboy movies,” Hale said. “He had this incredible baritone voice. In the morning I wouldn’t even need an alarm clock because his natural speaking voice would just shake the walls.”

Laughing at the memory, Hale added, “It wasn’t that he was being loud, his voice was just so deep.”

It’s a sound audiences will be able to relate to when Hale’s version of Johnny Cash steps up to “Walk the Line” inside the Hafen Theatre at Tuacahn this summer.

A Tony Award winning musical, Million Dollar Quartet is based on a dramatization of the 1956 recording session that included well-known artists Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and, up and comer at the time, Jerry Lee Lewis.

“In rock and roll history it’s one of those amazing moments that happen and is almost mythical,” said Keith Andrews, director for Million Dollar Quartet.

The musical itself has a magical quality as well. After all, it’s hard not to get swept away in the high-energy and nostalgia of so many amazing hits from the names that changed the music industry forever.

“It’s going to be electric,” Andrews said.

For many people — including most of the performers — it’s been more than a year since they’ve seen the curtain rise on a live performance. For Andrews, that absence created a void that can’t be filled in any other way. And for this production, he

expects the anticipation of a return to live theater will make an already exciting show even better.

“A show like Million Dollar Quartet usually rocks the house,” Andrews said. “After this last year... I think they’re going to blow the roof off the place.”

Million Dollar Quartet runs June 18 through Aug. 7 in the indoor Hafen Theatre at Tuacahn. In addition, Tuacahn’s lineup includes Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Annie, School of Rock, The Count of Monte Cristo and A Christmas Story. For show dates, tickets and more information, log onto www.tuacahn.org or call 435-652- 3300.

 

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Share magical moments together and save big with Tuacahn’s season packages

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 6, 2021

IVINS, Utah — Tuacahn is gearing up for its biggest Broadway season ever and right now you can save big on season packages to enjoy all of the 25th anniversary offerings.

Save up to 30 percent and prepare to revel in the magic of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the hope and charm exuding from Annie, the rock and soul of School of Rock The Musical, the adventure of The Count of Monte Cristo, the legendary talent in Million Dollar Quartet and everybody’s favorite nostalgic holiday tale A Christmas Story the Musical.

“These are all family friendly shows, with something that appeals to everybody,” says Scott Anderson, artistic director for Tuacahn.
Depending on which package you choose, season package holders receive a variety of benefits, including complimentary valet parking for outdoor shows, complimentary seat cushion and bottled water, 10 percent discount at the Tuacahn Café and 20 percent discount for most concerts and more.

“It really is the perfect way to enjoy everything we have going on here this year,” Anderson says.
Featuring a highly talented cast selected during the audition process that took place in Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas, Provo, Salt Lake City and St. George back in January 2020, the cast and crew at Tuacahn are taking every precaution to maintain safety and good health during the rehearsal process and performances.

“This is a huge deal that we’ve gotten permission for such a large company show with more traditional staging,” says Shari Jordan, assistant artistic producer for Tuacahn. “The two things that pushed us over the edge were the vaccinations and the fact that the stage is outside.”

Anderson echoes Jordan’s gratitude and enthusiasm for the season.
“We are just so thankful we can be open,” Anderson says. “We know its such a benefit to the local economy and to people who have been aching to return to live professional theater.”

In addition to the safety protocols in place for the cast and crew, patrons are expected to abide by face mask requirements and social spacing indicators throughout the facility. Tuacahn is following enhanced cleaning and sanitizing procedures, including offering hand sanitizing stations throughout the facility and more. For details visit https://www.tuacahn.org/healthandsafety

Season packages for all six shows start at just $208. You can even buy now and select the dates later. Or if you are only interested in the four outdoor shows, or the two indoor productions, there are packages on sale for those too. Check out all the details at https://www.tuacahn.org/sp

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Tuacahn first to open for rehearsals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 3, 2021

IVINS, Utah — After more than a year with little to no access to live theater in any form, Tuacahn is proud to be paving the way as the first large scale regional theater to open for rehearsals.

Beginning March 12, members of the cast and crew officially arrived at the Tuacahn Amphitheatre, bringing an energy and excitement that was almost palpable.
“I went into a costume fitting and it started to feel real and I just started to cry,” Mallory King, who plays Babette in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Lilly in Annie, says of the depth of emotion many of the actors feel.

It’s a reality that would not be possible without the dedication and tenacity of so many of the Tuacahn staff. Their efforts to find ways to create a safe environment that complies with state and local COVID-19 restrictions, as well as meets the requirements put in place by Actors’ Equity Union, are nothing short of heroic. Shari Jordan, assistant artistic producer and casting coordinator, who took the lead on many of these negotiations, says she “literally cried tears of joy” when Tuacahn received the final approval to open the 2021 Broadway season.

“I was relentless,” Jordan says. “I just kept answering their questions as fast as I could and waited to see what would happen.”

One of the reasons Tuacahn is able to open this year is the fact that the stage is outside. That, combined with the strict attention to numerous other safety protocols — including masks, plexiglass dividers and distancing during limited indoor rehearsals, regular COVID-19 tests and vaccinations — have created a space where everyone involved in the productions can feel safe and healthy.

“It’s truly remarkable. It’s something we all hoped would happen,” says Scott Anderson, artistic director for Tuacahn. “We know it’s such a benefit to the local economy and to people who have been aching to return to live professional theater.” Tickets to Tuacahn’s entire 25th anniversary season, including Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Annie, School of Rock the Musical, Million Dollar Quartet and The Count of Monte Cristo are on sale now at www.tuacahn.org or by calling 800-746-9882.

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Save big with Tuacahn's season packages

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 3, 2021

IVINS, Utah — Tuacahn is gearing up for its biggest Broadway season ever and right now you can save big on season packages to enjoy all of the 25th anniversary offerings.

Save up to 30 percent and prepare to revel in the magic of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the hope and charm exuding from Annie, the rock and soul of School of Rock The Musical, the adventure of The Count of Monte Cristo, the legendary talent in Million Dollar Quartet and everybody’s favorite nostalgic holiday tale A Christmas Story the Musical.

“These are all family friendly shows, with something that appeals to everybody,” says Scott Anderson, artistic director for Tuacahn.

Depending on which package you choose, season package holders receive a variety of benefits, including complimentary valet parking for outdoor shows, complimentary seat cushion and bottled water, 10 percent discount at the Tuacahn Café and 20 percent discount for most concerts and more.

“It really is the perfect way to enjoy everything we have going on here this year,” Anderson says.

Featuring a highly talented cast selected during the audition process that took place in Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas, Provo, Salt Lake City and St. George back in January 2020, the cast and crew at Tuacahn are taking every precaution to maintain safety and good health during the rehearsal process and performances.

“This is a huge deal that we’ve gotten permission for such a large company show with more traditional staging,” says Shari Jordan, assistant artistic producer for Tuacahn. “The two things that pushed us over the edge were the vaccinations and the fact that the stage is outside.”

Anderson echoes Jordan’s gratitude and enthusiasm for the season.

“We are just so thankful we can be open,” Anderson says. “We know its such a benefit to the local economy and to people who have been aching to return to live professional theater.”

In addition to the safety protocols in place for the cast and crew, patrons are expected to abide by face mask requirements and social spacing indicators throughout the facility. Tuacahn is following enhanced cleaning and sanitizing procedures, including offering hand sanitizing stations throughout the facility and more. For details visit tuacahn.org/healthandsafety

Season packages for all six shows start at just $208. You can even buy now and select the dates later. Or if you are only interested in the four outdoor shows, or the two indoor productions, there are packages on sale for those too. Check out all the details at tuacahn.org/sp

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Tuacahn spring concerts in full swing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 10, 2021

IVINS, Utah — It’s a glorious time of year in Southern Utah when the weather is perfect, the flowers are in bloom and the spring concert series is in full swing at Tuacahn.

Whether you’re looking for comedy, classic rock or anything in between, Scott Anderson, artistic director for Tuacahn says, this “stellar group of concerts” has you covered.

“We’re just so fortunate to be open,” Anderson says, noting the extensive measures Tuacahn continues to take to ensure the health and safety of everyone who attends.

Now let’s just hope Starship is talking about 2021 when they sing, “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now.”

Free Fallin’ A Tom Petty Concert Experience— 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 20

In a Tuacahn concert season lineup that includes hits from Elton John, comedy from Bill Engvall and death defying rides from the Professional Bull Riders, you won’t want to miss Free Fallin’ A Tribute to Tom Petty taking place Saturday, March 20.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were one of the biggest chart toppers in rock and roll history, so it’s no wonder tribute group Free Fallin’ has been so successful. People love to hear the music that has played such a part in their lives.

Touring the country for more than 12 years, entertaining thousands at festivals, fairs and concerts, Free Fallin’ A Tom Petty Concert Experience features all the best of Tom Petty’s music, as well as the instruments and costumes to recreate a truly authentic Tom Petty experience.

Tickets start at just $19.

Colbie Caillat — 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 26

Get ready to embrace that “Bubbly” springtime feeling when two-time Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat takes the Tuacahn stage Friday, March 26.

Although her fresh, light-hearted breakout hit “Bubbly” is still among the best-selling digital tracks in history, Caillat isn’t shying away from more substantial topics in songs like her platinum-single, “Try” that touches on the hardships women in the music industry face.

With her wide musical repertoire, it’s easy to see why she’s played to sold-out venues around the world and shared the stage with artists from John Mayer to Sheryl Crow.

Check out what she’s singing about now at Tuacahn with tickets starting at just $45.

Starship Featuring Mickey Thomas — 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 27

If you listened to the radio in the ‘80s and ‘90s, you likely heard the soulful and compelling vocals of Mickey Thomas. Now you can hear him and the hits from Starship Featuring Mickey Thomas on stage at Tuacahn, Saturday March 27.

Everything from “We Built This City” to “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” will be ringing through the canyon as fans of this classic rock group revel in the nostalgia of the night.

Tickets start at just $20.

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Spotlight shines on Tuacahn at governor inauguration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 11, 2021

IVINS, Utah — It was a veritable collection of Who’s Who in Utah gathered at the inauguration of Gov. Spencer J. Cox and Lt. Gov. Deidre M. Henderson on Monday, Jan. 4. But the star shining brightest against the sea of dark suits and other business attire was the majestic red rock backdrop of Tuacahn.

“To be part of such a historic moment on the 125th anniversary of the founding of this state was an incredible opportunity for us,” said Kacey Jones, development director for Tuacahn.

Not only was the 125th statehood celebration historic, this was the first time such an event has taken place outside the state’s capital city.

A number of factors played into the decision to move the inauguration to the southern end of the state, not the least of which was the desire to comply with the current COVID-19 safety precautions. An outdoor venue in a warmer climate was the ideal solution — something Stephen and Marcia Wade, co-chairs on the gubernatorial inauguration committee, set in motion several months ago.

“Hosting the inauguration at Tuacahn was only possible through the support of the gubernatorial inaugural commission co-chairs Stephen and Marcia Wade and Jesselie and Scott Anderson,” Jones said.

As the inauguration committee and Tuacahn staff explored the idea, it became clear they were headed in the right direction.

“Our facilities are uniquely equipped to handle this exact kind of event,” said Kevin Smith, Tuacahn CEO.

With only 550 attendees scattered among the 2,200-seat amphitheater, social spacing was not a problem. Other COVID-19 mitigation protocols were strictly adhered to throughout the event, including wristbands issued to each attendee upon proof of a negative COVID test, and all attendees wore masks.

The location also allowed Gov. Cox to show his continued commitment to being governor of the whole state.

While Lt. Gov. Henderson’s remarks focused heavily on the “bold actions” and pathways blazed by women, Gov. Cox’s speech included several anecdotes about the early days of Tuacahn itself and the growth in this part of the state, among other things.

Hosting the event at Tuacahn offered the opportunity for many from across the state, and beyond, who have not previously visited Tuacahn to see for themselves all the beauty and amenities this campus has to offer. Moving forward, Tuacahn officials hope that awareness of this desert rose will continue to grow.

“When you have the Wall Street Journal tweeting about your location, that’s a good thing,” Jones said, adding that she hopes even more people will become aware of this unique location as “the only theater that stands at the intersection of public lands and the arts.”

Smith said he knows this event — and all the other things happening at Tuacahn — would not be possible without help from patrons and government officials.

“We are so grateful for the support we’ve been given by our state and local government during the pandemic, with funding from the CARES Act in particular,” Smith said. “We need places like Tuacahn in our state that bring people from outside the state to enjoy what we have.”

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Tuacahn to postpone ‘Smokey Joe’s Café’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 21, 2020

IVINS, Utah — After much consideration, Tuacahn officials have decided to postpone the production of Smokey Joe’s Café until Spring 2022.  The show was originally scheduled to open in March 2021.

After searching for a solution in which this performance could be safely produced, it became clear that with the rising COVID-19 cases and rehearsals set to start in February, the safest, most responsible option was to postpone until 2022.

“The safety of our cast, crew and patrons is always the highest priority,” says Kevin Smith, Tuacahn CEO. “We look forward to the time when we can present this high-quality, professional production to the community. Unfortunately, it will have to wait for more favorable circumstances.”

Some may wonder if this postponement will trigger additional changes to the 2021 season, but with the first waves of the COVID-19 vaccine rolling out, Tuacahn officials are confident that the rest of the season will proceed as planned.

“This is still going to be our biggest Broadway season ever,” Smith says. “We know people are anxious to be back at Tuacahn and no one is more anxious to bring that to fruition than we are; but we have to do it safely.”

Anyone currently holding tickets to Smokey Joe’s Café will be given the value of the tickets on a gift certificate that will be valid for up to two years. The gift certificate can be used for Smokey Joe’s tickets in 2022, or toward season packages or any other ticket purchases at Tuacahn. Or, if necessary, patrons can receive a full refund.

Please contact the box office at (800) 746-9882 Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. if you have any questions.

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Tuacahn season package savings start now

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 11, 2020

IVINS, Utah — There has never been a better time to purchase your Tuacahn 2021 season packages thanks to Black Friday deals — and you don’t even have to wait until Black Friday.

Now through Nov. 30, get the best price on Season Packages for Tuacahn’s biggest season ever! Featuring seven Broadway-quality productions — including Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Annie, The Count of Monte Cristo and School of Rock in the outdoor amphitheater, and Smokey Joe’s Café, Million Dollar Quartet and A Christmas Story in the indoor Hafen Theatre. You won’t want to a minute of Tuacahn’s 25th anniversary celebration.

Complete Season Package — includes tickets to all seven outdoor and indoor theater productions starting at $214. That’s up to 40 percent off of regular price tickets. Plus, when you purchase the complete season package you get:

  • 10 percent off at the Tuacahn Café
  • 20% off most concert tickets
  • Free seat cushion rental and bottled water at your seat (Premium Packages)
  • One free date exchange per show
  • Early access to seat selection before tickets go on sale to the general public

Outdoor Show Package — includes tickets to all four outdoor productions starting at just $80. That’s up to 35 percent off regular tickets.

Indoor Show Package — includes tickets to all three indoor productions starting at just $75. Save up to 35 percent on all three shows. 

Season package holders can choose to book seats now ahead of the crowds. Or give Tuacahn’s season packages as the perfect gift — and let the recipient choose their dates whenever they’re ready.

For more information on any of Tuacahn’s Broadway productions, concert lineup or health and safety precautions, call the box office at 435-652-3300.

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Tuacahn announces biggest theater season yet

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October, 2020

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.

 

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Fall concert series welcomes audiences back to Tuacahn

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 9, 2020

IVINS, Utah — For everyone who has been missing the sound of music reverberating off southern Utah’s majestic red rock canyons, Tuacahn is back with a fall concert lineup that is nothing short of fantastic.

Kicking off with the ultimate Beatles tribute on Sept. 25, The Fab Four transports audiences from the chaos of 2020 to a time when someone saying I Want to Hold Your Hand or the idea of everyone living in a Yellow Submarine didn’t immediately elicit questions about social distancing.

“It’s going to be a wonderful way to kick off the reopening of Tuacahn,” says Kevin Smith, Tuacahn CEO. “We can’t wait to see people enjoying themselves, while still staying safe and healthy.”

Tuacahn’s enhanced health and safety protocols include enhanced cleaning and sanitizing procedures, required facemasks for all in attendance and all employees, hand sanitizing stations throughout the facility, additional entrance and exit points to reduce gathering on the plaza and social spacing indicators throughout the common areas.

The Tuacahn fall concert series is bigger than ever, featuring 10 talented acts spread between September and November, wrapping up just in time for the annual Christmas in the Canyon event and a fabulous Christmas concert to be announced soon. Check out details on each of the concerts below, and for tickets and other information, log onto www.tuacahn.org

 

The Fab Four — The Ultimate Tribute

8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25

Earning its place as one of the popular tribute bands performing at Tuacahn this fall, The Fab Four is known for its uncanny renditions of Beatles classics and its extreme attention to detail. From multiple costume changes that represent the many stages of the Beatles’ career, to the care with which these musicians present this iconic music, it’s no wonder Emmy Award Winning Fab Four has earned worldwide accolades and scores of fans.

Come see for yourself when The Fab Four take the stage at Tuacahn at 8 p.m. Sept. 25. Tickets start at just $22. For more information log onto www.tuacahn.org

 

Hotel California — A Salute to the Eagles

7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 2 and 3

It’s time for a trip down a dark desert highway where Eagles fans will love the chance to feel the wind in their hair and check into Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles. As the only group officially authorized to perform the Eagles’ catalog of music, Hotel California’s Tuacahn concert is the place you will want to check into and never leave.

Tickets start at just $22. For more information log onto www.tuacahn.org

 

ABBAmania — The Magic and Music of ABBA

7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9 and 10

Performing more than 200 shows each year since 1999, ABBAmania’s recreation of ABBA live in concert is the most authentic ABBA production you’ll ever hear. From Waterloo to Dancing Queen you can revel in the hits that have withstood the test of time — the ones that still make you want to get up and dance. Tickets start at just $22 and can be purchased at www.tuacahn.org

 

Stayin’ Alive — One Night of the Bee Gees

7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16

Rocking the canyon with the smooth tones of Night Fever, To Love Somebody and more, Stayin’ Alive brings all the sights and sounds of the Bee Gees to life for one night only at Tuacahn. Tickets start at just $22. Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in a tribute to this iconic band. For more details log onto www.tuacahn.org

 

Brian Regan

7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 23 and 24

When life is crazy, sometimes the only thing you can do is laugh. And laughing is exactly what you’ll be doing during Brian Regan’s impeccable and hilarious comedy show taking place on two nights at Tuacahn. Tickets start at $55 and can be purchased at www.tuacahn.org

 

Thriller

7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Oct. 27-31

It’s the Halloween tradition you simply don’t want to miss when Odyssey Dance Theatre presents Thriller on five nights this fall at Tuacahn. This year’s production will feature all the favorites from the past, including The Curse of the Mummy, Jason Jam, The Lost Boys and more, as well as some new surprises. When it comes to this tongue-in-cheek humorous approach to this ghoulish holiday, get ready to laugh, and scream, at Thriller. Tickets start at $21 online at www.tuacahn.org

 

The Beach Boys

7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 5 and 6

With more albums and hits than most artists dare to dream about, the iconic and influential sound of The Beach Boys is once again gracing the stage of Tuacahn by way of original band member Mike Love and longtime band mate Bruce Johnston. Whether it’s the longing lyrics of Wouldn’t It Be Nice or the relaxing undertones of Kokomo, The Beach Boys’ music is as popular as it is profound; the perfect way to relax beneath the stars and the shadow of Tuacahn’s red rock canyon. Tickets start at $45. Log onto www.tuacahn.org for details.

 

Lee Brice

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7

Grammy and Country Music Award nominee and Academy of Country Music Awards winner, family man Lee Brice is excited to take the stage at Tuacahn as part of the fall concert lineup. With six radio singles making their way to No. 1, you’ll love hearing Lee Brice’s country twang crooning through the crisp fall air at Tuacahn on Nov. 7. Tickets start at just $45. For more information and tickets head to www.tuacahn.org

 

The Magic of Queen

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12

Returning to Tuacahn after successfully showcasing the music of Zeppelin and British Rock Royalty, vocalist and producer Brody Dolyniuk is back, this time sharing The Magic of Queen. From Bohemian Rhapsody to We Will Rock You there is certainly a strong catalog of music from which to draw as Dolyniuk puts on a show that is sure to thrill. Tickets start at $25. For more information go to www.tuacahn.org

 

David Archuleta

7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13 and 14

Rounding out this year’s fall concert lineup, David Archuleta is back in a concert that is likely to showcase some of his classic hits like Crush alongside some newer pieces he’s been working on including Paralyzed and more. Tickets start at $39 at www.tuacahn.org

 

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Tuacahn Broadway season postponed until 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 25, 2020

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!

 

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Tuacahn season package savings start now

IVINS, Utah — There has never been a better time to purchase your Tuacahn 2021 season packages thanks to Black Friday deals — and you don’t even have to wait until Black Friday.

Now through Nov. 30, get the best price on Season Packages for Tuacahn’s biggest season ever! Featuring seven Broadway-quality productions — including Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Annie, The Count of Monte Cristo and School of Rock in the outdoor amphitheater, and Smokey Joe’s Café, Million Dollar Quartet and A Christmas Story in the indoor Hafen Theatre. You won’t want to a minute of Tuacahn’s 25th anniversary celebration.

Complete Season Package — includes tickets to all seven outdoor and indoor theater productions starting at $214. That’s up to 40 percent off of regular price tickets. Plus, when you purchase the complete season package you get:

* 10 percent off at the Tuacahn Café
* 20% off most concert tickets
* Free seat cushion rental and bottled water at your seat (Premium Packages)
* One free date exchange per show
* Early access to seat selection before tickets go on sale to the general public

Outdoor Show Package — includes tickets to all four outdoor productions starting at just $80. That’s up to 35 percent off regular tickets.

Indoor Show Package — includes tickets to all three indoor productions starting at just $75. Save up to 35 percent on all three shows. 

Season package holders can choose to book seats now ahead of the crowds. Or give Tuacahn’s season packages as the perfect gift — and let the recipient choose their dates whenever they’re ready.

For more information on any of Tuacahn’s Broadway productions, concert lineup or health and safety precautions, click here.


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.