Neil Simon Festival 2017

It’s considered a bit of a fluke that the world’s first and only professional theater company dedicated to honoring the works of America’s comic playwright, screenwriter and author Neil Simon is held in Cedar City, Utah. Simon has written more than thirty plays and nearly the same number of movie screenplays, mostly adaptations of his works and has received more combined Oscar and Tony nominations than any other writer, but – as far as we know – he has yet to visit Cedar City.

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Anes Does Shakespeare’s Long First Play

The regional premiere of the highly imaginative, vaudeville-infused William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (Abridged) tells the marginally-true (well, actually not true at all) story of what is claimed to be a long lost manuscript of William Shakespeare’s first play.  Playing on alternating days from July 28 to October 21, this fast, funny and frenzied performance finds a trio of comic actors using their questionable knowledge of The Bard and their street sense to do the convincing.  Audiences in the Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theater on the campus of Southern Utah University will be delighted with this show’s unadulterated hilarity.

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Randal L. Jones Gift to the Utah Shakespearean Festival

The 770-seat Randall L. Jones Theatre in Cedar City, Utah opened in June 1989, as a state-of-the-art indoor venue to enhance the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s ability to present world-class stage performances beyond those of The Bard.  Nationally recognized for its architectural beauty, the Randall L. Jones Theater on the campus of Southern Utah University, provides professional repertory theater in a small town setting.

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Managing Our Most Valuable Resource

The most important resource here in our high desert community is water although, it seems, there is always too much or too little!  Conservation is a constant topic for discussion among local leaders concerned how a long hot summer during a dry year should be handled or how to plan for water needs here in the nation’s 6th fastest growing community when the population – at its current rate of growth – is expected to see 75,000 – 90,000 new residents in the next 5-8 years.

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Outdoor Sculpture Adds to the St. George Lifestyle

The Art Around the Corner Foundation in St. George, UT is dedicated to supporting the arts, enhancing the community’s lifestyle through art; and, displaying fine art on nearly every street corner in historic downtown St. George.  This organization – which has changed names a few times since its formation in 1988 – was a driving force in restoring the long-abandoned St. George Opera House to its former glory, building the St. George Art Museum and Social Hall in the Pioneer Center for the Arts complex on the corner of  Main Street and 200 North.

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Camels in the Southern Utah Desert

Camels and the desert go together like, well, camels and the desert!  But who would have expected camels in Southern Utah where THIS desert and THIS species are hardly synonymous!  Still, if you have never been up close and personal with or ridden a camel – even if you have – the Camel Safari attraction in nearby Mesquite, NV is certain to be an experience you’ll not soon forget.  In addition to other activities, you can take a camel ride through the Nevada desert (led by a camel safari handler) with a tour of the ranch and the chance to meet “your” camel before you ride.  There is also a camel encounter where you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about these amazing mammals with long legs, a big-lipped snout and a humped back.  The one-hour event features cultural and historical information, including anatomy, personality and training.  There will also be a chance to feed, pet and bottle feed a baby camel, when available.

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What Women Want Expo

Finally …. a definitive answer to the question of what women really want!  The 13th Annual What Women Want Expo on Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3 – the largest consumer show in Southern Utah and the ultimate girls-night-out – is a guaranteed enjoyable shopping experience.

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Fabrics, Photographs & Art

From April 29 to August 16, 2017, the St. George Art Museum at 47 E. 200 North will recognize our community’s very own outstanding artist groups as one of the museum’s Twenty (events) for 20 (years of operation) Celebration. No matter your favorite medium, you are certain to find the kind of art to make you oooooh and aaaaah with delight! You’ll see some of the best and brightest works from members of the Southern Utah Art Guild, the Dixie Watercolor Society, Color Country Camera Club, the Dixie Quilt Guild and the Painted Hills Fiber Artists.

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Tuacahn Presents “Newsies”


Not quite as well known as other Disney blockbusters like “Beauty and the Beast,” “Little Mermaid,” or “Cinderella,” Tuacahn’s version of “Newsies” begins Friday, June 2 playing on alternating nights through Wednesday, October 18. This show will have you wanting to break out your tap shoes. On the Broadway stage “Newsies” received 23 major theatrical nominations – including eight Tony Award nods – and won Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Score and Choreography. There are no Disney princesses in this one, and you may not yet be able to sing along to some of the musical score, but this show is likely to become one of your favorites.

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