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I like FREE … you like FREE … seriously, who doesn’t like FREE? FREE to the public, including vacationers looking for something fun to do, is the Monday Matinee at the Electric Theater at 68 E. Tabernacle Street in downtown St. George. Each show, which begins at 1:30 p.m. (doors open at 1 p.m.) is sponsored by Precision Hearing, who has also invited Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah and the Habitat ReStore to be present to share information about their non-profit organization.

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the tavern

The world premiere of “The Tavern,” a satirical comedy written by the 1930’s most famous song and dance man, George M. Cohan and adapted by Joseph Hanreddy, is certain to be a memorable evening of fun, laughter and edge-of-the-seat anticipation.  The story line tells of the happenings on “one dark and stormy night when a wild wind blows all sorts of oddball characters into a remote Utah tavern—a mysterious vagabond, a damsel in distress, a politician, his daughter, and her fiancé. A thief is on the loose, suspicions abound, and no one is who they seem! Everyone tries to solve the crime, which only multiplies the laughter as this melodramatic farce rolls to its madcap ending.”

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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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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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DOCUtah, a Southern Utah International Film Festival in its 7th year on and near the campus of Dixie State University, is an independent film-lovers dream!  To select this year’s menu of outstanding festival films, screeners spent several months viewing more than 400 submissions before selecting 62 to run from September 6 – 10, including everything from top-notch educational and entertaining short films to full-length independent movies, each focusing on a wide range of subjects relating to the human experience.  

Playing at a variety of locations around town, films selected for DOCUtah look deeply at current world events, explore quirky habits of interesting men and women; or, look at the resiliency of the human spirit in overcoming hardship as well as life’s social, emotional, or physical difficulties.

This year, according to event organizers, “the festival also includes five additional special screenings of films from the award-winning Independent Film Channel’s series Documentary Now!, hosted by the legendary Helen Mirren.”

According to former football great Phil Tuckett, now DOCUTAH’s Artistic Director and Director of the DSU Film Program, “A small group of individuals went to work to create the inaugural event in September of 2010. Since then we’ve had more than 1,100 films submitted from 70 plus countries and enjoyed meeting many wonderful filmmakers and protagonists. DOCUTAH welcomes the world and at the same time captures the community of Southern Utah and Southern Nevada. DOCUTAH isn’t just a film festival…it’s a five day party with every event not to be missed.”

If you enjoy “a night at the movies” this is certain to be a pleasurable experience to add to your Southern Utah vacation “to do” list.  If a comfortable, affordable vacation home-away-from-home is also on your list, then register today online at St. George Resort Rentals at stgeorgeresortrentals.com  or at laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums.   We can’t wait to meet you … or welcome you back!

Neil Simon Festival

The 14th annual Neil Simon Festival season of outstanding theater will feature some of the most popular – and a few lesser known – works of the famous playwright.  The shows play from July 11 – August 13 in Cedar City, an easy 50-mile drive north of St. George on the I-15 freeway.

This year’s playbill includes Brighton Beach Memoirs and London Suite, two of Simon’s funniest and best known works;  On Golden Pond by Ernest Thompson; and, Hank Williams: Lost Highway by Randal Myler and Mark Harelik.  This season will kick off with a Preview Night Benefit Show on July 5 showing off the extraordinary talents of our cast and giving the audience a taste of the great performances to come each Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the 14th festival season.  You can also enjoy a one-night only new play reading on July 29 and Fireside in Zarahemla, a delightful Sunday night variety show, on July 17, 24, 31 and August 7, featuring singers, bands and the spoken word (rated G).  For more information or to purchase tickets, see www.simonfest.org.

If you’re vacationing in St. George in July or August, we’re pretty darned certain you’re going to want to escape the Dixie sunshine to spend a beautiful – and cooler – summer evening (or a matinee performance) at the Neil Simon Festival. Register today for tickets to the Neil Simon Festival at www.simonfest.com … and, for a comfortable condo with a view of our red rock country online at St. George Resort Rentals or Five Seasons Vacation Rentals at  www.stgeorgeresortrentals.com or www.laspalmasresortcondos.com.  Whether you are here for a week or a month, we are ready to serve your vacation needs!

The Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival, on the campus of Southern Utah University, will kick off its 54th season of “entertaining, enriching and educating audiences” in the all-new $36 million Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts with a ribbon cutting ceremony on July 7, 2016.

The Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts (to be known simply as The Beverley) will incorporate visual arts, live theatre, and dynamic arts education to dramatically enrich the cultural life of Cedar City, the region and beyond. The Beverly, located at the corner of University Street and 300 West in Cedar City, will be a year-round destination for thousands of patrons of the arts, including those attending any or all of the eight summer shows.

The Beverley will include USF’s new outdoor theatre, The Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre, which will feel very similar to the now retired Adams Theatre but with updated amenities and modern accessibilities, including an elevator and increased ADA seating. 

The Festival’s other new Eileen & Allen Anes Studio Theatre is a flexible, black box space, with seating capacity to about 200 people. The Festival’s indoor Randall L. Jones Theatre is still immediately next to the new Southern Utah Museum of Art. 

A large covered plaza welcomes patrons and includes a state-of-the art museum which features 5,300 square feet of exhibition space composed of four galleries. The Beverley offers many large public gathering spaces, which will be used for receptions and special events. The Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre has a covered terrace on the lower level of the theatre and a rooftop garden on the back deck of the second level. Landscaping for the Center includes a sculpture grove, tree-lined walkway, a Greenshow stage and enhanced seminar grove.

Named for the long-time arts and education champion, the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts is made possible of the Sorenson Legacy Foundation which had given millions of dollars to this project and other programs at Southern Utah University. In addition to the Sorensons’ contributions, the over $36 million center is being made possible thanks to the generosity of hundreds of benefactors. A gift of $5 million for the New Shakespeare Theatre and Festival outreach programs was received from the Ralph and Betty Engelstad Famiy Foundation of Las Vegas, Nev. The George S. and Dolores Dore’ Eccles Foundation also committed $4 million toward the project. Additionally, the State of Utah, Iron Country and Cedar City have all energetically supported this effort to create this newest center for the arts in Southern Utah. 

In 1962 the Festival attracted 3,276 visitors. Today the audience is over 100,000 and expected to increase during the 2016 season with the impressive new facilities and the nationally acclaimed professional productions.  Enthusiastic patrons come from around the globe to attend the Festival’s professional performances, including drama, comedy, Shakespeare, contemporary theatre and more. It is interactive free green shows each evening, backstage tours, give-and-take seminars in a beautiful outdoor grove with experts, artists and actors … and its all within an easy drive to the beauty of three national parks and breath taking scenery. No wonder it is called a festival!

The Utah Shakespeare Festival is a definite “must see” on your list of “things to see and do” in southern Utah, so now’s the time to reserve a beautiful, comfortable and affordable vacation home-away-from-home.  Register online for a week or a month at St. George Resort Rentals at www.stgeorgeresortrentals.com  or  www.laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums.   We look forward to seeing you.

If you thought comedian and talk show host Jay Leno retired after many years as the host of “The Tonight Show” to put his feet up and rest on his laurels, you’ll be pleased to see this indefatigable performer on the stage of the Tuacahn Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, March 25. With a reputation as one of the nicest people in show business and one of the hardest working, Leno’s personable style and work ethic have earned him a following of millions of fans.  He routinely performs more than 100 live appearances in nightclubs, theaters and stadiums annually, now including his little side trip from Las Vegas to Southern Utah in mid-March. 

Also on the Tuacahn stage in mid-March, Graham Russell, known for his soaring tenor voice; and, Russell Hitchcock, for his majestic musical compositions, known jointly as Air Supply, will rock the house on Saturday, March 28. 

At one time equalling the world famous Beatles’ run of 7 top-five singles, Air Supply’s 1980 release of “Lost in Love” became the fastest selling single in the world and rose to the top of the charts to become “Song of the Year.”  The talented duo’s albums Lost in Love, The One That You Love, Now and Forever, and their Greatest Hits album collectively sold more than 20 million copies.   

These popular entertainers will most likely sell out quickly at Tuacahn, so if you want to be in the audience, don’t wait to reserve tickets online at tuacahn.org.

And if you need a beautiful, comfortable and affordable place to hang your hat while vacationing in Southern Utah, don’t wait to register online for accommodations at St. George Resort Rentals at stgeorgeresortrentals.com  or at laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums.   We can’t wait to meet you … or welcome you back!

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