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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!

Throughout is 21-year history, the 100+member Southern Utah Heritage Choir, has maintained a reputation as an exceptional singing group and a following extending far beyond the borders of the St. George community.  The origin of this incredible choir dates back to 1994, when organizers invited 200 volunteer vocalists from the local community and united them for a single event during the holiday season.  In a word, it was wonderful!  The audience and the musicians were delighted … so delighted, in fact, choir members asked for another change to perform together – and so was born the Southern Utah Heritage Choir.

Members of the Choir are volunteers from the community, representing many walks of life.  They pay their own choir expenses, and give freely of their time for rehearsals and performances.  The Choir performs a wide variety of music to accomplish its mission – that of “bringing people closer to the Savior through beautiful music” at Christmas and Easter concerts, spring and fall programs, patriotic events and many musical devotionals in the historic St. George Tabernacle as well as other larger concert venues.

The Choir – a treasure in the St. George community – has been invited several times to be the voice of the Mormon Battalion in the Salt Lake Tabernacle, and has, in the two decades of its existence, toured throughout the world, performing concerts in the Czech Republic, Armenia, Mexico, England, Scotland, China and, most recently, Ireland.

When you travel to Southern Utah, you’ll want to know hear the Choir, then return to a beautiful home-away-from-home vacation resort rental.  Whether you are here for a week or a month, we will be waiting to make you comfortable at the 5 Seasons Vacation condominiums and St. George Resort Rentals.  Register online today at stgeorgeresortrentals.com for accommodations at the St. George Resort Rentals or laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums. 

Zion Canyon Theatre is definitely a unique big screen and it just so happens to be in our neck of the woods. The Zion Canyon theatre is actually the largest screen in all of Utah and even one of the biggest in the world!

  • Zion Canyon Theatre opened on May 26, 1994
  • Largest screen in all of Utah
  • Measures 60 feet high and 82 feet across
  • Has a “Stacked Projection System” which allows them to show 3D films
  • Their digital surround sound system is capable of 22,000 watts
  • Located at the mouth of Zion National Park
  • Shows documentaries and Hollywood featured films

The documentary “Zion Canyon – Treasure of the Gods” is a great film to go and see if you don’t have the time to get out and explore Zion National Park like you want to! Zion Canyon Theatre says this about the film “Zion Canyon – Treasure of the Gods”: “Stretching across time and seasons, Treasure of the Gods helps visitors explore the hidden depths and the legends of Zion National Park and the great southwestern Indian Lands.

Another great thing about Zion Canyon Theatre is that they also show Hollywood films! Watching it on a screen as big as this one, makes you feel like you are in the film – it’s pretty incredible and well worth it to go and see a film there! Check their site here for their Hollywood featured film, as it changes every couple of weeks.

So as you venture up to Zion be sure to stop in to Zion Canyon Theatre to be in awe of how awesome the theatre is all in itself, but seeing a show is for sure the added bonus! Don’t miss out!

The DOCUTAH Film Festival

The DOCUTAH Film Festival says it best… “come for the films, stay for the scenery.” This unique and incredible festival not only encourages the community and visitors to see the films that are within the film festival, but also to enjoy the majestic surroundings that Southern Utah has to offer it’s guest from all over the world. This 2015 year will be DOCUTAH’s 6th year of hosting this extremely fun and entertaining international film festival. DOCUTAH is put on by Dixie State University and is being held September 8-12, 2015.

There are 77 films that were selected to be included in the film festival this year, after receiving 400 submissions. You will see a wide variety of films among those selected. Some are down right hilarious, where others will be on the other end of the spectrum of capturing more serious issues in the world, and you will also get a taste of a little bit of everything else in between. “Our films this year are filled with colorful characters, exotic locations and stories which are at times compelling, amazing, quirky and riveting. There really is something for everyone,” said Phil Tuckett, Artistic Director for DOCUTAH, associate professor at Dixie State University and the Director of the Center for Media Innovation at the DSU media center.

Here you will find a list of all of the films for the 2015 DOCUTAH Film Festival, along with dates and locations of where the film will be shown  docutah.com

Just as DOCUTAH promotes,”DOCUTAH is not just a film festival…it’s a five day PARTY and every event is one not to be missed!” So come and join the party and be inspired by all of these incredible filmmakers and what they have compiled for our enjoyment, to educate us, and for some good laughs. Be sure and book your reservations to stay with St. George Resort Rentals while you come for the films of DOCUTAH, but where you can also come enjoy the scenery of Southern Utah!

Summer at Tuacahn 2015

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If you have ever been to Tuacahn Amphitheater just outside St. George, Utah, you know how much fun can be had out there! Well, this year the 2015 summer Saturday Market and summer Musicals are now underway. Fortunately for all of us, Tuacahn Musicals run their performances through mid-October, but don’t put off seeing at least one of the shows this season because you don’t want to be the only one missing out do you?

Every Saturday at Tuacahn, from 9am-1pm is the Saturday Market. You will find a variety of vendors that are selling unique trinkets and gifts, among other things. Not to mention, there is also a variety of yummy food available too! However, it is also just a lot of fun to meander through the crowd of people, enjoy a cup of coffee, and take in the beautiful red rock canyon landscape that surrounds you as you visit Tuacahn. The views are simply breathtaking and it is a perfect spot to start on a little hike in the canyon!

Tuacahn has three Musicals being performed for their 2015 Summer Musicals. They are: Disney’s Beauty & The Beast, Disney’s When You Wish, and Sister Act. Disney’s Beauty & The Beast is one that is returning to stage because it is such a crowd pleaser! This is the first year for Disney’s When You Wish and I think I speak for a number of people in saying that, “I think it will be fantastic – I can’t wait to see it on stage at Tuacahn!” Plus, I’m certain Deloris in Sister Act will be sure to bring out lots of laughs from the audience this season! So plan your summer vacation to St. George, Utah today!

Tuacahn Summer Musical Showings:

  • Disney’s Beauty & The Beast: May 29 – October 17
  • Disney’s When You Wish: June 5 – October 16
  • Sister Act: July 31 – October 15

For ticket information and any other additional information on the musicals at Tuacahn, please visit www.tuacahn.org — While you’re at it, be sure to simultaneously book your stay with us at St. George Resort Rentals when you come to see your Tuacahn Musical! Click on the sidebar to view all of our available vacation rentals – See you this summer!

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