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MormonArts event is March 25-28 in St. George

Registration is under way for the fourth annual MormonArts Festival, scheduled March 25-28 at various venues in St. George. (This year's festival will not be held at Tuacahn.)

Featured guests and artists include Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who will be a speaker and presenter; humorist John Bytheway, keynote speaker, and visual artist Gary Ernest Smith.There will also be presentations of such stage productions as Eric Samuelsen's new play, "Without Romance"; Marvin Payne's "The Planemaker"; and Johanna Frechette Perry in her one-woman show, "Polly"; plus "Testament," a new choreographed work by Caroline Prohosky, and the screening of "Summer of the Monkeys," a new feature film from Bonneville World Wide Entertainment.

The four-day festival will also include workshops and seminars in a variety of artistic disciplines, ranging from a "10-Minute Play Festival" to an open forum for music artists.

Due to the high cost of producing the festival at Tuacahn, the event has been moved into St. George this year. Venues will include Dixie College's Graff Theatre, Gardner Center and Cox Audiutorium, the historic St. George Tabernacle, the St. George Museum and the St. George Opera House.

Registration fees include $70 for the full four-day event (all workshops and seminars), with a $45 student/spouse rate, and $30 each for single days.

Additional fees for specific events include $7 each for "Polly" and "The Planemaker," $4 for the movie screening, $7 for the dance concert, $10 for the all-star music concert on Saturday evening, $12 for a "Lunch & Laughs" luncheon at Dixie College, featuring James Arrington, Bill Marsden and the BYU Dance Company, and $18 for the Saturday evening recognition banquet.

To register, call 1-435-634-8047. Information can be obtained via e-mail at (rpaxton@infowest.com). The festival also has a Web site page located at: (http;//www.thewatchmen.com/ma).

All festival participants must make their own lodging arrangements. Some motels (Quality Inn, Hampton Inn, St. George Hilton, Abbey Inn and Comfort Suites) may have special festival rates. This is considered the "high season" in St. George.