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New Tuacahn Arts Center to open doors Friday

IVINS, Washington County — The new Tuacahn Arts Center is scheduled to open Friday, Nov. 4, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house.

"The new arts center will greatly expand our ability to meet the needs of our growth," said Kevin Smith, Tuacahn Center for the Arts CEO, in the news release. "The center will provide a truly professional, state-of-the-art facility to better meet the needs of our actors and greatly enhance the experience of our patrons."

The 19,000-square-foot facility includes a full-size staging area, a larger gift shop, a cafe and an expanded ShowCare area, according to a news release.

"The new arts center will not only accommodate a better rehearsal environment for our actors, but it will help continue to attract the finest talent in America and give our patrons the kind of theater experience they’ve come to expect here at Tuacahn," artistic director Scott Anderson said in the news release.

The Broadway Cafe will be open year-round, allowing patrons "to enjoy prepared food of a higher quality than general concessions," according to the news release.

ShowCare is a service offered by the organization as a way for parents to attend productions while their children are cared for nearby. According to tuacahn.org, the service is for infants and children up to 7 years old and costs $18 for the first child and $15 for each additional child from the same family.

"While parents enjoy the Broadway shows, infants will be cared for, and children will have fun with age-appropriate activities," the website states. "It is located just steps from the Amphitheatre entrance, so you can check on your child anytime throughout the show."

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take at the Tuacahn Amphitheatre, 1100 Tuacahn Drive, Ivins, in the plaza area at 1 p.m., and open-house tours will be offered from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

According to the news release, Tuacahn has produced nearly 60 major musical productions and several concerts and hosted hundreds of thousands of patrons over the past 22 seasons and now attracts 80 percent of its patrons from outside of Washington County.

For information about Tuacahn's 2017 schedule, visit tuachan.org or call 435-652-3300.