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Monday, March 11, 2013

Tour of Tuacahn "Theater in the Desert"

 On the morning of Friday, March 8th, 2012, we were able to take a backstage tour of Tuacahn Amphitheatre in Ivins, Utah. Tuacahn is nicknamed "Broadway in the Desert," because it is an outdoor amphitheater which is surrounded by red cliffs and Tuacahn's name is a mayan word meaning "canyon of the gods." We were able to see the stage which is being constructed for the rock musical Starlight Express (the performers are on skates the entire time!). We were informed of the system for draining water as it does rain sometimes. We were able to see the green room where actors can relax during the performance when they are not onstage, as well as, the dressing room. Perhaps the most magical and interesting part of the tour was the costume shop where the girls learned a few tips about putting costumes together and were able to see hundreds of costumes and accessories from previous shows.  The tour seemed to be very exciting and both academically and personally inspirational to the girls as I heard such comments as, "I can't wait to start an independent study in Fashion on Monday," 
 "I really want to see a show." 
"I would love to do an internship here."