Experience a spectacle under the sea and a sock hop of lightnin’ proportions this summer at the Tuacahn Amphitheatre.
Tuacahn Amphitheatre, just west of St. George, is presenting the regional premiere of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” along with acclaimed musical “Grease” throughout the summer. “The Little Mermaid” shows each Monday, Wednesday and Friday through Oct. 21, and “Grease” runs Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays through Oct. 20. Tickets range from $23 to $59.
The opportunity to produce these two shows is quite unique because Tuacahn is the first theater off-Broadway to present “The Little Mermaid,” and the rights to the musical “Grease” are extremely limited because it is currently on a national tour.
In last year’s production of “Tarzan,” Tuacahn was able to move more than 18,000 gallons of water per minute. This year, it will enhance and increase its waterworks effects, said managing director Kevin Warnick.
“Audiences coming to see ‘The Little Mermaid’ will see the stage and surrounding area shift between underwater and land scenes through a combination of exciting special effects that have never before been used together in the production of a full-length Broadway musical,” said Scott Anderson, artistic director for Tuacahn, in a news release.
Tuacahn’s marketing director Steve Holm explained one of the ways the production makes the performers appear to be under water.
“The water curtain is 80 [feet] wide by 30 [feet] high,” Holm said. “The water curtain is a wall of water with a projector that projects effects onto the water. We have lights that shine through it and make it look like the actors are underwater.”
The show features 15 BYU students, alumni and faculty, including Abe Hegewald and Jordan Dickison, both seniors majoring in Music Dance Theater.
Mckinzie Olson, of Cottonwood Heights, recently attended both shows. She said she was impressed by both and enjoyed the childhood memories evoked by ” The Little Mermaid” and the old cars used in “Grease.”
“My parents have been going to Tuacahn for years so it’s something we do whenever we get the chance,” Olson said. “I would definitely recommend Tuacahn to friends. The setting with the red rock all around the amphitheater is something you can only get there. The costumes and props are always so well done. Plus, the singing is phenomenal. I have yet to be let down.”