“MY FAIR LADY” – December 2017
Hailed by critics and audiences for its heart and its wit, My Fair Lady is the story of acclaimed linguistics professor and confirmed bachelor Henry Higgins who wagers that he can pass off “gutter snipe” Eliza Doolittle as a duchess at the embassy ball by teaching her proper English. Through hard work, Eliza indeed convinces everyone at the ball that she is royalty. Higgins, however, refuses to acknowledge Eliza’s role in her transformation, and as a sign of her independence, she leaves his home. It is then that Higgins realizes he cares deeply for Eliza. She returns to his house at the end of the musical, and as he says, “Eliza, where are my slippers?” she throws one at him. He has a lot to learn, and although we’re not exactly sure at the end of the musical whether or not Eliza will take him on, it does appear likely.
“ANNIE GET YOUR GUN!” – July 2017
“Annie Get Your Gun” is the story of real life Annie Oakley, and tells how the illiterate,16-year-old scruffy girl beat Buffalo Bill’s star shooter Frank Butler in a shooting contest, much to the surprise of everyone! Buffalo Bill invited her to join his show and she became an international star. She couldn’t miss a shot if she tried! Irving Berlin songs such as “Anything You Can Do” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business” got audiences tapping their feet in this routine’ tootin’ feel-good musical for the whole family! All the superb photos below are by Gene Sweeney, Jr.
“ANNIE” – December 2016
After 11 years in an orphanage, plucky Annie escapes from mean Miss Hannigan to find her real parents. What she finds is a dog Sandy, kind Miss Grace Farrell, who works for the worlds’ richest man, Oliver Warbucks, and finally, Annie meets Mr. Oliver Warbucks himself. Warbucks can’t resist her charms. Annie finds a real family at last when Warbucks proposes to Grace and adopts Annie.
The Wizard of Oz – July 2016
Dorothy and her friends, the Scarecrow, The Tinman, and the Lion had a marvelous adventure outsmarting the Wicked Witch of the North. The Munchkins and their protector, Glinda, the Good Witch of the West, cheered her on. In the end, Dorothy learned that “there’s really no place like home!”
Beauty and the Beast– December 2015.
Step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic, Disney’s Beauty And the Beast, an international sensation that has played to over 35 million people worldwide. The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
One of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber’s JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. High Valley Arts’ audiences loved the show. It sold out nearly every night!
Oklahoma– July 2014.
Set in Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, this high-spirited rivalry between local farmers and cowboys provides the background for cowboy Curly and farm girl Laurey who are in love with each other but refuse to admit it. Mix in flirty Ado Annie who is currently infatuated with Ali Hakim who fears marriage and tries to pawn Ado off on Will who truly loves her and the scene is set for wonderful music, great dancing, and terrific summer entertainment.
A Christmas Carol – December 2013.
Ebenezer Scrooge turned from a grumpy, miserable miser into a really nice guy before this 2013 Christmas Carol production ended and audiences fell in love with Durham McCotter, the cute little 6-year-old who played Tiny Tim. Several cast members repeated their roles, including Stuart Waldrip as Scrooge, Lhomond Jones as Marley, and Terri Caldwell as Mrs. Scrooge who played their roles for the fourth time. Steve Stoddard as Christmas Present and Randy Birch as The Beadle joined the cast for the third time, and Tristen Caldwell played The Ghost of Christmas Present for the second time. The show was a wonderful way to bring the joy of the Christmas Spirit into the season.
The Music Man – July 2013.
High Valley Arts’ presented this well-loved musical in our beautiful outdoor summer theater. Audiences loved Dave McMaster as Harold Hill and Mary Eckersley as Marian. Harold moved with such finesse and fluidity from one scam to another that the audience was awed and even Marian finally capitulated to his charms! The dancing wowed the audience and everyone fell in love with Marian, the Librarian, including Harold!
Fiddler on the Roof – July 2012
The show, starring Doug Osmond, was a sellout: people loved sitting on grass, enjoying the warm Midway summer evening, and watching Doug and the cast infuse life into the story of Anatevka. The Deseret News reviewed the show, giving high marks to Doug for his heartwarming rendition of Tevye and to the cast for their excellent performances.
Thoroughly Modern Millie – December 2011
With Ellie Gallagher as Millie and Mike Malmrose as Jimmy, the cast danced and sang their way through this cleverly-written Tony-Award winning stage adaptation of the 1967 movie.
Annie – December 2010
Over 90 little girls auditioned for this musical. Annie (Amanda Malmrose) terrorized Mrs. Hannigan (Trish Bowen) and finally found a home with Daddy Warbucks (Steve Stoddard). The show was a Christmas sellout.
The Sound of Music – July 2010
This show was a crowd favorite. Bonnie Hardman played Maria and Todd Bay the Captain and she, along with the VonTrapp kids, danced and sang their way into everyone’s hearts.