The Show Must Go On!

The Timpanogos Valley Theater (TVT) is opening its 2020 production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat today. It will run in the evenings on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from August 12-22. All evening performances will begin at 7:30 pm. Saturday’s shows will also include an 11:00am matinee.

The show was originally scheduled to run in May, but it was postponed due to health concerns. TVT determined in early July that a modified, outdoor performance might be a possibility. Outdoor, socially-distanced rehearsals were held beginning in July, and the show has become a reality. In addition to talented actors, performances will also feature the Heber Valley Children’s Choir. Even the One Stop dinosaur is jumping in on the action, with a rainbow coat and groovy hair, created by Heber City resident, Christine Chappell.

The production will be held on the lawn, just south of the Main Street historic city building. Audience household groups will be distanced from each other and from the stage. Facemasks will be required, except while seated in individual, socially-distanced groups. The theater will not be selling concessions, but food trucks will be nearby. Also, sanitizer stations and temperature checks will be used. For additional safety, high-risk individuals may enter and be seated 50 minutes prior to the show.

The 90-minute show will be performed concert-style to increase safety of the cast members and others. Tickets are $10 per person, or $50 total for groups of 6-8 people. They may be bought online in advance and early purchases are highly encouraged. Tickets may be purchased at the door through Venmo or with exact change, but capacity will be limited, and the shows may sell out.

The Timpanogos Valley Theater Company has been in operation since 2001. Its focus is family theatre, and, especially, on bringing youth and adults together for quality productions.

For more information, go to  http://www.timpvalleytheatre.com. 

Photo credit: Timpanogos Valley Theater Facebook Page

Heber Valley Artisan Cheese held their 2nd annual Ice Sculptures Exhibition this weekend. Several local businesses sponsored the sculptures being displayed. There were also two different ice carving demonstrations. The event was free to the public.

The annual event began last year when Carolee Kohler saw ice sculpting on a Hallmark movie and thought it would be a fun idea for their farm. They are also considering a woodcarving event.

According to Lindsey Strother, social media and events coordinator, each sculpture takes between 1-3 hours to carve. “We contacted Amazing Ice Creations back in November, and we reached out to local companies to sponsor the ice sculptures,” she said. “Yesterday morning around 9 am, they came in a massive truck and dropped them all off for us, and we set them up.”

Along with the ice sculptures, sponsors receive a sign and canopy for the display and social media marketing. The sponsors decide what they want to have sculpted. After the event, they can take the ice sculptures and display them at their businesses. The creations normally last a couple of weeks. Some will be left in the field and can be viewed throughout the week.

The ice this year included Olaf, company logos, animals, and other items. Darron Kingston, the sculptor, has carved ice for over 10 years with his dad. According to Kingston, “I like sculptures that give me a challenge. Here, for example, my favorite was the lumberjack.” One of his favorite past creations was a 9-foot bear.

Grant Kohler, owner of Heber Valley Artisan Cheese, explained, “We decided to do something that was free and something that people could just get out and come and enjoy. Especially this year with Covid, it seems like Januarys are slow months. People are looking for things to be able to get outside and do.” He continued, “Businesses pay in and buy the sculptures, we have them sculpted, and then we just let people come and enjoy them.” Kohler estimated around 3,000 to 4,000 people will stop by the event.

The dairy farm also offers cheese-making classes and tours of their new robotic barn. “The tours are everyday except Sunday,” according to Kohler. “People hayride over, intermingle with the cows, see the barn and amenities, and watch the cows be milked. The cows will literally go get milked on their own.” Tickets for the tours and other events are available on the Heber Valley Artisan Cheese website: https://hebervalleyartisancheese.com/.