Tuacahn Amphitheater is an outdoor amphitheater for the performing arts, located just outside of the city of St. George, Utah, and is actually located within the town limits of Ivins, Utah. By automobile the drive is just 10 minutes from downtown St. George, Utah along a very scenic corridor.
Most of the productions at Tuacahn are performed in the outdoor amphitheater and are generally Broadway style musical productions. The name Tuacahn originally was taken from an ancient Indian dialect which is said to have the meaning “Canyon of the Gods”. Tuacahn is often incorrectly spelled Tuacan, Tuacan Theater or Tuachan, Tuachan Theater.
Thousands of people flock to the Tuacahn outdoor musical productions on an annual basis. In fact over 500,000 people have seen these theatrical musicals. The outdoor amphitheater holds approximately 2,000 people and the setting for this theater is spectacular. Sandstone cliffs ranging over 1,500 feet above the valley floor of this box canyon make up the backdrop to these world-class theatrical musicals. Shows usually run from June to early September and then a fall season runs from mid-September to mid-October. Throughout the year there are other productions and presentations that are offered. Singing, dancing, instrumental and other types of concerts are a frequent offering.
Tuacahn is right next door to Snow Canyon State Park. In fact the boundaries of Snow Canyon State Park come to the edge of the Tuacahn property. These facilities were constructed in the early 1990’s by Hyrum Smith and business is conducted as a non-profit Operation.
Much of the visitation to Tuacahn comes from Las Vegas and the Salt Lake City area (Wasatch Front Region), however visitors from around the world have seen the magnificent productions. Magnificent costuming, special effects and amazing set-designs are some of the reasons people continue to visit this outdoor amphitheater year after year.
Key roles in the productions are cast through auditions of professional actors and actresses. Other roles are filled through auditions from some of the college level talent and then local community members (young and old) are able to fill in.
Tuacahn has also become well known as a Charter School in the state of Utah and offers high school level classes in the performing arts and other curriculum for high school graduation.