Highland City Arts Council is very pleased and excited to announce our 2015 theatre season! 

We will be kicking off the season February 23-28 with the play 

Standing, Still Standing. This play by local award-winning playwright Melissa Leilani Larson is a contemporary, humorous love story that moves between the waking world, the online community, and dreams. Standing Still Standing shows the strains chronic fatigue syndrome can put on a man’s life and marriage. This is a comedy about love and life — and staying awake for both. Winner of the 2002 Vera Hinckley Mayhew award, and of an Honorable Mention in Drama from the Association for Mormon Letters. Mel’s 2006 screen adaptation won the LDS Film Festival Screenwriting Contest. We are pleased to announce that Standing Still Standing will be directed by Adam Cannon. Auditions for Standing Still Standing will be the first week in January. More information to come. 
In March, Highland Youth Shakespeare will present, 

The Merchant of Venice. A play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1596 and 1598. Though classified as a comedy in the First Folio and sharing certain aspects with Shakespeare’s other romantic comedies, the play is perhaps most remembered for its dramatic scenes, and is best known for Shylock and the famous “Hath Not a Jew eyes?” speech. The Merchant of Venice is being directed by Ellen Burns who directed The Tempest in Highland last year. 

In April, Highland kicks off a new partnership with the Cedar Hills Arts Council with a youth production of Annie Jr. This classic story is brought to life on stage through the eyes of children. Annie will be directed by Jordan Long, director of Catholic School Girls. 
In June, Highland will co-produce with Cedar Hills the musical Honk! Written by the team that brought us Mary Poppins, Honk is a comedic and touching look at Hans Christian Anderson’s tale, The Ugly Duckling. This Olivier winning Best Musical has roles to include the entire family and will be performed at the Heritage Park Amphitheater in Cedar Hills. We are pleased to announce that Gabriel Spencer, director of the wildly popular production The Diary of Anne Frank last season, will be directing Honk!
The season will end with the classic, Pulitzer prize winning play, 

Dancing at Lughnasa. Dancing is set in Ireland’s County Donegal in August 1936, around the festival of Lughnasa, the Celtic harvest festival, in the fictional town of Ballybeg. It is a Memory play told from the point of view of the adult Michael Evans, the narrator. He recounts the summer in his aunts’ cottage when he was seven years old. The play depicts the late summer days when love briefly seems possible for three of the Mundy sisters (Chris, Rose, and Kate) and the family welcomes home the frail elder brother, who has returned from a life as a missionary in Africa. However, as the summer ends, the family foresees the sadness and economic privations under which they will suffer as all hopes fade. The play takes place in early August, around the festival of Lughnasadh, the Celtic harvest festival. 
Season tickets will include all 4 shows (Merchant of Venice is free admission) and will cost only $23.50 for adults, and $21.50 for children, students, and seniors.  E-mail highlandcityarts@gmail.com to reserve your season tickets!  Only a limited number are available so act quick!


Watercolor Class for those wishing to learn value, form and human features

Teacher:  Sharon Cannon

This will be a 2 day workshop and will be very instructional

January 26 and 27th

10 am to 1 pm

Cost for both classes $40 or choose one for $20

Registration:  Call Shauna 801-756-9614   

“Drawing the head and features and watercolor painting using value on the form.”   Supply list: Paper: Fabriano or Arches 140 lb Brushes: Round brushes #10, #7, and a #5 or #4 Paints:Bring your regular palette of watercolor paints but add raw sienna, cad red or scarlet lake, cerulean blue, and permanent brown Those particular colors I have for sale at cost. Board: a good stiff board to back your paper about 24″ x 16″ (I have a few of the “Incredible boards” for sale at cost if anyone is interested) Tape or clips or push pins to hold your paper down Miscellaneous: Viva paper towels, water container, pencil, eraser, sketch book.

Merchant of Venice

Youth Shakespeare Workshop

sponsored by Highland City Arts Council

Rehearsals Wednesdays 4-6pm during Jan, Feb, and March

Audition on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 4:00pm

Prepare a Shakespeare monologue for the audition

Cost:  $45

The Timpanogos Festival Orchestra and Chorus will present its 18th annual Handel’s Messiah Sing-In

on Friday, December 5th at 7:30pm in the Alpine Tabernacle, 100E Main Street, American Fork. 

Admission is free, but limited to those over eight years of age. 

The audience will be invited to sing along with the chorus and orchestra during the 10 chorus numbers.  Audience members should bring a personal copy of the Messiah and enjoy the experience of singing in the historic Alpine Tabernacle along with hundreds of other musicians in celebration of the Christmas season.

Guest soloists are Mary Billeter-Young, soprano; Laura Garff Lewis, alto, Todd Miller, tenor; Darrell Babidge, bass.

The performance will be conducted by Lois Stout, founder and artistic director of this event, as well as founder and artistic director of the Timpanogos Chamber Orchestras.  Lisa Brodie is the Chorus Master.

Youth Shakespeare Workshop

will be putting on Merchant of Venice in 2015!  If you love Shakespeare and are between the ages of 12 and 18, this one’s for you.  Auditions will be Wednesday, January 14 and all practices will be on Wednesdays 4:00-6:00 pm at the Community Center.  Watch for more information to follow.  Questions?  E-mail Ellen Burns at bddgeorge@hotmail.com.

Be sure to save December 6th on your calendar
Craft Day at the City
December 6th, 10 am

2nd Annual Childrens Art Show
Highland City Building

Still accepting art.  Please call Shauna at 801-756-9614

All entries must be framed with a wire on the back
Childrens Art accepted from kids 5 years to 16 years old

The art will be on display during the month of December at the City Hall

Theme for this years entries:

“Holiday Magic”

After School Art Club

At the Community Center

Once a month on the 1st Monday of each month

Mondays from 3-4:30 pm

January 12th

January  we will focus on Snow art.

Instructions in various mediums including

cartooning, water color, acrylic, colored pencil,

pen and ink, zen art, scratch art, etc.

$10 / time……Ages 8 and up

A schedule will be published at highlandcityarts.org in August

Is there something you would like to learn or to teach?

If you have a class you would like to take to learn new skills or something that you would like to share and teach to others let us know.  Go to this form, Proposal Form for Classes and Workshops, and fill it out and save it to your computer and then attach it to an email to shaunaholt@live.com or highlandcityarts@gmail.com.


Friends of Art


We are always looking for new members and you can contact Corene Bennett at 801-768 9643 for further information or to register.

MEETINGS, 2014 — Twice Monthly
Guest Artist, 10:45–1 pm (Come early so we can start at 11).  Workshop, 11–2pm:  choose your project & potluck lunch.  Also considering Museum tours.              
Membership Policy:  $25 a year, September through May OR $5 a month OR $3 a meeting(visitors: first visit is free, then pay a membership fee)


Questions:  Call Corene Bennett 801-768-9643 or Jo Sudweeks 801-756-9717 

Art Council Chairman of the Board — Shauna Larson 801-756-9614 or highlandcityarts@gmail.com


Also, coming soon we will be displaying art from local artists in the lobby of the Highland City Hall.  Please stop and see the great talent we have right here in our own community.    


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