Hale Center Theater in West Valley

Posted - Mar. 11, 2003 at 8:17 a.m.



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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.

Providing family-oriented productions with professional quality is not an easy task, but that is exactly what the Hale Center Theater provides for the Utah community. I've attended several productions at the Hale Center Theater, and have enjoyed each one. In fact, I have featured the theater in some of my earlier programs. Well now, the Hale Center Theater of West Valley City currently ranks as Utah's second most attended performing arts organization.

Every year the theater produces approximately 450 live shows in front of more than 208,000 patrons. Only the Utah Symphony draws a larger crowd. Shows at Hale Center Theater include Broadway favorites such as Bid Rive, Annie and The King and I, but also lesser-known pieces originally written by Ruth and Nathan. The musical Big River, based off of Mark Twain's book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, is the theater's present production. To accommodate the show, Hale Center Theater actually engineered and built an indoor river. The river required 11,000 gallons of circulating water, making the production the most elaborate ever performed at the theater. Unfortunately, the last night to see Big River is March 12.

As well as providing top quality theatrical performances, the Hale Center Theater teaches acting classes at the Decker Lake Youth Corrections Facility and treats more than 4,000 youth and seniors to a 90-minute theater introduction as part of its "Experience Theater Live" program. Additionally, the Hale Center Theater will be awarding $1,000 to the winner of the First Annual Ruth and Nathan Hale Comedy Writing Awards.

In addition to the West Valley City theater, family members independently operate Hale theaters in California, Orem, and Southern Utah, and will soon open a theater in Arizona. With the theater's dedication to provide family entertainment, community members can look forward to enjoying comedies and musicals for generations to come.

For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.

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