By Naomi Hatch
The Silver Creek Performing Arts Association (SCPAA) has promoted the arts in Snowflake and Taylor since 1979 when it was organized as the Silver Creek Symphony Guild.
Jo An Washburn, Patricia Malan, Kanani Tenney, Judy Caldwell and Blair Clawson, the first symphony conductor, were the main organizers of the guild, with each serving as president during the first few years.
The annual SCPAA Guild Luncheon held recently spotlighted the 2012-13 season, which will begin on Sat-urday, Sept. 22, with Price of Freedom: A Musical Presentation.
The Spire Music website and information from SCPAA note: “The Price of Freedom is a tribute to those who served in World War II and the loved ones they left behind. The actors’ stories are brought to life by authentic newsreels, photos and radio broadcasts from the time period, which transport the audience back to the era of the ‘Greatest Generation,’ and make the experience that much more real. It is a very unique and powerful blend of original music, documentary footage and simple storytelling to create an emotional message of hope and gratitude.”
The Price of Freedom is the result of a collaboration between composer Rob Gardner and songwriter McKane Davis. The show first premiered in November 2002, and since has been performed live across the country. “The response afterward from the tearful patrons is invariable: ‘This is something that everyone in America needs to experience,’” according to the website.
Thursday, Oct. 18, is set aside for a performance by Alex Boye, who has sold over half a million CDs and has been entertaining worldwide for more than 15 years, with hits in over 15 countries. Boye was born and raised in London, and has performed alongside such headliners as Bryan Adams, George Michael, Simon & Garfunkel, MC Hammer, Vanilla Ice, N’SYNC, David Archuleta and The Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
The Brigham Young University Young ambassadors, will perform on Thursday, Nov. 29. “Since entering the world stage at Japan’s Expo-70, the Young Ambassadors have performed their vibrant blend of song and dance in 56 nations of the world. Their audiences have included the prime minister of India, the queen of Thai-land and the king and queen of Jordan,” according to the Ambassadors website.
The Utah Shakespearean Festival will present Romeo and Juliet, but the date will be announced later. The festival is headquartered in Cedar City, and has been entertaining audiences with amazing plays for 52 years.
Matt Baker will perform on Tuesday, April 2. He has received rave review for his comedy stunt show, in-cluding from Sarah Palin. He has a unique combination of stand-up comedy that includes amazing stunts and a lot of audience participation. Some of his stunts are spearing vegetables mid-air, escaping handcuffs and jug-gling with his mouth. You won’t want to miss this fun filled evening.
On Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27, the Children’s Music Theater will perform. Snowflake’s talented children will present Seussical the Musical, featuring the books of Dr. Seuss.
Purchasing a season ticket will also entitle you to attend St. Johns Fine Arts Performances for the season.
The Silver Creek Symphony Guild was organized to help finance the Silver Creek Symphony, which per-formed two concerts a year, by bringing four other performances to the community. This was the beginning of the concert series. Since that time, the Silver Creek Symphony has gone regional and performs as the White Mountain Symphony Orchestra.
In 1982 or 1983 while Judy Caldwell was serving as guild president, guild members felt that they needed a board, so the Silver Creek Performing Arts Association was organized with Jake Flake serving as the first board president. Other presidents have been Norris Baldwin, Ray Caldwell and Woody Peterson, with Eddie Hancock currently serving as president.
In 1988 Judy Caldwell, Nerita Flake, Brian Shepherd and Jeannie Larson felt it was time for a little theater and met at Caldwell’s home, where she was elected the first president. The first performance was Cheaper by the Dozen. In July they performed Beauty and the Beast. The Little Theater performs one or two plays each year, with a musical every other year.
JoAn Washburn and Judy Caldwell attended a grant-writing workshop. Caldwell said that they applied for a grant for the Little Theater on an old form that had the information whited out and they handwrote the grant over the White Out. Caldwell said, “We received it despite our application.” Each year they applied for a grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts and received a grant to help subsidize high quality performances such as the BYU groups, Michael Balan and pianist Wladimir Kochanski.
Tickets are on sale for this SCPAA season at Shevell’s or you may purchase them at the first concert.
By Naomi Hatch