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Now Playing Utah

To celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month in October, cultural organizations throughout the state are offering free tickets to events through a Free Night of Art. From September 1-15, Nowplayingutah.com website visitors can enter to win free tickets to performances of their choosing for events October 1-31. Formerly Free Night of Theater, the Free Night of Art program adds more artforms through an expanded program of Nowplayingutah.com – an events calendar with all things arts and culture – aimed at introducing Utah audiences to new forms of art in their hometowns.

“If you’ve been wondering what it would be like to attend the opera, theater, symphony, or museum, October is the month for you to try it out,” said Kylie Howard, Director of Operations for Nowplayingutah.com. “And with free tickets in hand, the experience is all that much richer.”

The Free Night of Art gives audiences an opportunity to experience new arts organizations and try new experiences. Interested persons can register for a FREE account through http://freenight.nowplayingutah.com and pick their top two requests September 1-15. Entries can be edited if new experiences are added within the two-week time period. Winners will be notified by email, win or lose, on September 22 and will be able to experience the arts October 1-31.

Here are some comments from patrons of the Free Night event in 2018: 
“I think it is a fantastic program that allows so many people to get more involved in the [Utah] Cultural Scene. Thank you!”

“It’s a fun program, gives me (and others) the chance to see performances I might not have heard of or been able to see!”

“It’s a wonderful way to find out about new and different theaters and productions.” 
Not only is Free Night of Art expanding its offerings, but Nowplayingutah.com is also expanding patrons served. In addition to the raffle distribution, Free Night of Art has partnered with Boys and Girls Club of Salt Lake, United Way of Northern Utah, the YMCA, and the YWCA, all of whom will distribute tickets to their clients. 

“Our goal for Free Night of Art is this: living up to the maxim that art is truly for everybody, and not just for some who can afford it. By partnering with groups such as Boys and Girls Clubs, United Way of Northern Utah, YWCA, and YMCA, we can make sure that tickets truly get in the hands of people who need them,” said Executive Director Crystal Young-Otterstrom.

2019 FREE NIGHT OF ART OFFERINGS:

  • Ballet West, SLC: Balanchine’s Ballets Russes – October 25, 26, 31
  • CenterPoint Legacy Theatre, Centerville: Hunchback of Notre Dame – October 1, 2, 8, 9
  • Draper Historic Theatre: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – October 4, 5, 7, 11, 12, 14, 18, 19
  • Hale Centre Theatre, Sandy: Phantom – October 29
  • Hale Centre Theatre, Sandy: The Addams Family October 15
  • Hale Center Theater Orem: Thoroughly Modern Millie – October 22
  • Hopebox Theatre, Kaysville: Freaky Friday – October 4
  • Nightmare on 13th Haunted House, SLC: Admission passes – October 12
  • NOVA Chamber Music, SLC: Ligeti and Brahms – October 13
  • Odyssey Dance Theatre, SLC: Thriller – October 14 & 15
  • On Pitch Performing Arts Center, Layton: Into the Woods October 4-19
  • Peery’s Egyptian Theatre, Park City: “Rocky Horror Picture Show” October 25-26
  • Pioneer Theatre Company, SLC: Cagny – October 1-3
  • Pioneer Theatre Company, SLC: The Lifespan of a Fact (preview performance) – October 31
  • Repertory Dance Theatre, SLC: Inside Outside – October 3
  • SALT Contemporary Dance, Pleasant Grove: PAN St. George – October 12
  • SCERA, Orem: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – October 2
  • SCERA, Orem: Junie B. Jones: The Musical – October 14
  • The Empress Theatre, Magna: Disaster! The Musical October 7-14
  • The Grand Theatre Company, SLC: Curtains October 3-26
  • The Noorda Center for the Performing Arts, Orem: The Kobie Watkis Grouptet – October 5th
  • The Noorda Center for the Performing Arts, Orem: Audra McDonald in Concert
  • The Noorda Center for the Performing Arts, Orem: Anne of Green Gables October 11
  • The Noorda Center for the Performing Arts, Orem: Sweeney Todd: October 25 & 26
  • The Noorda Center for the Performing Arts, Orem: Pillars: UVU Wind Symphony October 9th
  • The Noorda Center for the Performing Arts, Orem: Fall Choral Showcase – October 4
  • The Noorda Center for the Performing Arts, Orem: Urinetown: The Musical – October 5th
  • The Noorda Center for the Performing Arts, Orem: Classical Giants: Symphony Orchestra – October 15
  • Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, SLC: Admission passes for the month of October
  • Utah Museum of Fine Art, SLC: Admission passes for the month of October
  • Utah Opera, SLC: La Traviata by Verdi – October 16
  • Utah Shakespeare Festival, Cedar City: October 1-12
  • Wasatch Contemporary Dance Company, Provo: Adult Dance Workshops for All Levels – October 26
  • Westminster College Department of Theatre, SLC: Girl in the Red Corner by Stephen Spotswood – October 12
  • Westminster College Concert Series, SLC: Red Desert: Edge of Music – October 28

The state partners for Arts and Humanities month are Utah Division of Arts & Museums, Utah Humanities, Utah Museums Association, and Utah Cultural Alliance. Utahns are encouraged to search and use the hashtag #artshumanitiesUT throughout October to find cultural activities to celebrate the month. Signature activities of Arts and Humanities Month are:

https://www.utahhumanities.org/index.php/component/com_bookfestival/Itemid,288/view,bookfest/

About Utah Cultural AllianceFounded in March 1980, Utah Cultural Alliance (UCA) is the statewide advocate for the humanities and arts. We amplify culture’s contributions to Utah’s economic, family, and community life. You can read more about our mission at www.utculture.org

Utah Cultural Alliance is also the manager of NowPlayingUtah.com, the statewide calendar of everything to see and do in Utah with a heavy emphasis on the arts and humanities. The site sees 1.3 million unique visitors a year.

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