Southern Utah

Last weekend we drove down to Southern Utah to see a couple of plays at the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City.

We stayed with friends who have a condo at Brian Head ski resort, so we only had to pay for gas and food, plus the play tickets, of course. We saw two plays, and both were outstanding. “The Comedy of Errors” was reimagined as a Western during the gold rush of 1849, and it was a brilliant adaptation. This may have been the most entertaining version of a Shakespeare play I’ve ever seen. The other play we saw was “Twelfth Night“, which was also fantastic. It was very difficult to decide which of the two I liked best, but I give a slight edge to “The Comedy of Errors”. I’d highly recommend either to anyone who can catch one of these before the festival ends in mid-October.

Apparently actors appear in two different plays during the festival, so a number of the actors were in both plays we saw. There were many fine performances, but we particularly enjoyed Aaron Galligan-Stierle, who totally stole the show in “The Comedy of Errors”, and showed off a fine singing voice in “Twelfth Night”.

Red rocks near Brian Head Resort

Of course, the festival isn’t the only reason we like to travel down to the other end of the state. The scenery and hiking are fantastic.

Can you spot ET in the following photo?

Red rocks near Brian Head resort

It’s always entertaining to travel through the area. How many places in the desert can you find a lighthouse? Cedar City is home to what is apparently the largest inland lighthouse.

Lighthouse in Cedar City

And of course, traveling to Southern Utah requires a trip through Beaver, Utah, where you can have a mammogram  at the Beaver clinic:


Purchase some Beaver Cheese (though sadly, none is Venezuelan):

Beaver cheese

And entertain yourself with GPS oddities:

Trash Pile

Unfortunately, we did not stop at Beaver Liquor. But we did have some of the city’s award-winning Beaver water.

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4 Responses to Southern Utah

  1. Gretchen says:

    Love your sense of humor!

  2. Marilyn says:

    Sounds like a fun weekend to me. And the scenery is so cool…I did see ET! 🙂

  3. zeneedle says:

    Cache Valley Cheese in Beaver? Beaver has the best oddities in the state! Southern Utah is not only beautiful, but full of amazing entertainment of all varieties. 🙂

  4. Kym says:

    Lovely views! I love Shakespeare . . . wish I could visit the festival. The lighthouse cracks me up . . . but not as much as Beaver EVERYthing. 🙂 (ET . . . such fun.)

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