By Chelsea Kern and Ansalee Morison
Don’t miss these eight must-dos throughout the months of March and April.
February 21-April 11
Matilda Wormwood is much more than an ordinary school girl. Though anguished by distant parents and the school bully and principal, Miss Trunchbull, Matilda realizes she has many friends worth fighting for. Matilda tells her story at Hale Center Theater Orem where the audience might discover there is more to her than meets the eye. Haletheater.org
March 14, 21, 27, April 3
Park City celebrates the end of winter and the beginning of spring with a fire theatrical show, live music, family activities, and complimentary hot cocoa and donuts. Canyons Village at Park City Mountain hosts a night to bundle up and celebrate under the stars. Festivities begin at 4 p.m. and the firework shows start promptly at 6 p.m. This event is free to the public. parkcitymountain.com/events
America’s Got Talent participants hit the Covey Center stage by captivating the senses and swindling the mind. Catapult Entertainment brings a shadow-illusionary group that uses color, shape and movement to larger-than-life scenes to entertain the masses. The Catapult Shadow Dance starts at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices start at $20. provo.org/community/covey-center-for-the-arts
Winter is still alive and well at Sundance Mountain Resort. March 17 marks the first Silicon Slopes Classic, a skiing competition benefiting the nonprofit Sundance Mountain Sports Education Foundation. They invite Utah-based companies to assemble a team and compete on the Sundance slopes in both freestyle and ski races. An after-party and award ceremony will follow the races. This year, the foundation will present the High Level Human award to Andrea and James Clarke. (Utah Valley Magazine named Andrea Clarke a runner-up for the Person of the Year award in 2019, and James Clarke is a corporate partner to our sister publication Utah Valley BusinessQ.) To register a team or sign up for a sponsorship, visit siliconslopesclassic.com.
For 18 years, the Provo City School District Foundation has benefited from an annual Easter Basket Auction to fund educational programs. Local businesses and organizations donate the auction baskets and event sponsors include Brent Brown Toyota, Check City, and ESnetGroup. Proceeds from the silent and live auctions support before-school programs, after-school programs, summer school and full-day kindergarten for Provo City School District. This year’s auction will be April 2 at 6 p.m. at Riverside Country Club. This free event is open to the public.
April 10-May 2
Color spatters the 55-acre Ashton Gardens at Thanksgiving Point for the 16th annual Tulip Festival. With nearly 300,000 tulips in full bloom, Utah puts on a show at the Point of the Mountain to welcome spring. Based on a celebration in Holland, the Tulip Festival creates an experience of vibrant colors, warmer weather and family-friendly activities. thanksgivingpoint.org/calendar
The Utah Shakespeare Festival performs the greatest love story of all time: “Romeo and Juliet.” The Tony-Award winning group brings to life the tale of the two “star-cross’d lovers” and the tragedy that befalls the Montague and Capulet households. Theater patrons will enter into William Shakespeare’s classic story and engage, once more, with favorite characters as they come to life at the UVU Noorda Center. Ticket prices may vary. uvu.universitytickets.com
All aboard! The Heber Valley Railroad is about to be ransacked by pirates and paraded by princesses. Train travelers enjoy a 90-minute round trip that includes a visit from favorite Disney characters such as Anna, Elsa, Belle and scurvy pirates. Pink lemonade and cupcakes are served, and all are invited to dress in their favorite princess or pirate costume. The train departs at 11 a.m. Tickets are $15. hebervalleyrr.org/specialevents