Yes. The MAC is two stories high (35 feet) plus a clock tower. Memorial Hill is approximately 200 feet high.
Our traffic engineer, Hales Engineering, the leading traffic engineering firm in the State, has stated that the traffic impact of the MAC would be “minimal.”
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Parking is governed by the City code. It will be near the MAC and may be partially subterranean. On-street parking will not be necessary.
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During the times when many visitors come to Midway – July and during Swiss Days — High Valley Arts will not only present a Broadway musical in the Main Theater in the evening, but during the day will present in the smaller Youth Theater the short professional musical, “Socks and Souls, the Story of Midway” with the goal of involving residents and visitors in the lives of those who settled our Valley. Over time, other local histories will be dramatized and presented during July and Swiss Days so that those who gave their lives to build what we so value and enjoy will never be forgotten.
Yes. About 30% of the available time in the three venues (Main Stage, Black Box, and Recital Hall) will be available for local arts groups. The MAC will pursue a Facilities Endowment to lower rental rates for local arts groups.
No. Each venue will have its own staggered performing time, thus not overwhelming Midway roads with traffic.
No. HVAF is planning to perform outdoors at a new amphitheater in Soldier Hollow.
The Main Stage will hold 450 people, about the same number of people as will fit in the Midway Town Hall if every spot holds a chair and all the side benches are filled with people. The Main Stage will have 300 seats on the main level and 150 in the balcony.
The recital hall will hold 125 chairs, making it a lovely space suitable for small receptions, art displays, music recitals, and etc.
The blackbox theater, which will be used for youth musicals, will hold 250 people, making it suitable for small performances of a variety of types.
No. A fly is a 70-foot tall structure at the back of a stage that allows scenery to be lifted up out of sight during a performance. Instead, The MAC will have a 40 foot wide LED wall, allowing scenery to be displayed beautifully and electronically. The LED wall can be moved to the front of the stage, suitable for conventions, product unveilings, etc.
Yes. An appropriate musical performance will be presented later in the evening after Swiss Days closes for the night. Again, this will encourage overnight stays and provide revenues for both businesses and government.
Every July, HVAF will perform a freedom musical, either one that already exists or an original. This will be performed in the afternoon on the Main Stage and will be accompanied by lectures, art displays, children’s activities, etc. After the performance, patrons will be invited to climb to the top of Memorial Hill where a real life freedom hero, a veteran, will share his/her experiences protecting America’s freedoms. In the evening, a different Broadway musical will be performed at Soldier Hollow, encouraging patrons to spend the night in the beautiful Heber Valley.
Yes. The Heber group envisions an arts center about twice the size of the Mac to be used by all county art groups, modeled after the Rose Wagner in SLC and Covey Center in Provo. Current plans are that the building will require about 50% government/tax-payer support and that ultimately, the County will maintain the facility. Similar facilities in Utah and Salt Lake counties are supported by 2 million residents living nearby. As Wasatch County currently has 33,000 people, there is some thought that county growth is necessary to support such a building, both with sufficient performing groups to use the space and tax revenues to support it.
The MAC will be privately funded and, similar to the Hale Theaters or Pioneer Memorial Theater, will have a resident theater company (High Valley Arts Foundation). It will also have about 30% of stage time available for rental by community arts groups. Currently Wasatch County has about 8-12 performing arts groups, all of which would likely find sufficient venue time in The MAC.
We support the Heber Valley group and believe both concepts are needed, with the smaller MAC sufficient until the County grows enough to be able to fill a larger community venue funded by taxes.