In late October, 2022, the Homestead Resort contacted the MAC management with a proposal to locate the MAC on the Homestead property. After some difficulties with the City Council regarding the location on Main Street, this turn of events was interesting to the MAC Board. Meetings and negotiations followed in rapid sequence. During that time, the City Council, in a Work Meeting on November 1, 2022, unofficially voted 5-0 in favor of the concept of relocating the MAC to the Resort – adding fuel to the building excitement for this plan.
A letter of intent, in considerable detail has been signed by the parties, with formal documentation to follow from the legal teams. The Homestead will effectively donate the land on the northerly end of the Resort and will build a modest amphitheater adjacent to the MAC for both to share. The synergy between a first-class resort and a first-class arts center is obvious. There is ample parking and the MAC is a permitted use in the Resort Zone, solving substantial technical problems that faced the Main Street location.
Our traffic engineers, Hales Engineering, the leading traffic engineering firm in the State, has stated that the traffic impact of the MAC would be “minimal” at the Main Street site. The same will hold true for the Resort. The recreational traffic at the Resort is primarily during daytime hours, while the MAC’s traffic is in the evening and night. The Resort’s guests’ traffic is spread throughout the day. Will there be more evening traffic in the area? Yes. Will it be unreasonable? No. The 125 cars anticipate for a full-house performance in the main theater will be able to clear in less than 10 minutes.
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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 but will also 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.
No. Each venue will have its own staggered performing time, thus not overwhelming Midway roads with traffic.
Yes! Included in the Homestead approved Master Plan is an amphitheater. It will now be located adjacent to the MAC so dressing rooms and other facilities of the MAC can be used for outdoor performances. The amphitheater will be built by the Resort, with technical improvements added by the MAC. Both will share the use of the amphitheater for outdoor musicals and concerts. The contemplated amphitheater at Soldier Hollow will no longer be necessary.
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.
High Valley Arts has been a major contributor to the cultural well-being of our community and has provided significant economic benefit as well. The 68,000+ people attending performances have bought gas, eaten at restaurants, shopped at stores, stayed at resorts and other accommodations and have otherwise spent money in Midway and the Heber Valley. For 15 years, HVAF has provided wholesome entertainment that has bolstered both local businesses and the City’s tax revenues. The MAC will host not only High Valley Arts as its resident theater company but local arts organizations and other community events as well. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do something wonderful for our City and its future. Let’s “Bring the MAC to Midway”!
Yes. The Heber group envisions an arts center substantially larger than the MAC to be used by all county arts groups, modeled after the Rose Wagner in SLC and the Covey Center in Provo. We understand that current plans are that the County will support and manage the new facility.
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 make stage time available to other community groups on a scheduled basis. Currently, Wasatch county has about 10 performing arts groups, all of which could likely find sufficient venue time in the MAC. Over time, as the arts community grows, other venues will be needed.
We support the Heber Valley group and believe both concepts are compatible and are needed to meet the needs of the future of our community.
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