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CEDAR CITY, UT — Thanks to a generous donation from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Foundation, child care at the Utah Shakespeare Festival will be even more affordable this year. The cost will now be only $10 per child per play, half the price of last year. In addition, the donation makes free child care available for Festival company members from season opening until the last performance in October. 

“I am so grateful to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Foundation for this generous gift,” said Executive Producer Frank Mack. “It will enable even more families to enjoy all the Festival productions knowing their little ones are safe and having fun in our fabulous child care facility.”

The Festival has offered child care for playgoers from its inception. The goal was never to make a profit, but to make it more convenient for guests, especially young parents, to attend the plays. However, with rising costs and regulations, it was getting more difficult every year to keep the price low. Thus, the gift from the Foundation is very much appreciated, not just because it benefits Festival guests with reduced prices but provides free child care for company members.

“This generous gift to the Festival from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Foundation will assist company members and patrons alike,” said Donn Jersey, director of development. “It’s the first time in our history that our childcare has been sponsored, and we couldn't be more grateful for this partnership.”

“With this donation, more families will have the opportunity to make the Festival a whole-family experience,” added long-time Child Care Manager Kristine Cooley. “We have loved getting to know the youngest members of each family, and we feel grateful and privileged to take care of each child. Our goal is to make sure each child is safe and happy.”

The Festival’s child care is for children up to ten years old and is provided during all plays, but not during other activities. The professionally staffed, safe, and state-licensed facility is located at 123 S. 300 West Street, south of the Randall Theatre and a short walking distance from the three-theatre complex. All child care must be reserved in advance by calling the Ticket Office at 800-PLAYTIX.