Sunday December 12 at 2:30 p.m.
We are happy to announce that Hal Cannon will be with us for a very special Prologue event on December 12th. Hal will be the perfect addition to our Cowboy Christmas Carol, starring Waddie Mitchell. In fact, Hal and Waddie are close friends.
Mr. Cannon is the founding Director of the Western Folklife Center and its famous child, the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Hal has published a dozen books and recordings on the folk arts of the West including his best selling anthology, Cowboy Poetry, A Gathering.
Cannon and producer Taki Telonidis have produced nearly 100 features for National Public Radio over the past decade. Their series, What’s in a Song airs on Weekend Edition. He also co-produced a Why the Cowboy Sings which has been awarded both an Emmy Award and the Golden Special Judges Prize at the Houston International Film Festival and was broadcast nationally on PBS. The newest TV production Red Rock Rondo is now being shown around the region on PBS and recently won two Emmys.
Cannon has been awarded three Wrangler Awards from the Cowboy Hall of Fame, Oklahoma City; the 1998 Will Rogers Lifetime Achievement Award in Fort Worth; the distinguished alumni award from the University of Utah Communications Department in 1999, the Utah Governor’s Award in the Arts in 1999, and the Utah Governor's Award in the Humanities in 2002. He serves on the board of the Utah Arts Council.
The awards and accolades go on and on. We are thrilled that he will be at THEATREWORKS in December. Hal is going to do a talk for us called A Cowboy’s Christmas that blends poetry, storytelling and song. In addition he will tell us more about the genre of cowboy poetry and lead us in to Waddie’s show. Come for some spiced cider and conversation with these two prominent cowboy and folk art experts. We are honored to have them.
The Hal Cannon prologue series is free and first-come-first serve on Sunday December 12 at 2:30 p.m.