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The Utah Shakespeare Festival was founded in 1961 and presented its first season in 1962. It was started in response to two influences: summer tourists desiring more evening activities after visiting the area's six national parks, and a young actor's desire to produce great theatre. Festival Founder Fred C. Adams, after seeing 150,000 annual summer tourists to the area, knew he had a great potential audience for a theatre festival. The Utah Shakespeare Festival was born.