Sanctuary - The Story of Zion

The Tanner Amphitheater will play host this summer to an original production titled, “Sanctuary, The Story of Zion”.  Written by beloved storyteller and singer/songwriter Sam Payne, the show will tell the multi-layered story of Zion National Park through pictures, story, and song.   From the First Peoples, to the settlers who founded the town, to the present day tourists and residents, Sanctuary will chronicle the evolution of the canyon in a way that entertains, educates, and leaves the audience with a better understanding of the challenges and triumphs that are part of the history of one of the nation’s most popular national parks. 

Backstage at Sanctuary.  Ryan, Drew and Lacey warming up.

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Meet the Players

Ryan Tilby

Ryan Tilby is an in-demand multi-instrumentalist both on stage and in the studio. A Utah state champion on banjo, mandolin, and guitar, he grew up touring professionally in the bluegrass music scene.  He went on to study jazz guitar at Utah State University, and travelled the world with Capitol Records artist Ryan Shupe & the RubberBand, and released several records of his own on the Stone Angel Music label.  He and his wife moved to southwestern Utah in 2014 to pursue an audio engineering career, and to raise their three children in the beauty and variety of the Utah desert.

Nic Chamberlain

Nic Chamberlain is known for high flying vocals and powerful drive in playing flat-top guitar.  Whether its opening for the  Beach Boys or Styx, playing the Everly Brothers songs around the country or bringing local crowds to their feet after a beautiful tenor solo, he's shown musical versatility as a front man.

Sam Payne

Sam Payne has brought his stories and songs to halls in Canada, Bulgaria, Tokyo, and from coast to coast in the United States. He hosts "The Apple Seed: Tellers and Stories," a daily national radio show on the art of storytelling for BYU radio. Sam is a long-time educator (most recently serving as administrator of a high school for performing artists), a celebrated jazz vocalist, and an award-winning songwriter. He has written for radio and television, as well as for the classroom; his writing for young people enjoys a readership of over a million school children. Sam serves on the board of the National Storytelling Network, and has been featured as a storyteller at festivals large and small, including the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, the Weber Storytelling Festival, the Vernal Storytelling Festival, and the Art of the Story Festival. He lives in the shadow of the Wasatch Mountains in Springville, Utah. Find his work at www.sampayne.com

Suzanne Christensen

For two decades, Suzanne Christensen has directed The Acting Company, a children’s theater company dedicated to the performance of Shakespeare by actors between the ages of 3 and 18. Her company has performed widely throughout the state, including command performances at the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival. She served two terms as a member of the Utah Arts Council, and has done extensive work as a writer and vocal coach for storytellers and actors. Suzanne was the co-chair and then chairman of the College Volunteer Leadership Council for the College of Humanities at Brigham Young University. She is a sought-after lecturer on Shakespeare and his world, and has directed and presented storytelling events for live audiences and for radio.

Drew and Lacey Williams

Drew & Lacey are a Nashville-based, husband and wife duo. 
The couple met in Salt Lake City, where they collaborated and performed with some of the state’s top musicians, including Peter Breinholt, Charley Jenkins, and Sam Payne.  After moving to Nashville the two continued to define their sound; combining their folk and bluegrass backgrounds with a Nashville country vibe.  This created a unique sound, full of rich harmonies and stellar musicianship.  Nashville provided an opportunity for them to meet and work with a host of amazing artists and writers.  Drew & Lacey have shared the stage with chart topping bands such as the JaneDear girls and Due West, and have collaborated with Grammy award winning writers and musicians.