Heart of the High Plains: Texas Panhandle Heritage Foundation

Heart of the High Plains

The play TEXAS has been a High Plains tradition for almost 60 years and continues to bring families together.

Every summer the amphitheater at the bottom of Palo Duro Canyon is full of eager fans ready to see TEXAS The Musical.

It’s something David Yirak has been involved in for 40 years.

“I came to Canyon in 1979 to act in the show and I have stayed, I spent 32 years teaching at Canyon High School then took over directing the show 13 years ago,” said Yirak, the managing artistic director for the Texas Panhandle Heritage Foundation.

He says he loves the creativity he is around during the shows run each season and loves being able to teach others about the arts.

“We usually get somewhere between 10-12 different opportunities to reach out to a bunch of young kids down at the canyon, we teach them a little bit about singing, dancing, acting, and the arts and introduce them to it and hopefully some will take off with that and pursue it later on in life.”

Yirak tells us The Panhandle Heritage Foundation is honored to show off the true meaning of what it means to live in the panhandle.

Especially, by honoring our troops.

“The tribute to our veterans, these veterans will come over with tears down their cheeks and say thank you for remembering us,” added Yirak.

There will be some changes with the play this season, but Yirak says you’ll have to go to see.

“It is still going to have a lot of iconic moments, the rider on the rim, the lightning bolt, the beautiful singing and dancing, the tribute to our veterans at the end, but there will be some changes, you need to come to see it.”

You can catch a show Tuesdays through Sundays until August 17th

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