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PAGEANT OF ARTS INITIATES BACKSTAGE TOUR

Seeing is not always believing. The Utah Pageant of the Arts has been proving the adage with its living-pictures production for 17 years now. This season, staffers plan to make believers out of even more people with a new backstage tour.

Last year, pageant patrons who showed up early enough were treated to a show-and-tell seminar with producing director David O. Brockbank. The pre-show event was so popular that it's been expanded this year to include a tour of the makeup and costume areas.For an additional $2, a limited number of people can get a first-hand look at what goes on backstage as cast members are made up or painted and fitted with headgear and costumes for that evening's performance.

The nonstop activity in these rooms is a real contrast to what the audience will see when the cast members step into life-size recreations of artwork and the stage lights go up. It makes the pageant seem all the more like magic.

This year's production will be on Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 8, June 12-July 22. Backstage tours will begin at 7 p.m. Seats are $8 for side section and $11 for center. Tickets may be purchased in person at the box office, 54 E. Main, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, or by phoning 756-3505. Charge cards are welcome.