"The Howdy-Do Revue," first presented by the Wild West Players last year at Sherwood Hills Resort in Sardine Canyon, has packed up its cowboy boots, its upbeat music, its energetic choreography and its original cast, and headed south into Bryce Canyon country.
The revue, an evening of old-time, good-time country music, comedy and melodrama, will be staged five nights a week, Tuesdays through Saturdays, June 15-Sept. 15, in the Panguitch Playhouse, formerly that community's social hall.Like its sister show in Sherwood Hills ("The Wah-Hoo Revue," which opened this past weekend), entertainment is preceded by a chuckwagon style dinner.
In Panguitch, the dinner is being catered by the Flying M Restaurant.
Cast members are Sterling Petersen, Hyrum, as Fester; Kirk Mecham, Tremonton, as Bad Bart; April Bullock, Benson, as Miss Honeysuckle; Joslin Christensen, Logan, as Jessie; Julie Coppin, Logan, as Dolly; and Dave Wright, Great Falls, Mont., as Caleb.
The Wild West Players were featured for four years at the Festival of the American West in Logan, then began the outdoor revue last summer at Sherwood Hills "Stagecoach Stop" amphitheater.
Most of the performers in both the "Wah-Hoo" and "Howdy-Do" revues are students at Utah State University.
The two casts have been rehearsing since the first of April.
"We all auditioned together, then the directors just kind of decided which place they wanted to send us," said Melodie Taylor, a Smithfield native who will appear in the Sherwood Hills production.
One of the players, Mike Savage, is from Hatch, a small community not far from Panguitch. He suggested to producers Derek Furch and Jan Benson of Logan that the troupe mount a second production and bring it to southern Utah. Furch and Benson agreed that tourists visiting Bryce Canyon, Cedar Breaks and Zion National Park would enjoy having access to live theater in Panguitch.
Doors open at 7:15 p.m. with dinner served at 7:30 and the show starting about 8:30 p.m.
Tickets are $15.50 for adults, $13.50 for senior citizens, $7.50 for children 3-11 years of age, or $49.50 for one family (two adults and any children under 18).
For reservations, call 676-8336.
The Panguitch Playhouse is located at the corner of Main Street and Highway 89 in downtown Panguitch.