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4 STAGE SHOWS OPEN THIS WEEK

Three of the four new productions opening this week are in northern Utah locales - Wellsville, Collinston and Perry. The fourth opens in Springville.

In addition, Salt Lake Acting Company is extending its run of "The Voice of the Prairie" for one more week, through June 16 instead of June 10.- "THE WAHOO REVUE," a fast-paced country musical preceded by an outdoor chuckwagon dinner, will begin its summerlong run this week at Sherwood Hills resort.

(A companion company, "The Howdy-Do Revue," will open the following week in Panguitch.)

Produced by Derek Furch and Jan Benson's Wild West Productions company in Logan, both revues follow, essentially, the same format - a lot of energetic choreography, plenty of upbeat country music, with a little old-fashioned melodrama thrown in to keep things moving.

The revue heading to Panguitch in mid-June uses the same cast and show that were at Sherwood Hills last summer, when either the word of mouth or the aroma of the Dutch-oven cooking lured hungry theatergoers to the pastoral resort.

The Sherwood Hills amphitheater is set in the foothills of the Wellsville Mountains in Sardine Canyon between Brigham City and Logan. For the cookout, served chuckwagon style on metal plates, there are picnic tables amid the trees adjacent to the stage.

Furch and Benson have produced an entirely new show for "The Wahoo Revue," with Tami McCann of Salt Lake City as Calamity Jane; Stacie Doer, Bountiful, as Miss Honey; Dexter Taylor, Logan, as Doc; Melodie Taylor, Smithfield, as Polly; Jon Rock, Brigham City, as Slim; and Bart Bell of Burley, Idaho, as Sitting Bull.

The revue/cookout will begin Friday, June 8, and continue on Fridays and Saturdays through the end of June, then expanding to Thursdays-Saturdays through Sept. 8. Gates open at 6:45 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m. and the show starting at 8.

Tickets: $12.75 for adults, $11.50 for senior citizens or $7.50 for children 11 and under. Children under 3 admitted free of charge. There is also a family pass that admits two adults and any children under 18 years of age for $49.50. Prices do not include tax.

For reservations, call 245-6424 (Wellsville).

- "THE EDUCATED HEART," a Ruth and Nathan Hale comedy set in the backwoods country in the 1930s, will open Friday, June 8, at the StageStop at Hampton's Ford, Collinston (3585 W. Bigler Road, between Logan and Tremonton).

It will continue Mondays and Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. through June 30, with matinee performances at 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

Directed by artistic director Soni Barrus, the comedy is about a new schoolteacher hired to educate the youngsters in remote Jessup Valley, where the schoolmarm finds four, not three R's - readin', writin', 'rithmetic - and romance.

The cast includes Susan Pack, Del Fridal, Jeaneanne Wood, Wayne Hansen, Nikki Hislop, David Barrus, Soni Barrus, Michael Fox, Jennifer Christensen, Kellie Christensen, Kiersten Friess, Kim Christensen and Michael Fleming.

Tickets are $4 for all performances except those on Monday, which are $3 for students or $15 per immediate family. Reservations are requested. Call 257-7330 or 458-3967.

- "THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG," the Neil Simon comedy with music and lyrics by Marvin Hamlisch and Carol Bayer Sager, opens Friday, June 8, at the Heritage Theatre, 2505 S. Highway 89, Perry.

Directed by Mac Edwards, the show will continue on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. through June 30.

In the cast are Paul Naylor, Susan Conrad, Roger Brunker, Paul Buck, Laura Fisher, Vondel Hathaway, Gena K. Lott and Tania Kirkham.

The plot centers around a composer and lyricist whose agents have brought together to write and produce songs for a demo album. The couple struggles through personality conflicts, professional differences and lingering former relationships.

For reservations, call 723-8392, Mondays-Saturdays, between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

- SPRINGVILLE PLAYHOUSE will present "Bull in a China Shop" as part of Art City Days. The comedy/mystery opens Thursday and continues Friday, Saturday, and June 11, 15, and 16 in the basement of the city hall complex at 50 S. Main. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m.

John Gholdston is directing the play, which originally was an Alfred Hitchcock TV presentation in the 1950s and was later adapted for the stage.

The story revolves around six old maids whose only recreation is watching the handsome homicide detective across the street through binoculars. Too timid to speak to him, they decide that one of them must be murdered to get his attention.

Playing the old maids are Maryann Lawrence, Pat Bartlet, Sally Hopkinson, Arlene MacGregor, Shirley Shardone and Marcia Beach. Steve Schultz plays the detective, with Richard Beach as his sidekick.

Tickets are $4.50 general admission, $3 for senior citizens and $15 for a family. They may be purchased in advance at the library or Partyland. They will also be available at the door before each performance.

- SALT LAKE ACTING COMPANY's production of John Olive's "The Voice of the Prairie," directed by Anne Cullimore Decker, has been extended for five additional performances.

Playdates are Tuesdays through Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 and 7 p.m.

The theater is located at 168 W. 500 North. For reservations, call 363-0525.