In addition to productions at the state's major theater festivals at Cedar City, Logan, Ogden and Sundance (see separate stories in this section today), a number of community theater troupes are mounting a variety of musicals and comedies. They include:
- THE PRACTICAL JOKE WAR, the premiere of a stage adaptation of Alane Ferguson's humorous book, is playing this summer at Wheeler Historic Farm, 6351 S. 900 East.The cast includes Bruce Craven (who adapted and directed the show), Jodene Pond, Peter Steenblik, Angela Brinton, Emron Grover and Arica Craven.
Performances are Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. through July 24. There will be no performance on July 4. Seating is on the lawn (bring your own blankets) and tickets are available at the gate. Family and group rates are available. For further information, call 264-2241.
Wheeler Farm is also conducting a series of drama camps for youths. At the end of each three-week camp, the participants will be prepared to perform an adaptation of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
The classes cover characterization, choreography, makeup, props, costuming, auditioning techniques and other facets of theater.
The two remaining sessions are July 5-22 and July 26-Aug. 12, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The fee is $185 per student, including lunch, snacks, T-shirts and supplies.
- SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS is scheduled to run June 29-July 2 at Riverton City Park, just west of the city hall, 12764 S. 1400 West.
Curtain is 8 p.m. and admission is $5 for adults or $3 for children, senior citizens and groups (10 or more when purchased at the same time). Tickets are available at the gate or can be obtained in advance from Pederson's Grocery or Riverton IGA.
- GUNFIGHT AT GLITTER GULCH, a musical melodrama written by Bob Bedore and directed by Ric Hamblin, will play Wednesday through Saturday, June 29-July 2, at Layton Commons Park on the lawn just east of the Surf 'n' Swim pool, 429 N. Wasatch Drive, Layton.
The cast includes Kera Hill, Ben Winegar, Marcia Knorr, Kurt Williams, Lisa Miner, Dennis Ahern, Bob Hill and Brent Sartor.
Patrons are advised to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens and $15 per family, with tickets available at the gate. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m.
- A FIELD OF STARS, a patriotic pageant chronicling the events surrounding America's break from England and the Declaration of Independence, will be presented June 29-July 2 at 9:15 p.m. nightly at Heritage Hill Theater Under the Stars, 300 N. 900 West, Richfield.
The performance is free of charge.
Sweaters are advised. There is some seating available, but patrons may also bring in their own lawn chairs for the overflow area.
- FIVE ON A HONEYMOON, one of Ruth and Nathan Hales' most popular comedies, will be staged June 30 and July 1-2 at the Hale Summer Playhouse in Grover, near Capitol Reef National Park.
Curtain is 8 p.m. and admission is $5 for adults or $3 for children. Group rates are also available. For reservations, call Sherry Brian at 572-5070 in advance, or call the Hales' ranch at 425-3589 after June 29.