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Mostly `community theater’ fare this week

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With two of the region's major theater festivals - the Old Lyric Repertory Company and the Utah Shakespearean Festival - already up and running, this week's new stage productions are mainly "community theater" fare.

- "A FIELD OF STARS," Richfield's annual outdoor pageant, like the legendary Phoenix, has shed its ashes and is moving forward.Vandals burned much of the production's scenery and some costumes in April, forcing The Compani, a volunteer group that produces the show, to take another approach.

In years past, the patriotic pageant has been staged on a hillside near town. This year, it's being moved - on a slightly smaller scale - to the Richfield City Park.

Performances will be July 1-3 at 9 p.m. and there is no charge for admission.

Sunnie Thompson, one of The Compani's executives, said Richfield is in the process of developing a new park north of town, where there will be a permanent stage for a variety of community events, including "A Field of Stars." This isn't expected to be completed for another year or two, however.

Richfield has also assisted in the construction of new scenery for the 1998 production.

- "BYE BYE BIRDIE," the 1960 Broadway hit about a '50s rock star's highly publicized date with the military draft board, will play July 3, 6, 7, 9, 10 & 11 at Riverton City Park's pavilion. Curtain is 8 p.m.

The central character is Conrad Birdie, a swivel-hipped Elvis Presley clone.

The show contains such tunes as "Put on a Happy Face," "Kids!" and "A Lot of Livin' to Do."

Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children (12 and under) and senior citizens. Tickets are available in advance from several Riverton area merchants or from cast members. Tickets will also be available at the gate 45 minutes prior to curtain.

- DR. PUPPETS (also known as Dmitry Rashkin), will bring his unique, Russian-style puppets to Sandy's Bicentennial indoor pavilion on five Wednesday afternoons during July and August for a series of children's shows.

Dates are July 1 & 8 and Aug. 5, 12 & 19, all at 2 p.m. Admission is $3.

Rashkin, who migrated to Utah nine years ago from Moscow, teaches puppetry at the University of Utah. He is also available for private shows, day care centers, camps and schools. To arrange private engagements, call 963-5860.

- "ON BROADWAY," a musical revue with a "show tunes" theme, will be presented July 3, 4, 6 and 9-11 in the Bicentennial Amphitheater, 800 E. 650 South, Clearfield. Show time is 8 p.m. All seats are $4 each. Children 2 and under will be admitted for free. There is a $1 discount for groups of 10 or more.

The show is being directed by Karma Astle.

- "THE MUSIC MAN," Meredith Willson's homespun musical about a traveling salesman's impact on quiet little River City, Iowa, is scheduled July 2-4 and 6 at7 p.m. at the Davis High School auditorium in Kaysville.

The show contains such Broadway tunes as "Seventy-six Trombones," "Till There Was You," "Trouble (Right Here in River City)" and "Goodnight, My Someone."

Preshow entertainment begins at 6:15 p.m. For reservations, call 591-1334.

- "THE WIZARD OF OZ," the Broadway musical version of the adventures of Dorothy, her dog, Toto, and her newfound friends, the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow, along the Yellow Brick Road to Oz, will play July 3-Aug. 2 at the Villa Playhouse Theatre, 254 S. Main, Springville.

Directed by Robinne Booth, the double-cast ensemble includes Julie Jensen and Rebecca Law alternating as Dorothy, Dick Allen and Bradin Wilhelmsen as the Scarecrow, Larry McClay and Don Green as the Cowardly Lion and Andrew Snyder and Matt Law as the Tin Man, with Daryl Tucker single-cast as the Wizard of Oz.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays. General admission seating is $7 for adults, $6 for students and senior citizens and $4 for children, 11 and under. There is also a $25 family ticket. For reservations, call 1-801-489-3088.