Moab Backyard Theater: fire, magic, comedy and music
by Steve Kadel
Staff Writer
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Sand Sheff, co-organizer of Moab’s Backyard Theater, stands outside the show venue on 100 West. The first production of “Moab’s Dog and Pony Show” will be Thursday, March 28, at 7 p.m.                                                                   Photo by Steve Kadel
Sand Sheff, co-organizer of Moab’s Backyard Theater, stands outside the show venue on 100 West. The first production of “Moab’s Dog and Pony Show” will be Thursday, March 28, at 7 p.m. Photo by Steve Kadel
Old-time vaudeville entertainment is coming to Moab.

The Moab Backyard Theater will present magic, music and comedy each Thursday and Saturday at a recently constructed venue at 56 West 100 South, just behind Zax Restaurant.

Organized by Sunnie and Sand Sheff, “Moab’s Dog and Pony Show” debuts Thursday, March 28, at 7 p.m. It will be presented each week on the same days and time, depending on weather because the venue is outdoors.

“It’s an old-fashioned variety show,” said Sand Sheff. “It’s something family friendly so tourists and locals have a place to bring their children that isn’t for adults only.”

This week’s inaugural lineup includes music by Moab resident Devon Dixon, who Sand Sheff calls “a real up-and-coming country and western star. He’s an absolutely wonderful singer and has a record out.”

The Flaming Gypsies will appear, too, adding a touch of fire to the evening’s fare.

“We gotta take some risks,” Sand Sheff said with a laugh.

The Uranium Players, consisting of Moab residents Shane Bartosh and Kaitlin Harris, will present comedy skits touching on Jeep Safari Week and other local topics. They also will give a sample of their upcoming musical comedy “Uranium Days,” which traces Moab’s history from dinosaur days to the present.

Moab-based performer Rick Boretti will exhibit his magical skills as well.

The idea for Moab Backyard Theater originated because Sunnie Sheff’s family owns the small lot and Sand and Sunnie felt it could easily be transformed into a performance area, Sand Sheff said.

“It’s all really mom and pop,” he said. “There hasn’t been a lot of heavy infrastructure added. There’s a stage, and people will sit on straw bales. It’s a very old-fashioned vaudeville-type show.”

Each evening’s performance will last approximately 90 minutes. Tickets are $10 with children age 10 and under admitted free of charge.

The Sheffs say that additional show days might be added in the future, but Thursday and Saturday will be the schedule for the time being.

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