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PAROWAN — A longstanding Parowan tradition will look very different this year.
Traditionally, January has marked the annual Parowan Birthday Celebration, which includes the Parowan Birthday Ball. But social distancing considerations have prompted a new approach to this commemoration of the city's heritage in 2021.
In lieu of the in-person Birthday Ball, this year Parowan will celebrate decades of performances at its historic Aladdin Theatre through "Parowan Sings," a virtual musical revue paying homage to past musical theater productions and featuring local talent.
"Parowan Sings" is being filmed in advance at the Aladdin Theatre in Parowan, with social distancing and safety practices strictly observed to protect the performers and crew. The production will be made available for streaming this Saturday at 7 p.m. and will be available to community members to access and view thereafter.
"Under the current circumstances, with COVID-19 necessitating major changes in almost every area of life, we needed a socially distant alternative to the Birthday Ball celebration," said Shelley Porter, Parowan Stake activity chairperson and member of the Parowan Community Theater Board. "Community members are in desperate need of interaction and something fun to lift their hearts, and what better way to celebrate our community's heritage than by showcasing our local talent and honoring the rich theatrical tradition that Parowan and Iron County are famous for?"