Alan Osmond Productions will celebrate on July 2 the nation's birthday, not with birthday candles but with an entire "Stadium of Fire" as part of the seventh annual fireworks panorama, in conjunction with America's Freedom Festival at Provo.
To add even more sparkle to the show will be comedian Rich Little, Mary Hart from "Entertainment Tonight" and Emmanuel Lewis, star of ABC's "Webster."Also appearing will be members of the Osmond Family. The four original Osmond Brothers - Alan, Wayne, Merrill and Jay - will re-create their famous sounds, and the new generation of brothers, the Osmond Boys, will perform.
With the theme "Celebrate '88," this year for the first time an array of fireworks on the ground and in the air, characterizing a "Stadium of Fire," will be offered through an international competition with pyrotechnic displays from such countries as France, Italy, China and Japan. Executed, via computer, by Paul Austin, an international award-winning pyrotechnic specialist, the fireworks will be programmed to music with full set designs and judged by professionals in the industry.
"The fireworks will be enjoyable, certainly, for those who see them from outside the stadium, but our emphasis this year has been on the competition and the type of show they put on inside," Osmond said.
Also new this year will be a display of multiple lasers for additional sky specialties. Three lasers will show animated patterns in the sky with a new Laser FX system, Osmond said.
The Stadium of Fire is a major part of the 26 events in America's Freedom Festival at Provo. Co-sponsors with the Freedom Festival are AT&T, US WEST Cellular, Coca-Cola, Fred Meyer, KSL Radio and KSL-TV.
Tickets will be available at $15, $10 and $7, beginning 8 a.m. May 9 in the Marriott Center, 378-5666 or 378-BYU1, or in Salt Lake City at 363-BYU1.
"The Freedom Festival will cost just a little over $1 million," festival President David McDougal said. "It has become so large that we keep the same board members from year to year. If we didn't it would be like reinventing the wheel each year.
"Have we got a party planned for you this year," Osmond said. "We'll start with a fanfare of 88 trumpets in a parade while premiering `Happy Birthday America,' a song composed especially for the show."