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Paynesville Press - March 8, 2006

Mini-theater twists familiar tales into comedy

By Michael Jacobson

Forty students (grades K-8) will present a comedy farce - "The True Story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs?" - this weekend through Community Education's annual mini-theater.

The cast will present their play on Friday, March 10, at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium and on Saturday, March 11, at 1:30 p.m. also in the auditorium.

The play, written by directors Colleen Pelton and Sue Teicher, uses part of the Disney story involving Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as well as Old MacDonald and his farm animals; Santa and his reindeer; and even the Paynesville Junior Bullettes.

The dwarves, including some unusual ones, go on strike at the gold mine against the evil queen, with the dwarves wanting shorter hours, more pay, and compensation for black lung. The play, according to the directors, involves parts of familiar stories and lots of imagination. Pelton and Teicher wrote the play five years ago and revised it for this year's mini-theater, including adding parts.

Cast of mini-theater The 40 students auditioned for parts on Monday, Feb. 27, and had seven rehearsals for the production. The play should last less than an hour with refreshments following.

Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for students. Preschoolers are free.

Making funny faces at rehearsal last week were: (front) Teirrah Syvertson, Kylie Bergman, Sydney Riley, Wesley Ford, Alyssa Meed, Megan Schmitt, Larry Carlson, and Katelyn Dingmann; (kneeling) Kaitlyn Haase, Mackenzie Haines, Allison Poepping, J.T. Gunderson, Bradley Zimmerman, Amanda Hawkinson, Noah Andersen, and Erik Malling; (middle) Taylor Buchta, Lauren Spaeth, John Ruprecht, Melissa Hawkinson, Rachel McCloud, Mitchell Floura, Kellen Andersen, and Amelia Malling; (standing) Victoria Clawson, Avery Davidson, Shelby Rolfhus, McKenna Evans, Randi Lemkuhl, Carly Lemkuhl, Natasha Meed, Taylor Loesch, Elizabeth Clawson, Matthew Floura, and Mackenzie Laughlin. Not pictures are Alyona Binsfeld, Deana Hartmann, and Kendra Hengel.

Friday, March 10, at 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 11, 1:30 p.m.

Community Education mini-theater will present - "The True Story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs?" - on Friday, March 10, at 7 p.m. and on Saturday, March 11, at 1:30 p.m. in the school auditorium. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for students; preschoolers are free.

Cast of Characters
Santa: John Ruprecht
Dasher: Alyona Binsfeld
Dancer: Elizabeth Clawson
Comet: Allison Poepping
Cupid: Erik Malling
Donder: Taylor Buchta
Blitzen: Wesley Ford
Rudolph: Hunter Voss
Snow White: Carly Lemkuhl
Prince: Kellen Andersen
Queen: Rachel McCloud/Kendra Hengel
Mirror: Matthew Anderson
Old MacDonald: Mitchell Floura
Horse: Alyssa Meed
Cow: Larry Carlson
Dog: Bradley Zimmerman
Cat: Wesley Ford
Lamb: Randi Lemkuhl
Pig: Matthew Floura
Happy: Teirrah Syvertson
Grumpy: Shelby Rolfhus
Drowsy: Amelia Malling
Nosey: McKenna Evans
Blushing: Avery Davidson
Donkey: Lauren Spaeth
Ralph: Taylor Loesch
Storytellers: Melissa Hawkinson, Natasha Meed, and Mackenzie Laughlin
Cowboys/Cowgirls: Allison Poepping, J.T. Gunderson, Amanda Hawkinson, Randi Lemkuhl, Elizabeth Clawson, Victoria Clawson, and Noah Andersen
Junior Bullettes: Sydney Riley, Mackenzie Haines, Kylie Bergman, Kaitlin Haase, Victoria Clawson, Katelyn Dingmann, Deana Hartmann, and Megan Schmitt

Directors: Colleen Pelton and Sue Teicher

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