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Paynesville Press - March 16, 2005

Mini-theater to stage virus-infected fairy tale

By Michael Jacobson

Nearly 30 local students - both from the elementary and middle schools - will present the comic play, "Fairy Tale Bits and Bytes," this weekend in the school auditorium.

mini  theatre Perfomances will be staged on Friday night at 7 p.m. and on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.

Participating in the mini-theater production of "Fairy Tale Bits and Bytes" are: (front) Susan Voss, Leah Wander, Wesley Ford, Tiffany Platow, Katelyn Hoeft, Taylor Buchta, Teirrah Syvertson, and Matthew Anderson; (middle) Tyler Kortlever, Mackenzie Laughlin, Shelby Rolfus, Haley Thompson, Jebb Davidson, Matthew Rossler, Baylee Lahr, Paige Schmitt, Rachel McCloud, and Avery Davidson; (back) Anna Currens, Kayla Soderberg, McKenna Evans, Kaitlin Burlingame, Kristine Hoeft, Lauren Spaeth, Patrick Hoeft, and Kellen Anderson. They will perform their play on Friday, March 18, at 7 p.m. and on Saturday, March 19, at 1:30 p.m. in the school auditorium.

In the play, an evil computer virus invades the disk containing children's beloved fairy tales and nursery rhymes, causing confusion and threatening to permanently change the familiar stories. The virus causes all the story characters to be mixed together in the wrong stories.

Imagine Little Red Riding Hood's confusion when the wolf in the woods asks her about the three little pigs instead of the way to her grandmother's house!

Bit and Byte are computer chips who try to set things right by defeating the computer virus before it infects other computers.

Things look so bad, though, that even the witch from Hansel and Gretel and the queen from Snow White help to foil the virus.

Bit and Byte save the day, the audience helps sort the characters to their proper stories, and Little Red Riding Hood begins as it should.

Community Education's mini-theater, directed again by Colleen Pelton and Sue Teicher, involves 29 students from kindergarten to eighth grade. Interested students were auditioned and cast for parts on Monday, March 7. The students will have had eight rehearsals before staging their play this weekend.

Mini-Theater Performances
Friday, March 18, 7 p.m. Saturday, March 19, 1:30 p.m.
Thirty students, from kindergarten to eighth grade, will present the play, "Fairy Tale Bits and Bytes," on Friday night and Saturday afternoon in the school auditorium as part of mini-theater through Community Education. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for students; preschoolers are free.

Cast of Characters
Fairy Tale Bits and Bytes
Queen: Kaitlin Burlingame
Witch: Kristine Hoeft
Virus 1: Kellen Andersen
Virus 2: Matthew Anderson
Red 1: Rachel McCloud
Red 2: Bayley Lahr
Byte 1: Susan Voss
Byte 2: Shelby Rolfus
Bit 1: Patrick Hoeft
Bit 2: Lauren Spaeth
Goldi 1: Teirrah Syvertson
Goldi 2: Leah Wander
Wolf 1: Jebb Davidson
Wolf 2: Paige Schmitt
Pig 1: Katelyn Hoeft
Pig 2: Taylor Buchta
Momma 1: Kayla Soderberg
Momma 2: McKenna Evans
Peter: Tyler Kortlever
Smiley: Avery Davidson
Crabby: Anna Currens
Silly: Wesley Ford
Cindy: Crystal Roberts
Jack Horner: Tiffany Platow
Jack Hill: Matthew Rossler
Jack Be Nimble: Haley Thompson
Beanstalk Jack: Mackenzie Laughlin
Directors: Colleen Pelton and
Sue Teicher
Stage Managers: Jared Eickhoff and Karla Leitzman

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