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Youths present 'Cinderella'

While most are familiar with the story of “Cinderella,”Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre presented a 1950s interpretation of this beloved fairy tale last week that wowed the crowds at Wadena Memorial Auditorium.

The week-long Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre Camp, July 8 to 13, included a cast of 34 youths ranging from 6 to 14 years old from Wadena and the surrounding area.  The cast practiced a total of 10 hours under the direction of professional actors Bridget Leary and Gannon Styles. Leary and Styles are members of the Prairie Fire touring camp, which is based out of Barrett, Minn.

According to Kent Schmidt, who coordinates the camp in Wadena, Prairie Fire provides a fun theater experience for kids who want to get on stage for the first time, and for those who are more seasoned actors. 

This year’s performers included: Raine Curtis, Kate Schmidt, Christina O’Keefe, Tori Lee, Brenna Leeseberg, Emily Zeigler, Mitchel Haman, Kirstan Finn, Kaylin Lupkes, Graci Hendershot, Morgan Harrison, Katelyn Gardner, Emma Taggart, MacKenzie Heino, Maya Crandall, Kylie Muchow, Anna Church, Ava Peterson, KatieRae Fiemeyer, Ryann Schmidt, Elissa Ikola, Morgen Bauer, Corra Endres, Maggie Carlson, Elena Ikola, Zoe Schmidt, Jean Lund Olsen, Michael Schmidt, Gavin Kiser, Brody Connor, Kelanie Oldakowski, Anna Fiemeyer and Lidia Ness. Tech crew included: Taylor Dirks and Beth Schmitz.

Schmidt wanted to acknowledge the following contributors who made Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre possible: Wadena-Deer Creek Community Education, Wadena Friends of the Library, Wadena Medical Center, Tri-County Health Care and Five Wings Arts Council.

Schmidt said next year’s presentation will be another classic tale: “Jack & The Beanstalk.”