Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre, a touring company, is putting on a production of a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
The cast includes children from the Montevideo community, ages ranging from 7 to 16, coming together to put on the production.
The play is directed by two Prairie Fire employees, Allison Scherer and Lukas Newsome. They are also on stage, playing the parts of Puck, the fairy, and Bottom, the donkey.
The Prairie Fire Theatre visits Montevideo every summer, performing a different production every time. Prairie Fire is based in Minnesota, but travels to neghboring states as well, including South Dakota, North Dakota, Illinois and others. Montevideo is the last place they will be performing before they summer season ends.
Scherer and Newsome greatly enjoy being able to do this with the kids. “Being part of a beginning theater expeerience is my favorite part,” said Scherer. “For some kids it’s the beginning of a future in theater, or even maybe just a fun experience. Seeing kids find theater to be something they love is my favorite part of doing this.”
“It is so rewarding to continue the art of theater with kids in such a unique way,” added Newsome.
The kids auditioned Monday for the 75 roles in the cast. They are rehearsing every day from 1 to 5 p.m. unril Friday, when they give two performances at the Fine Arts Center at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m.
Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and students.