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Curtain goes up on Children's Theater Tell North Platte what you think
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Little Bo Peep (Shekynan Hodgen) and sheep (Ella Harmon).
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Goldilocks (Kinsley Ballentine), at left, joins Bo Peep
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Mistress Mary (Beth Goentzel), quite contrary
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Cast members at curtain call. (click on images to enlarge)
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Newspaper reporter, broadcaster and town crier, at right, with some of the pigs' family.
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Spider (Aidian McAdam) and Miss Muffet (Ciera Guthrie).
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The clerk, Olivia Phillips, reads the charges
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Presiding Judge Wise O Al (Jaylee Shaner)

The Summer Children’s Theatre opened Saturday at the North Platte Community Playhouse.  

This year's production is "The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf," and featured more than 40 children in the cast.  

In the play, the Big Bad Wolf was put on trial, charged with destruction of the pigs houses. The wolf claimed he was a victim because the pigs burned his tail, tricking him so he went down their chimney, landing in a pot of boiling water.

The pigs said the wolf blew down two other houses, obviously posing a threat to their lives. Other storybook characters were called to testify or just came to watch the trial.

The news media sensationalized the proceedings. The town crier came under their influence.

At the end, the jury found the wolf guilty, but the jury also assigned blame on the pigs for burning the tail. The wolf and the pigs got together and pointed fingers at others in the courtroom. Red Riding Hood should not be talking to strangers -- especially the wolf.

They said Little Bo Peep should have taken better care of her sheep and accused Old King Cole was smoking a pipe in a non-smoking building.

Jack Spratt and his wife were accused of poor hygine for licking the platter clean. Jack and Jill were accused of impersonating royalty since Jack was wearing a crown when he fell down.

Performances were held at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Admission was a free-will donation.


The cast:

Reporter - Kyrie Jenny

Newscaster - Emberleigh Lehman

Town Crier - Brenna McAdam

Clerk - Olivia Phillips

Amadeus Pig - Ryleigh Lampe

Marcellus Pig - Rachel Young

Bartholomew Pig - Isabel Roberg

Wolf - Sam Mackley

Little Miss Muffet - Ciera Carlson

Spider - Aidan McAdam

Little Red Riding Hood - Dakota Guthrie

Old King Cole - Gabe Jenny

Jack - Oban Sandoval

Jill - Chloe Wiegand

Mistress Mary - Beth Goentzel

Little Bo Peep - Shekynah Hodgen

Little Bo Peep’s sheep - Ella Harmon

Jack Sprat - Danny Phillips

Mrs. Sprat - Rileigh Rawles

Tom Tom the Piper’s Son - Hunter Hothan

Humpty Dumpty - Cassie Brown

Cinderella - Libby Empfield

Wise O Al – Jaylee Shaner

Girl - Abby Young

3 Blind Mice - Hailey Guthrie, Jaylee Bonta, Ellie Blakely

Wolf’s Family - Rebecca Ady, Memphis Brown, Morgan Fischer, Rylee Schroeder

Pig’s Family - Kaylee Carlson, Daytona Kempter, Karisa Lower, Lisselle Lucas

Goldilocks - Kinsley Ballentine

Tortoise and Hare - Skylar Stethen, Savanna States

Assistant Directors - Kelli Carlson, George Gipe, Drew Phillips, Emma Petersen, Bridget McKeon and Darian Myers

The director was Scott Carlson.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 7/28/2014
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