Youth production of 'Holka Polka!' slated for this week in Paxton

Youth production of 'Holka Polka!' slated for this week in Paxton

PAXTON — The Tri-County Children's Theatre Workshop will present "Holka Polka!" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Market Street Theatre.

The presentation is the culmination of the Tri-County Players' first children's theater workshop, which has been meeting for months.

The cast for the play, written by D.M. Larson, consists of eight Paxton-area children in grades 3-8.

"Our workshop provides an opportunity for interested children to learn theatrical skills, to see how a show is put together from start to finish and with more than one performance," said Tom Janowski of Paxton, who co-directs the workshop with Tammy Belanger of Ludlow. "It's been amazing to see the progression of our students. They have gone from treating the workshop as simply a fun time to really working to develop their characters."

The participants were accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and were guaranteed parts in the production.

The story of "Holka Polka!" is a somewhat fractured compilation of a number of folk tales, nursery rhymes and characters, in which witches, wizards and royalty come together to figure out who cast a sleeping spell on the Prince. Many of the characters are highly misunderstood, even by themselves, and all work to come to terms with who they really are.

The cast: Kendra Johnson, Ciara Henry, Betsy Hendrix, Ethan Jaspar and Carson Vaughn of Paxton; Reese SanDiego of Loda; Camryn Ward of Buckley; and Dalton Smith of Fisher.

For reservations or other details, call 579-1099 or 493-2411, search for Paxton Market Street Theatre on Facebook.com or visit http://www.marketstreettheatre.com. Tickets are $5.

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