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Prairie Fire Children’s camp registrations being accepted [UPDATED]

Published 10:12am Thursday, April 25, 2013 Updated 12:13pm Thursday, April 25, 2013

Registration is open for the 27th annual Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre Day Camp in Barrett.

This year’s musical production “Pinocchio,” has roles for 74 young people. Camp will be held Monday – Thursday, Aug. 5 through 8 from noon to 5 p.m. with performances Friday through Sunday, Aug. 9 through 11.

Schedules on show days will vary. Registration is open to anyone aged 7 to 18 on a first come first served basis.

All campers are guaranteed a part in the play and participation in a theatrical workshop schedule. This year’s theme will be the Italian comedy technique Commedia dell’arte, which incorporates improvisation and larger than life physical comedy.

All rehearsals and performances will be held at West Central Area Secondary School in Barrett.

Car pool lists will be available as well as host families for out of town campers who find travel prohibitive.

Since their first camp in 1987, Prairie Fire has brought hundreds of young people together from throughout the Midwest to collaborate on theatrical projects. The camp offers a rare opportunity for kids to learn about theatre while building friendships that can last a lifetime.

Last year’s “Alladin and his Magic Lamp,” camp was attended by more than 70 young people representing more than 40 communities and five states.

The camp is conducted by a team of three professional actor/directors from Prairie Fire’s staff.

This year’s crew includes veteran Jeremy Day of Spenser, Wis., who entertained audiences in last year’s camp as the Evil Magician in “Alladin;” and newcomers Allison Scherer of Geneseo, Ill., and Lukas Newsome of Albany, Ga.

For more information on registering or becoming a host family, please call 320-528-2596 or visit where you can download a registration form. Thanks to another generous donation, a number of scholarships are also available for this year’s camp.


Kaddatz Kidz art workshops planned

The first of the spring art workshop for kids in grades K-3, sponsored by Kaddatz Gallery, is Saturday. There is still time to register. Students will explore landscape, color, texture, and shape while creating their own collage with cloud shapes.

The full schedule of classes is:

• April 20: Cloud Collage, Naomi Schliesman

• April 27: Drawing and Painting, Laura Youngbird

• May 4: Self Portraits, Sara Ronnevik

Workshop fee is $15 per class or $40 for all three classes. Space is limited. Contact the Gallery for more information or to register, 218-998-4405.


Fergus bands

to perform Monday

The Fergus Falls Band Program will present its All-School Jazz Concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, at the Kennedy Auditorium.

Admission will be free for this concert. The concert will feature the Middle School Jazz Band as well as the High School Jazz II and Jazz I.

Schmitt Music has sponsored professional trombone player Michael B. Nelson to be a guest clinician and performer with the Fergus Falls music students. Michael B. Nelson has distinguished himself as the leader, composer, arranger, and trombonist for the internationally acclaimed, 5-piece a cappella jazz horn group, the HORNHEADS.

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