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Tenth annual theater camp for GNTC in Cold Spring

Prairie Fire returns with ‘Sleeping Beauty.’

Once again, the Great Northern Theater Company (GNTC) brings Prairie Fire Children’s Theater Company to the Rocori area and everyone between the ages of 7 and 18 are invited for a fun-filled week of singing, dancing and acting as the play chosen for production is “Sleeping Beauty.”

Registration for GNTC’s summer theater camp will begin May 8 through Community Ed, and camp will be Monday-Friday, June 10-14 between 12-4:15 p.m.,
and will be performed Friday and Saturday nights, June 14 and 15, at 7 p.m. in the Rocori H.S. Auditorium. Registration is $40 for each child, but not to exceed $120 per family. You can also register at, at Payschools for these programs.

Prairie Fire is a children’s theater company who travel to various communities throughout the summer producing a week-long production in which the two directors who organize it, play the leads and the youth involved sing and dance and have supporting roles depending on their capabilities. Everyone has something to do, nobody is left out. Games and outside activities are also planned during the week.

Auditions are held at 12 p.m. Monday, June 10, in the Rocori High School auditorium. (Auditions: Parts are assigned to paid registrants based on an audition process the directors instruct them with). Immediately following auditions, they will begin practicing the children for their roles. Practices will continue Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from
12 to 4:15 p.m., and dress rehearsal will be on Friday of that week at an announced time. The participants are provided with a small snack (bag of crackers and a box of juice) compliments of the Great Northern Theater Company, but you may send additional snack if you think this would not be sufficient for your child or dietary restrictions would apply.

Performances will be held at the Rocori High School auditorium on Friday and Saturday, June 14 and 15 at 7 p.m. Tickets will be $5 for adults and $4 for students (K-12). Parents are needed to help with hair, makeup and noise control on performance nights in the choir room where the actors stay when they’re not on stage. Also parents are needed to help occupy the actors during rehearsals when other groups are being worked with. Anyone interested in helping out, please contact Lois Rieffer either before June 10 or that first Monday of rehearsals. Any and all help is greatly appreciated.

Upon registration, a form will be available at Community Ed office for all participants’ parents to fill out and return before or on the first day of rehearsals. Forms are required and will be available at auditions if you forget yours.

With the cooperation of Community Education, registration for this summer theater camp will begin May 1 at the Rocori Community Education office located in DEF (District Education Facility-former Middle School). If you are interested in enrolling your child and need more information regarding this camp, please call Lois Rieffer at (320) 309-4198 (all messages will be promptly returned) and watch the Cold Spring Record for further information on “Sleeping Beauty,” and GNTCs summer performances of “Guys and Dolls” which is being directed by Brad Busse and auditions are the end of May. So keep an eye out for more information on a summer full of spectacular theatrical classics.

The story line of this adaptation of “Sleeping Beauty” is a bit different from what we’re used to. This one is a movie company in the 30s trying to produce a movie, and everything that can go wrong … will go wrong. A comedy of errors. Sounds like a very cute and interesting rendition of one of America’s classic fairy tales. Be a part of the fun this summer and put a smile on your child’s face, by the time we get to performance, there’s not a child onstage who isn’t smiling and having a great time, meeting other children their age, singing, dancing and acting. What child wouldn’t have a blast! Sign up now.

Lois Rieffer