Actors of all ages love summer theatre

Every summer our region offers youth a chance to get involved in theatre productions. 

The opportunities for kids to test their acting chops throughout this region is amazing. Here is a small sampling of how youth are keeping active on stage or behind the scenes:

 The cast of "Music Man" at a Center for the Arts in Fergus Falls.

The cast of "Music Man" at a Center for the Arts in Fergus Falls.

 Special theatrical events, like Dr. John Newman's one-man show "The Man Behind the Curtain" pop up throughout the summer. Dr. Newman's show, performed in two Fergus Falls locations on July 31, has him become the Wizard of Oz book author Frank L. Baum.

Special theatrical events, like Dr. John Newman's one-man show "The Man Behind the Curtain" pop up throughout the summer. Dr. Newman's show, performed in two Fergus Falls locations on July 31, has him become the Wizard of Oz book author Frank L. Baum.

  • The Center for the Arts in Fergus Falls spends most of July practicing and performing youth musicals. With more than 200 kids involved - everyone who tries out is cast - there are two full casts doing the same show. Cast one rehearsed in the morning, cast two in the afternoon, and the shows alternate during performance weekend. This past June, they enjoyed putting on Peter Pan Jr.

  • Folks around little Barrett (pop 415) enjoy the productions of Prairie Wind Players for nearly 40 years! In that same community is Prairie Fire Children's Theatre is a professional touring theatre company that brings one-week residency experiences to communities throughout Minnesota and even neighboring states. They hold a summer theatre camp in Barrett and offer workshops.

  • From a tiny community to the largest in our region, the Trollwood Performing Arts School in Moorhead offers nine annual arts education, youth leadership and performance programs. Their summer show, Hello, Dolly!, just wrapped up. They operate one of the best outdoor venues in the upper midwest, the Bluestem Center for the Arts.

  • Students around Alexandria are fortunate to have creative opportunities with Andria Theatre’s Student Theatre Project. They offer this summer theatre camp and performing arts experience for children ages 10 through 18. Oh, actors of all ages can participate year-round!

  • You can catch the youth production of "The Wizard of Oz" in Detroit Lakes later this August. The Historic Holmes Theatre offers this chance for students grades 1-12 and they are 100% full! Earlier this summer, you could catch Annie, Jr. If you lived in Hawley, just west of Detroit Lakes, your kids could have been in Disney's Aladdin.

Throughout the rest of the year our schools and communities boast strong arts programs. So if a child loves the stage, west central Minnesota has many of them!

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