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The Classic tale ‘Pinocchio’ is presented at Houlton

Fifth-grader Ethan Hanson has a nose to nose encounter with Bryan Farthing, one of the Prairie Fire Directors as well as a character in the production. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Margaret A. Ontl)1 / 7
Spirits of the forest and friends are from the left Kaitlyn Bohl (fourth-grader), Nicole Hockin (third-grader), Gabby Hon (third-grader), Grace Mears (second-grader), Madeline Struve (fifth-grader), Adeline Mitchell (second-grader), Alora Mussehl (second-grader), Lucy Struve (second-grader), Kieran Schletty (second-grader) and Abigail Anderson (third-grader). (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Margaret A. Ontl)2 / 7
In the foreground are Jennifer Allman (director) and Cadence Robl (fifth-grader). The Holligans in back from left are Mason Dana (second-grader), Joshua LeCuyer (fifth-grader), Blake Myers (fifth-grader), Grace Baumgartner (fourth-grader) (partially hidden), Elizabeth Vizenor (fourth-grader) and Rybyann Mitchell (third-grader). (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Margaret A. Ontl)3 / 7
From the left are Piper Leeson (fifth-grader), Stella Brtek (third-grader) and Louis Favilla (fifth-grader). (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Margaret A. Ontl)4 / 7
From left, Gretchen Gunderzik and Eddie Huepfel gave the pre-performance welcome to the audience. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Margaret A. Ontl)5 / 7
Pictured are, front from left, Cashton Jaeger, Ezra Prescher, Sam Thein, Maverick Jaeger; second row, Emma McGrath, Charlie Thein, Iver Bakken, Addyson Wolfe and Grace Hedin; back, Louis Favilla, Caleb Terwey, Aidan Zinck, Claire Skwira, Abigail Lingenfelter and Addison Zinck. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Margaret A. Ontl)6 / 7
From the left are fifth-grader Ethan Hanson and fourth-grader Marisa Gunderson. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Margaret A. Ontl)7 / 7

Each time Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre comes to Houlton Elementary School the enthusiasm grows. This year over 90 students expressed an interest in participating. This year’s production, Pinocchio had roles for 75 students. Due to the keen interest of many students, a number of new production positions were designated for them.

Support positions filled this year by students included the following: sound and light, wardrobe manager, stage makeup, photographer’s assistant/photo editor, cast board, program creation, ushers/greeters, concession stand sales, free will donation collectors and pre-performance welcome/announcements.

After only 14 hours of rehearsal the students gave two performances of “Pinocchio” on March 28 at 2 p.m. and at 7 p.m.

The Houlton Parent Association in concert with Houlton Elementary School make possible the artist in residence program, Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre, a reality. Founded in 1987, it is professional touring theatre company based in Barrett, Minn. They are a recipient of the Minnesota Alliance for Arts in Education award for excellence. For more information, go to www.prairiefirechildrenstheatre.com.

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