'Sleeping Beauty' opens Friday
Turns out, not every little girl wants to be a princess.
"No one wanted to be the princess, because no one wanted to do a kissing scene," said Maggie Smith, one of the co-directors/ instructors for this year's Parks and Rec/ACT Summer Theatre production, "Sleeping Beauty."
The play starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Pepsi-Cola Theatre in Mitchell. Tickets are $5, and available in advance from cast members or by contacting the ACT box office at 996-9137. All tickets are general admission.
Smith said the storyline is not exactly like the popular 1959 Walt Disney animated classic, but still follows the exploits of princess Aurora, some good and bad fairies, and a prince.
"It's pretty close to the fairy tale," Smith said.
"There's some kissing, which the kids hate," she added with a laugh.
Smith, who graduated from Mitchell High School this year, is one of three directors/instructors for this year's Park and Rec/ACT Summer Theatre. Shelby Riggs and Reed Muehler are the other directors/instructors.
Carm Roster, manager of the Area Community Theater, said the partnership between the Area Community Theatre and the Mitchell Parks and Recreation Department allows both groups to help each other reach audiences they normally wouldn't.
"We just help each other out," Roster said.
This year's show, which Smith said should last about an hour, boasts 28 participants. The program takes applicants on a first-come, first-serve basis for children who have completed grades three through seven. Smith said this year's group ranges in age from about 8 to 13.
Though she didn't participate in ACT children's productions, Smith said she was actively involved in theater in high school, and has enjoyed the opportunity to be involved in a different capacity.
"I enjoyed the kids," Smith said. "It's pretty fun to watch them get to know acting, and to watch them grow and developing."
Gold -- Abi Mika
Silver -- Hannah Muth
Diamond -- Taylor Graves
Ruby -- Katelyn Karhoff
Lilac -- Abby Rang
Daisy -- Logan Culhane
Iris -- Kelsey Joramo
Gardenia -- Isabella Lambert
Morgana -- Avery Laursen
Squire -- Hannah Morgan
Duchess -- Brooke Degen
Baroness -- Naomi Troutman
Duke -- Caleb Rothschadl
Madame Sophia -- Anna Scheurenbrand
King Alfred -- Nathan Brooks
Queen Beatrice -- Olivia Husmann
King Edward -- Edward Mason
Prince Ferdinand -- John Riggs
Garish -- Gabe Hebert
Grumble -- Grace Fuhrer
Gunter -- Maya Voelzke
Gus -- Kiersten Bathke
Aurora -- Kate Dailey
Bippity -- Gavin Styer
Ozzy -- Emilie Mika
Pasquale -- Lydia Fuhrer
Robin -- Megan Scheurenbrand
Dandy -- Anna Cooper