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'Sleeping Beauty' opens Friday

Avery Laursen, left, plays Morgana in "Sleeping Beauty," this summer's production from the Mitchell Parks and Recreation Department and the Mitchell Area Community Theatre, during practice Tuesday at the Pepsi-Cola Theatre in Mitchell. Taylor Graves, center, plays Diamond and Hannah Muth, right, plays Silver. (Jordan Steffen/Republic)

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