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Children's Theatre brings seriousness, comedy to Mitchell

The Pepsi-Cola Theatre for the Performing Arts in Mitchell. (Republic file photo)

It's getting serious at the Mitchell Area Community Theatre.

The latest children's theater production, called "The Bard of Ballyfiddle," is one of the most serious yet, and audiences will have to see it for themselves.

"The Bard of Ballyfiddle" follows the students at the Sheldon R. Serious School, where the principal just implemented the "Serious Plan for Serious Education." The plan features a no-joy policy and eliminates music.

The approximately 40-minute production, hosted by South Dakota's Dakota Players, will take place 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Pepsi-Cola Theatre for the Performing Arts. Tickets are all general admission and cost $8.

The production continues when a Bard and a Mysterious Symphony of Sound show up at the school, exposing students to the magical world of Ballyfiddle. It's here the students learn to listen to their hearts and devise a plan to restore joy to the school.

The production is hosted by Dakota Players — an outreach of the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer — who provide week-long residencies throughout South Dakota communities. The residency includes five days of rehearsal for children that ends with a public showing.