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February 20, 2014

Children's theater brings fairy tales to life this weekend


Fiona Davis, a 10-year-old student at Franklin Elementary, is glad to play Henny Penny in “Poultry in Motion” — and is happy she doesn’t have any other parts to distract her.

It’s her first time in a Junior Civic Theater production, she said, and the short play is just enough to whet her appetite without overwhelming her.

She’s in good company. Just eight of the 20 children involved in “Little Red” and “Poultry in Motion” have appeared in a Junior Civic Theater production before, Buchanan said.

“I’m also glad I didn’t get put in both, like some people,” Fiona added. Her 39 lines are enough to memorize.

But her mother is no stranger to Junior Civic Theater. Andrea Davis was involved in the organization as a child, starting with “The King and I” in the early 1990s, she said.

“I was in JCT for many, many years, so it’s neat to see her do this,” Davis said.

Children in both plays have been fighting the weather to attend enough rehearsals before opening night Saturday. It’s been the biggest challenge the organization has faced during the production, Buchanan said.

“We’ve got kids from out around Lewis Cass, Pioneer, and just out around here in the country,” she explained.

Performances of “Little Red and the Riding Hoods” and “Poultry in Motion” are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Logansport Mall community room. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Sarah Einselen is news editor at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at or 574-732-5151. Twitter: @PharosSME


Cast members 'Little Red and the Riding Hoods' Narrator -- Piper Nacke Stagehand -- Scarlett Gonzalez Little Red Riding Hood -- Rebecca Pawlowski Hoods/Forest -- Nevaeh Gordon, Jenna Roeske, Kaitlin Weldy, Kyah Preston, Lily Walthery, Ian Snoeberger and Emma Ehle Mother -- Diana Pearson Little Red -- Sarah Pawlowski Robin Hood -- Jerett Shupperd Wolf -- Xavier Gordon Granny -- Claire Miller Fairy Godsister 1 -- Emily Harmon Fairy Godsister 2 -- Jordan Henry 'Poultry in Motion' Foxy Loxy -- Ian Snoeberger Chicken Little -- Scarlett Gonzalez Henny Penny -- Fiona Davis Cocky Locky -- Xavier Gordon Little Red Hen -- Sarah Pawlowski Ducky Lucky -- Nellie Walthery Goosey Lucy -- Emma Ehle Mallard Drake -- Jerett Shupperd Zander Gander -- Lily Walthery Tori Turkey -- Claire Miller Tina Turkey -- Rebecca Pawlowski

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