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A youth movement: ‘Fairy Tale Courtroom’ opens Nov. 3 as Blackduck fall play

The cast of "Fairytail Courtroom" in their first read-through of parts on Sept. 11. Submitted photo.

BLACKDUCK -- More than 50 students signed up to work on Fairy Tale Courtroom, the fall play at Blackduck High School.

Director Jennifer Parker said the majority of the cast and crew is underclassmen and junior high students.

“I have a very young cast and crew,” Parker said. “It's definitely a rebuilding year.”

10th-grader Rachel Roberts will play a witch who’s an amalgamation of several fairy tale witches from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, the Wizard of Oz, and more. Jastyn Rodgers, a ninth-grader, will play the big bad wolf, who’s a similarly-styled stand-in for several furry fairy tale villains.

A pair of seniors, though, will try the case in front of junior Caroline Cheney. The prosecutor who will prosecute the witch and the wolf is played by Andrew Metzler, and his character will spar with a defense attorney played by Logen Patch. Both can call a series of other archetypal character to the witness stand to testify.

“They each tell their part of the story,” Parker said. “It's got a lot of really funny lines in it, lots of plays on words.”

And the jury? That’ll be portrayed by the audience itself, who will get to decide guilt or innocence by applause.

“Whoever yells the loudest, basically,” Parker joked. “So there are alternate endings for a guilty verdict or an innocent verdict. We're kind of hoping we'll get some of each when we do our performances.”

Dress rehearsals are set to begin in late October, and the full-fledged performances are scheduled Nov. 3-5.

If you go:

What: Fairy Tale Courtroom, Blackduck High School’s fall play

When: Dinner theater show is 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3; Other public performances are 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5

Where: Blackduck High School, 156E 1st St NE, Blackduck.

Price: $22 for dinner theater tickets, which must be reserved by calling (218) 835-5210. Saturday and Sunday performance prices are $10 for adults, $5 for students and those 65 and older, and free for non-student children.

Joe Bowen

Joe Bowen covers education (mostly K-12) and American Indian affairs for the Bemidji Pioneer.

He's from Minneapolis, earned a degree from the College of St. Benedict - St. John's University in 2009, and worked at the Perham Focus near Detroit Lakes and Sun Newspapers in suburban Minneapolis before heading to the Pioneer.

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