'Holka Polka!' to be presented at Paxton theater

PAXTON — “Holka Polka!” will be presented by kids participating in the Tri-County Players’ first Children’s Theatre Workshop on Nov. 8-10 at Paxton’s Market Street Theatre. 

The play, written by D.M. Larson, consists of a cast of eight Paxton-area children in third through eighth grades.

Show times are set for 7 p.m. each day. For reservations or ticket information, call 579-1099 or 493-2411, or see Paxton Market Street Theatre on Facebook or at www.marketstreettheatre.com. 

The story of “Holka Polka!” is a somewhat fractured compilation of a number of well-known folk tales, nursery rhymes and characters, where witches, wizards and royalty come together to solve a mystery: who cast a sleeping spell on the prince? Many of the characters are highly misunderstood, even by themselves, and all work to come to terms with who they really are.

The show’s cast includes: Kendra Johnson, Ciara Henry, Betsy Hendrix, Ethan Jaspar and Carson Vaughn, all of Paxton; Reese SanDiego of Loda; Camryn Ward of Buckley; and Dalton Smith of Fisher. Each cast members portrays two or more characters, including a highly misunderstood wolf who swears he does not eat people, Pinnochio, a number of witches and warlocks, and Humpty Dumpty.

The Tri-County Players’ first Children’s Theatre Workshop provides an opportunity for interested children to learn theatrical skills and to see how a show is put together from start to finish, said Tom Janowski of Paxton, who co-directs the workshop with Tammy Belanger of Ludlow.

“It’s been amazing to see the progression of our students,” Janowski said. “They have gone from treating the workshop as simply a fun time, to really working to develop their characters.”
 

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