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Kristi Thelen introduced The Ghosts of Minnesela at the Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center PumpkinFest in Oct. The museum will host “Christmas Card Carolers”  from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 9.

Butte County Staff

BELLE FOURCHE | The Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center will expand its museum theater program with a special “Play Off the Page” experience just for students in kindergarten through second grades.

Students rehearse the play, “Christmas Card Carolers” from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 9. The play then is immediately performed for family and friends.

The play is a holiday comedy about the ups and downs of some children who are preparing to go caroling. Once they have learned their carols, they venture out on Christmas Eve, but become lost in a dense fog. The sound of sleigh bells alerts them to the presence of a nearby home, where they are welcomed by a cheery but mysterious lady.

“This kind of theater experience is ideal for young children who’d like to have the experience of being in a play but don’t want something too complicated, or requiring a series of rehearsals,” said Kristi Thielen, museum and visitor center director.

Thielen wrote and will direct the production. “The storyline is narrator-driven and the few lines spoken are joint lines that are prompted by the narrator or a stage manager,” she said.

Thielen has written and directed a number of Plays Off the Page, for students of different ages.

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“We expect to do more in the future and thought that beginning with a holiday play was a good way to kick off this program,” Thielen said.

Pre-registration is required. Admission is $2 per child or free with museum membership. There is no admission charge for the family and friends who come to the noon performance.

To register call 723-1200.

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