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THE TORTOISE VERSUS THE HARE presented by the Flambeau Valley Arts Association and the Missoula Childrens' Theatre

Feb 16, 2013 3:00pm and 7:30pm

Ladysmith High School Auditorium
The Flambeau Valley Arts Association proudly presents the Missoula Childrens' Theatre production of THE TOURTOISE VERSUS THE HARE with performances scheduled for Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 3:00pm and 7:30 pm, at the Ladysmith high School Auditorium. Tickets are available at the door, $8/adult, $3/students, and students with a paying adult are free ($12 for an armband for admission to both shows). Auditions for students from Kindergarten to 12 grade, on Monday, February 11, 2013 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. The first rehearsal immediately following from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. Rehearsals will continue Tuesday thru Friday for approximately 4 ½ hours each day at the Ladysmith High School Auditorium.

Somewhere in desert country, the inhabitants of West Sandy Bottoms are preparing for the highlight of their year – the annual race between the Reptiles and the Mammals. A company of strolling actors attempts to tell the tale in classical fashion. The Hare’s weasely managers brag about their racing star as the various reptiles assemble to choose their candidate. Fan clubs are preparing their cheers as the big day draws near. Philoh Ferret reminds the racing fans that his service station is for “mammals only.” As we see the race through the eyes of a TV news team covering the event, we soon discover that there is more than a sporting rivalry between the brown animals and the green animals. Loyalties to their specific colors create a real animosity among these creatures. Sound familiar? As the race proceeds, a tiny bunny is lost in the wilds of Tornado Gulch and, almost miraculously, color is forgotten as the mammals and reptiles join in the search. The wisdom of the old tortoise and the lesson learned by the cocky hare remind us all that “color is just a color – it’s just decorated skin.” In the end, the animals realize the folly of their ways and live happily together in their sandy home.

For more information, please contact Marita Goffin at 715.532.7466 or fvaa1978@yahoo.com.

This performance is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the state of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Marita Goffin - 715.532.7466 - fvaa1978@yahoo.com