Englert to get Wilder

BY DI STAFF | MAY 15, 2014 5:00 AM

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A tale from another time in America’s history is coming to Iowa City.

The story of Laura Ingalls Wilder will be performed at the Englert Theater, 221 E. Washington St., at 10 a.m. Friday. Admission is $5.

The musical chronicles Wilder’s journey with her family across the country. Along the way they face several obstacles, including scarlet fever and eviction from their land. The story is meant to be an uplifting tale of the strength of family and the pioneering spirit.

The show is presented by ArtsPower, a theater company dedicated to children’s theater. Its mission is two-fold. First, it seeks to provide kids with the opportunity to experience theater. Through theater, the troupe also endeavors to provide kids with character education and foster self-expression and a desire to read.

The nonprofit began in 1985, and it has created 27 original musicals and dramas — several of which have been based on books often read by young people. Friday’s play is inspired by the true story of the American author who, through several autobiographical books, tells about her family’s adventures, trials, and travels across the unsettled Midwest of the United States.

The show is appropriate for ages 2 to 6 and is intended to connect to education on several fronts including an emphasis on family relationships, history, literature, communication skills, music, and values.

Interested parents and teachers may download games and teaching materials at the ArtsPower website to help increase children’s understanding of the show.

—  by Cassidy Riley

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