Sponsored by Yeomans-Edinger Chiropractic Center, Horicon Bank, and Butzin-Marchant F.H. and supported by a grant from the Herman Schultz Fund within the Green Lake/Ripon Community Foundation.
Back by popular demand, ArtsPower National Touring Theatre's beloved Laura Ingalls Wilder chronicles the exciting adventures of the Ingalls family as they travel across the prairie in search of a little house to call home.
Based on Wilder’s own childhood experiences, which she began recording in her 60s, this original musical delights young audiences with the adventures of the spirited pioneer girl and her family.
Laura Ingalls Wilder follows the tomboyish Laura, her older sister Mary, her Ma, and her Pa as they travel across the unsettled frontier of the late-1800s American Midwest. Many challenges threaten the Ingalls family’s security, including Indian attacks, disease, and devastating crop losses; powered by their devotion to each other and an unwavering "pioneering spirit," however, they are able to overcome anything.
The show features a lush musical score with five original songs, among them "Move On," which captures the restlessness and excitement of loading up the covered wagon to find a new home, and "Fishin’," a duet in which Laura and Pa laugh and share tall tales at a favorite fishing hole.
Mrs. Ingalls would like Laura to pay more attention to her studies, but lessons make Laura feel like a misfit – especially when she compares herself unfavorably to the "smarter" Mary.
Yet in the end, it is love for Mary that helps Laura overcome her insecurities. When Mary is blinded by scarlet fever, Laura becomes her sister’s eyes. She entertains Mary with outlandish descriptions of everything around them in another of the show’s songs, "Seein’ Things I Never Saw Before." In the process, Laura discovers that her own talent for storytelling, the same talent that will someday bring her national fame as one of America’s best-loved children’s authors.