Date:   4/12/2008

Little House on the Prairie series comes to life on stage at Thrasher.



ArtsPower National Touring Theatre brings the beloved classic; Laura Ingalls Wilder story, to the stage of the historic Thrasher Opera House for a 3 p.m. matinee performance on Saturday, April 12 .  The musical 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 audiences, young and old alike, 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.


This special afternoon matinee is sponsored in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin, with additional support from TARGET and Aurora Health Care.  Tickets for the performance are only $8 and can be purchased at the Thrasher office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake State Bank (Green Lake); Pick N’ Save, Ripon Drug (Ripon); Twister (Princeton) or by calling (920) 294-4279.  Online tickets available at 




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