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Buena Vista students will put on a special theater production of 'Magic Show' to encourage imagination in SL school children

Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Julie Pedersen, Storm Lake, has been cast in Buena Vista University's Interim production of the Magic Theatre.

The unique production is under the direction of Dr. Michael Whitlatch, professor of speech and drama and dean of the School of Communication & Arts, and will be performed for students in kindergarten through the fourth grade at area elementary schools in Storm Lake. The time and dates for those shows are being finalized this week.

BVU's January Interim session takes place between the fall and spring semesters and is designed to provide a unique learning experience by allowing students to spend nearly four weeks studying a single topic of interest.

Magic Theatre is currently the most produced children's production in the United States, a title it has held for several years. The "magic" evolves through imagination when actors spring to their feet and proclaim "I'm fire!," or "I'm a yellow submarine!," and act out their parts to the delight of the kids in attendance.

A series of approximately 15 scenes make up the performance, including "Animals," "The Land of Yellow," and "The Journey of the Kiss." Weaved throughout the show are subtle lessons, including tolerance for others.

Pedersen is a junior, majoring in elementary education at Buena Vista University.

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