Fifteen eager young faces peer down from the stage as they listen intently for their instruction.
First-time director Cody Boyer sits in the audience, watching the rehearsal and taking notes on slight changes to where an actor should stand or deliver a line.
His assistant director, Graysen Gable, also takes notes–often conferring with Boyer on the feedback they will give following the scene practice.
Borealis Bards, the inter-generational community theatre program of Backus Community Center in International Falls, will produce an all-youth cast performance of “Anne of Green Gables” as the third event of its 2017-18 season.
Our youth program, the Junior Bards, will offer three showings this month on the Backus stage (located at 900 5th St. in the Falls).
Actors will range in age from seven-18.
This is the first full-length play for our youth program, and the first full-length youth production on the Backus stage in nearly 20 years.
The Bards also received a donation from the International Falls Rotary Chapter.
“Anne of Green Gables (Ashby Non-Musical)” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Performances will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24, and again at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 25.
Tickets are available at Betty’s in Fort Frances, City Drug and the Backus office in International Falls, J&D Family Foods in Littlefork, and at the door.
They cost $12 for adults, $6 for children, and $25 for families.