Culture comes alive at ICD Days

Friday, June 17, 2022
(Sentinel Photo by Beverly Van Buskirk) Participants in the Le Mars Community Theater Youth Theater rehearse for their Ice Cream Days performance of “The Internet is Distract-Oh look a Kitten.”

LE MARS — Participants in the Le Mars Community Youth Theater have been busy preparing for their Ice Cream Days performance at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, June 18, on the Olson Cultural Events Center stage.

Co-directors for the project are Melanie Sailer and Tina Laskie.

“This is our second annual Youth Theater that is connected with the Le Mars Community Theater. We decided to do something for the kids and they are putting on a little play this year,” said Laskie.

The play is titled “The Internet is Distract-Oh look a Kitten” by Ian McWethy.

Laskie shared a bit about the play.

“It’s about a teenage girl who is supposed to be doing a report on ‘The Great Gatsby,’ and she’s on the Internet doing her research. However, she gets distracted by all kinds of stuff on the Internet, Facebook, Amazon, Google, and all the stuff that you can be distracted with,” Laskie said.

There are about 30 participants of all ages this year, up in number from last year.

“So we have tried to incorporate all 30 of them in various areas, doing backstage, work, painters, with all the kids doing the props. They’re learning their lines, memorizing, stage managing for us, costuming and more,” Laskie said.

She added they have great artists working on the props this year.

“We have flying pigs, we have grandma getting knocked over, and we have all kinds of fun costuming for one of the characters,” she said.

One character people will want to watch for is the big cat.

“The cat boxes, eats pizza, and more. This cat is kind of fun,” Laskie said with a laugh.

“It’s just going to be a great time and lots of fun. We hope people will come out and see our youth theater group,” she added.

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