Magic beans in Rockford?

Allie Campbell belting it out in the opening act of “Jack and the Beanstalk.”
Allie Campbell belting it out in the opening act of “Jack and the Beanstalk.”

Students at Rockford Elementary Arts Magnet School (REAMS) spent a week participating in after school rehearsals to gain valuable experiences in theatre as they prepared for “Jack and the Beanstalk” with the Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre Company. From auditions to the final performances, 66 students in grades two through five spent an intense five days putting together a production of a much loved fairytale for friends, family and community members to enjoy.

Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre is a professional touring company that sends two professional actors/directors to a community for a one-week residency. Area children fill the roles, and Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre provides everything needed to do the show. After a week of rehearsing, the cast performs the play twice on the weekend.

REAMS student Ethan Scarbrough, who played Jack, shared that “It was really fun and I had a great time with the two awesome directors.  Learning all of my lines was a lot of work but it was worth the time.”

Nicolle Johnson, the student who played Jessie, shared her thoughts about her week with Prairie Fire Theatre.

“I really wanted a big part, to be involved as much as possible in the show.  I enjoyed seeing how the show changed throughout the week. I would definitely do it again.”

Brenda Petersmeyer, REAMS Principal, added, “The entire experience was invaluable for students who are already involved in the Arts Magnet School. It was a positive week of learning all aspects of the theatre, gaining valuable performance tools and sharing their many talents.”

The Prairie Fire Theatre Company experience was sponsored by Rockford Community Education.