Quote of the Day: One day Mother Nature will terminate man’s lease on the land. Anthony T. Hincks

Another successful session of play writing in my Scriptfrenzy! Play off the Page workshop. I had eight creative and kind middle school aged students who created a play about the environment. I didn’t set out to have a play with a message, it just evolved. I gave them the setting and told them about my character. A Snow Queen in an ice cave who brings people there to teach them a lesson about hurting the Earth. They quickly took off on the idea creating the following characters:

Judy, a young girl who loves to be outside, befriends small creatures, and have adventures. She meets…

Cheddar, a mouse who gets in a little trouble, and is helped out by Judy. In the meantime, they are confronted by…

AndreLeaf, a mystical character who brings them to the Snow Queen.

Meanwhile, A Demon named Skylar and an Angel named Ally battle to inspire good and evil in the world. All in fun, until the planet gets hurt!

Prince Xalazar, who lives on the other side of the mountain, puts an evil curse on a wretched mountain climber named Randall. He needs to set an example for all the damage that explorers like him leave behind in pursuit of their own need for exploration.

The Snow Queen is aided by her friend Abominable Snowman (ASM, or Awesome) to search for good. When he can find only selfish behavior, he helps her bring the evil-doers to the cave and take them to task.

The Snow Queen has harsh actions, but for a noble cause. ASM just wants to help. Prince Xalazar creates mischief, and AndreLeaf turns into a very hungry Chungas which spurs on a greater need to get away and do better. The captives figure out what will confuse the Snow Queen. They get out and find ways to take care of the Earth. Just as the Snow Queen is losing hope, and life, they return with plants, tales of helping others and the Earth, and they can all be at peace, for now.

Mother Nature had a thing or two to say about our session times. We started the workshop at the end of January, had two sessions, then the Polar Vortex decended, and we canceled the next two! I extended the workshop an extra week into April, thinking, by then it will be nice out. Nope. We had to cancel our final day and performance because last Thursday, April 11, we had a Giant Thunder Snow Blizzard. Good grief. That’s Spring in Minnesota. We were finally able to perform last night. I said, “Mother Nature wanted a starring role in our play, and she got it.” Hurt not the Earth, or Mother Nature will let you know she’s angry!!!

The next session of Youth Theater Workshops in the Brainerd lakes are will take place in June. Check out the info. below.

Go. Create. Inspire!

And, Hurt not the Earth! 

Journaling Prompt: What do you do, or could you do, to aid sustainability of the Earth?


Registration is open for Summer Youth Theater Workshops. I’m so excited to meet all the creative students! And, Summer, can’t wait for Summer!!!!

Summer 2019 Youth Theatre Workshops!
We are happy to announce that Mary Aalgaard, Play off the Page, will be offering youth theatre workshops this June 2019 for students entering 1st-4th and 5th-9th grades!
June 10-14 • Entering Grades 1st-4th • Register by June 7, 2019
Students will have the opportunity to create their own characters and work together to create a play. Our theme will be Fairy Tale Island. In this enchanted world, characters come together to have a nice vacation, but something goes horribly wrong. They work together to solve the problem. We will work on acting skills, writing, and creating props and other artwork for our set. Performance for family and friends on the final day of class at 11:00
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June 17-21 • Entering Grades 5th-9th • Register by June 14, 2019
Students will have the opportunity to write scenes and develop characters for a play that we create together. The theme will be Extreme Adventure Camp. Campers have signed up for extreme adventures, but they quickly learn that more is at stake. They work together to discover clues to a mystery and return to camp with stories to tell. Students will also have the opportunity to create props, costumes, and other artwork for our set. Performance for family and friends on the final day of class at 11:00.
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Each group meets 10 a.m. – Noon
Dryden Theatre/CLC
Registration fee $55/person and is non-refundable.
To register, call: 218-855-8253