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Kids Embrace Summer Theater Program

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Bismarck theater programs seem to be growing every year.

More and more kids are learning the value of the arts at a young age.

Stephanie Scheurer takes you to Dakota Stage.

Sarah has been acting since she was little.

Her interest sparked from watching countless movies as a child.

"I really like that all the emotion that people experience can be conveyed through facial expressions and if an actor can achieve that, I think that's really cool," says Sarah Huebschwerlen, Sophomore.

Shade Tree Players is a summer theater program that provides opportunities for the children of the Bismarck-Mandan area, ages seven to 18 to develop and grow their theatrical talents.

"They're in their third rehearsal and just learning each other's names and learning each other's personalities and kind of starting to work as an ensemble which is really part of the experience," says Amber Bernhardt, Executive Director.

This summer, the program is putting on eight productions.

Every day, Dakota Stage is filled with the smiles and laughter of kids rehearsing for their roles.

"I'm also a page too. I like, announce for the king," says Rylie Fode, 5th Grader.

"I think it's so important for any community to have a theater program for kids. I think kids are really underserved in the arts across the country and it's up to us as individuals with a creative drive to provide it for them," says Bernhardt.

Standup: "There's something special about acting at a young age. These kids embrace their roles and aren't afraid to be someone they're not."

"I am the humbug. And the humbug's like super arrogant," says Sarah.

Sarah and her theater friends share a bond...

And they know that it's not about being the best actor in town...

but about being a part of a group that shares a love for creativity and the arts.

In Bismarck, Stephanie Scheurer, KX news.

For more information on this summer's productions or how to get your child involved, go to

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