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Photo by Don Benjamin London Summers portrays lightning in last week's production of 'Spring: Nature Explains' as Winnie Hirsch (playing narrator 'Belinda Nature') and Hunter Voss (playing 'Weatherman') look on. The kids are Cedaredge residents. Children

Last Friday marked the inaugural performance by young thespians from Cedaredge's summer theatre camp and the show was a memorable one. A capacity crowd of all ages packed into the Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center's Bank of Colorado Theater to enjoy an original musical play entitled, 'Spring: Nature Explains.'

The play was written by Cedaredge residents Nancy and Gary Sturgil. Nancy and fellow Cedaredge resident, Brenda Anderson co-directed the performance. Brenda also served as song director with lyrics by herself and Gary Sturgil. The pianist was Mary Locke of Cedaredge.

Over two dozen children and young people were involved in the production. The acting cast members included Winnie Hirsch of Cedaredge who portrayed 'Belinda Nature.' Winnie served as the chief narrator of the play. She introduced a variety of weather-related characters and received knowing applause when she reminded the audience that anything from sunshine to snow can happen on any given day in Colorado.

Other Cedaredge players included Cambree Hanson (Butterfly); Hunter Voss (Weatherman); Izzy and Maya Cerise and Kelsea Kissner (Farmers); London Summers (Cloud); Gus Hirsch (Earth); Mary Locke (Sun); Ava Cooper (Lightning); Colt Camp (Rain) and Emmanuel Barajas (Wind). Other cast members included Eckert residents Zander Gonzales (Snow) and brothers Jack (Munchie the Caterpillar) and Benji Jordan (who helped sing the Weather and Metamorphosis Songs).

For a finale, the entire cast, along with camp counselors, sported red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet outfits as they assembled on stage and invited the audience to join them in singing the Rainbow Song.

The backstage and stagecraft crew included Cedaredge residents Keaton Sanders (production manager); Logan Locke (props & T-shirt design); Isaak Kuzov and Issac Tullis (sound effects); and Nolan Hanson (technician). Quinnton Flores of Austin took care of the production's business matters and Addie Collins of Delta provided makeup.

Four Cedaredge High School students served as junior camp counselors: Adison Arnett, Emaleigh Moorehead, Winnie Hirsch and Hunter Campbell. Adult counselors were Cedaredge residents Karen Locke, Richard Udd, Ginny Stohler and Karen Cline as well as Nancy Carlson of Eckert. Dale Russell Smith helped with props and T-shirts and Terry Hotz coordinated camp registration and snacks. Both Smith and Hotz live in Cedaredge.

Business and individual sponsors supported the camp including Cristee-Meade Building Company, Bank of Colorado, Cedaredge Land Company, Benson Brothers of Austin, Nancy Carlson, Karen Locke and the Hirsch Family.

Activities for children continue this summer at the Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center (GMAEC) with classes offered every Tuesday from 1-3 p.m. through August 6. Topics include soap making, hand building with clay, and painting with alcohol ink. Students can sign up for classes at the GMAEC in downtown Cedaredge at 195 West Main Street. For information call 970-856-9195.

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