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Playhouse Kicks Off 2017 with Roald Dahl's 'Fantastic Mr. Fox'

January 09, 2017 08:23 AM

The Duluth Playhouse Children's Theatre is kicking off 2017 with "Fantastic Mr. Fox" this weekend. Director Robert Lee and KT Mueller, an actor in the show, stopped by GMN For a preview. 

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"It's about a fox who starts out to save his family, but ends up becoming a hero to his family and whole animal community," Lee explained, adding that the critters' foe is a group of fumbling farmers who are constantly trying to capture them.

Mueller plays Badger, the narrator of the story. She remains on stage for most of the show, and even jumps into the narrative at times. She also sings and plays original music.

"My favorite thing with this is getting to use my music skills and play a kind of interactive game," she said. "I got to write some music for it and play around, and Robert and I collaborated on some various things."

Lee is also the Artistic Director of the Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA). He says TYA is part of their Children's Theatre, but with adult actors performing for kids. 

"It's a cast of professional adult actors, and for this show, for the first time, we introduced some kids into the mix," he said. "So they play the kid roles, and it's really adorable.

The entire theatre is set up to be an underground burrow, something Lee says is one of his favorite parts of the play, along with the fun and active energy of the production.  

"There's a sense of play you get to do in rehearsal doing children's theatre, it's a lot of fun," he said.

"I think the kids getting to have that experience working with adult actors on stage is really cool," Mueller added. 

"Fantastic Mr. Fox" opens Friday, January 13 and runs through Sunday, January 22. 

Shows are at 7 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. 

Click here for tickets.


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