CLIMB to perform environmental-themed plays at elementary schools

Environmental-themed plays will be performed by CLIMB Theatre at three local elementary schools this month.

Plays which teach students “how to reduce, reuse, recycle, and compost,” will be presented by the nonprofit children’s theater based in Inver Grove Heights.

Show times will be:

•Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., Westwood Elementary

•Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 9:30 and 10:45 a.m., Twin Lakes Elementary

•Thursday, Oct. 25, at 1:30 and 2:40 p.m., Parker Elementary

Director is Buffy Sedlachek, and the actors are Cayla Marie Wolpers, Brennan Blickhan and Siddeeqah Shabazz.

The plays will be “Space Baby” for grades K–2 and “Flashback” for grades 3–6.

In “Space Baby,”  a spaceship crashes in precocious third-grader Clara’s backyard, and she learns about helping the Earth from FargyGo, an other-worldly toddler and his mother, OrigiMae.

In “Flashback,” a youngster named Dax lives in a hot, barren place far in the future, but with the help of Save the Earth Society (the students in the audience) finds a way to travel back in time to the present, where he urges people to change their ways about the environment while they still can.

CLIMB, in its 38th year, reaches approximately 200,000 students at about 400 schools annually, said the press release.

CLIMB’s mission is to create and perform plays, classes and other works that inspire and propel people, especially young people, toward actions that benefit themselves, each other, and their communities. They are funded partially by the Minnesota State Arts Board and a grant from Wells Fargo.