Young directors take helm of YTW’s ‘Winnie the Pooh,’ concluding this weekend

Tigger (Matthew Nelson) pals around with Winnie the Pooh (Shelby Swenson). (Photo by Vicki Nelson)

Tigger (Matthew Nelson) pals around with Winnie the Pooh (Shelby Swenson). (Photos by Vicki Nelson)

 

“Winnie the Pooh,” the enduring children’s favorite tale about a bear who loves honey and his funny friends including Tigger the Tiger, is being presented this weekend by Youth Theatre Workshop in the Little Theatre at Elk River High School.

“Pooh” opened last weekend and will conclude with performances Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Longtime YTW Director Eileen Anderson turned the duties over to a pair of her young veterans this year: her daughter Emily Bowersox, 19, and Sabrina Dukes, 20. Anderson is their adviser.

Colorful "Pooh" characters — xxxx.

Some colorful ‘Pooh’ characters: Rabbit (Reece Wilcox), Eeyore (Liam Barns), Tigger (Matthew Nelson) and Roo (Alayna Conrad).

Meanwhile, they are using a script adapted by another YTW veteran, Katie Wolf, who now lives in Montana.

“‘Winnie the Pooh’ holds a pure space in my heart, because I grew up watching it when I was 5, 6 years old,” Bowersox said. “And we got an adapted script by Katie.”

The cast, Bowersox said, tongue-in-cheek, has “a bunch of oldies but goodies,” meaning youngsters who’ve done well in several YTW plays.

Bowersox thinks the audience will find “Winnie the Pooh” both funny and heartwarming.

“All the Tiggers are hilarious, of course,” she said. “And the audience always laughs at the Eeyores.”

POOH’S FOUR CASTS

WINNIE THE POOH AND A DAY FOR EEYORE — Winnie the Pooh: Whitney Langley … Piglet: Emily Nicoviks … Tigger: Katelyn Kolyer …. Rabbit: Cheradin Ralph … Kanga: Lexi Freund … Eeyore: Jaron George …. Owl: Danika Hanson … Christopher Robin: Ryan Theisen … Narrator: Lauren Christ and Lizzie Inselman … Party Guests: Logan George, Anneliese Blomquist, Ella Flynn, Julia Balmano

WINNIE THE POOH AND THE BLUSTERY DAY —  Winnie the Pooh: Averi Schirmers … Piglet: Natalie Barringer … Tigger: Cailin Conrad …. Rabbit: Riley Wilcox … Eeyore: Jaelyn McAllister … Owl: Lauren Theisen … Kanga: Katie Thorpe … Roo: Zack Nicoviks … Christopher Robin: Wyatt Olin … Narrators: Sidney Mitchell and Grace Dilly … Gopher: Seth Jorgensen …. Party Guests: Kate Peterson, Rose Wilcox, Demi Alfords, Isis Nuñez … Heffalumps and Woozles: Kate Peterson, Megan Juba: Lizzie Inselman, Isis Nuñez, Hailey Flynn, Rose Wilcox, Cheradin Ralph, Tia Mitchell, Mikalyn Hidde, Logan George, Demi Alfords, Lexi Freund, Jaron George

WINNIE THE POOH AND THE HONEY TREE — Winnie the Pooh: Tess Tromley … Piglet: Cali Lusignan … Rabbit: Reece Wilcox … Eeyore: Lafayette Bade … Owl: Lauren Theisen … Gopher: Megan Juba …. Kanga: Lindsey Geist … Roo: Kielana Sonntag … Christopher Robin: Hunter Woolfolk … Narrators: Lauren Christ and Lizzie Inselman … Honeybees: Logan George, Anneliese Blomquist, Ella Flynn, Julia Balmano, Isis Nuñez, Kate Peterson, Rose Wilcox, Hailey Flynn, Audrey Thoburn, Demi Alfords, Mikalyn Hidde, Tia Mitchell … Party Guests: Audrey Thoburn, Hailey Flynn, Tia Mitchell, Mikalyn Hidde

WINNIE THE POOH AND TIGGER TOO — Winnie the Pooh: Shelby Swenson …. Piglet: Megan Juba … Tigger: Matthew Nelson … Rabbit: Reece Wilcox … Eeyore: Liam Barns … Kanga: Elise Williams … Roo: Alayna Conrad … Owl: Coshise Stokes … Christopher Robin: Tyler Muller … Narrators: Grace Dilly and Lizzie Inselman … Party Guests: Audrey Thoburn, Hailey Flynn, Tia Mitchell, Mikalyn Hidde

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