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ArtsPower Theater on Demand: Laura Ingalls Wilder

October 15, 2022 | 8:00 am - April 15, 2023 | 12:00 am

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ArtsPower’s beloved Laura Ingalls Wilder chronicles the exciting adventures of the Ingalls family as they travel across the prairie in search of a little house to call home. Based on Wilder’s own childhood experiences, this original, one-act musical delights young audiences with the adventures of the spirited pioneer girl and her family.

Laura Ingalls Wilder follows the tomboyish Laura, her older sister Mary, her Ma and her Pa as they travel across the unsettled frontier of the late-1800s American Midwest. Many challenges threaten the Ingalls family’s well-being, including disease and devastating crop losses. Powered by their love for and devotion to one another, and their unwavering “pioneerin’ spirit,” they keep searching for the perfect place they can call home.

The show features a lush musical score with five original songs, among them “Move On,” which captures the restlessness and excitement of loading up the covered wagon to find a new home, and “Fishin’,” a duet in which Laura and Pa laugh and share tall tales at their favorite fishing hole.

Ma would like Laura to pay more attention to her studies, but lessons make Laura feel like a misfit — especially when she compares herself unfavorably to the “smarter” Mary. Yet in the end, it is her love for Mary that helps Laura overcome her insecurities. When Mary is blinded by scarlet fever, Laura becomes her sister’s eyes. She entertains Mary with outlandish descriptions of everything around them in one of the show’s songs, “Seein’ Things I Never Saw Before.” In the process, Laura discovers her own talent for storytelling, the same talent that will someday bring her national fame as one of America’s best-loved children’s authors.

ArtsPower’s Laura Ingalls Wilder was adapted for the stage by Greg Gunning, who also wrote the lyrics for the production. Composer and orchestrator Richard DeRosa created the original Broadway-style score.

STUDY GUIDE: Click HERE for printable pdf
THEATRE PROGRAM: Click HERE for printable pdf
LOCATION: Virtual pre-recorded event; a link to access the performance will be sent to registrants on Sept. 15 at 8am
DATE/TIME: available to view anytime between OCt. 15, 2022-April 15, 2023
RUN TIME: Approximately 60 minutes
Christy Chenausky
Director of Arts Education and Outreach
828-262-6084 ext. 109




ArtsPower Theatre On Demand’s Laura Ingalls Wilder: Academic Edition, ideal for online and in-classroom learning, is a Core Curriculum-based course that includes the full-length performance video, and an exclusive interview with all four of the actors and the director from the show. Easily accessible educational guides for teachers are chock-full of fun, literacy-building activities that promote social-emotional learning, language arts curriculum, the performing arts, and character education for children in grades 3 to 6.

Gary Blackman and his identical twin Mark founded ArtsPower in 1985 and have been steering its course ever since. ArtsPower has grown to become one of America’s largest and most active producers of professional theatre for young and family audiences. Its 30-plus professional touring productions have toured to first-run theatres, performing arts centers, university auditoriums, and schools throughout 49 states and Canada for more than 14.5 million people. In 2020, due to the restrictions imposed on live performances by the pandemic,  ArtsPower Theatre On Demand was established to offer ArtsPower’s performances and accompanying learning materials online.

“Providing students and teachers with a high quality and bus-less theatre field trip performance, and the accompanying educational materials that help teachers advance the core competencies of social-emotional learning in their classrooms, are at the heart of ArtsPower Theatre On Demand,” said Mark Blackman, ArtsPower’s founding co-director. “There’s a real need within education, especially at this time, to use quality arts experiences to assist teachers to integrate social-emotional skills into the lives of their students, both in and out of the classroom. We are very excited by the positive responses we have received from schools, performing arts centers, and presenting organizations nationwide.”

Related link: artspower.org/

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Christy Chenausky
Director of Arts Education and Outreach
828-262-6084 ext. 109

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October 15, 2022 | 8:00 am
April 15 | 12:00 am
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