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Backus to host 'Seedfolks' play

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The Children's Theatre Company has been on a three-month tour of the play, “Seedfolks,” performing in Minnesota, Nebraska, and New York.

The show will be presented on the Backus stage in International Falls next Thursday (April 26) at 7 p.m. (note the date change from early marketing efforts).

Tickets are on sale at the Backus Community Center and City Drugs in the Falls, Betty's in Fort Frances, and J&D Foods in Littlefork.

They cost $12 for adults, $6 for students, and $25 for families, and also will be available at the door the night of the show.

Complimentary tickets, funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, are available at the International Falls Public Library.

Backus offers a cash bar featuring beer, wine, soda, and water, with all proceeds benefitting the Borealis Bards Theatre Troupe.

The Children's Theatre Company received significant tour support from the Minnesota State Arts Board's Arts Tour Minnesota grant to bring “Seedfolks” to nine theatres across Minnesota.

CTC recently brought this production of “Seedfolks” to the prestigious International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People's 2017 world conference in Cape Town, South Africa.

The CTC-commissioned play was developed and premiered at CTC in 2014 and is based on the book by Newbery Award-winning author Paul Fleischman.

“Seedfolks” begins when nine-year-old Kim plants the first seeds in the rat-infested vacant lot next to her apartment building. They are six lima bean seeds, planted in honour of the father she never knew.

Slowly, each member of the community finds a reason to plant their own seeds, resurrecting a derelict lot and uniting a fractured neighborhood.

Actress Sonja Parks embodies the 11 distinct voices of Gibb Street in this enthralling, one-woman production.

“This is a beautifully-written, funny, and poignant book and production about the power we all have to be catalysts for change," said CTC artistic director and "Seedfolks” director Peter C. Brosius.

“We came to the decision to use one single actor to portray 11 diverse voices in this production as a demonstration that we are all part of a whole, and together we can create something beautiful,” he noted.

The Children's Theatre Company is the nation's largest and most acclaimed theatre for multi-generational audiences.

It creates theatre experiences that educate, challenge, and inspire for nearly 275,000 people annually.

CTC is the only theatre focused on young audiences to win the coveted Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre and is the only theatre in Minnesota to receive three Tony nominations (for its production of “A Year with Frog and Toad”).

CTC is committed to producing world-class productions at the highest level and to developing new works, more than 200 to date, dramatically changing the canon of work for young audiences.

For more info, contact the Backus Community Center by calling 1-218-285-7225 or visiting www.backusab.org

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