'Hello and Goodbye Hansel and Gretel'
• Performances: 10 a.m. Tuesday and 7 p.m. Wednesday and Friday at the castle at Storybook Land.
• Cost: Free.
• What to expect: The well-known story of "Hansel and Gretel" will be presented with some twists. Hansel (Chase Roesch) and Gretel (Liz Lewno) are abandoned in the woods by a Wicked Stepfather (Nick Brandt), they meet a helpful wolf (Austin Vetter), his evil witch companion (Paige Walth) and their mother, who happens to be Sleeping Beauty (Isabella Seaton).
There is no average week for members of the Storybook Land Theatre Company.
Each day comes with new challenges, whether it's rehearsing one of three shows going at any time, building set pieces or getting ready to put on a complete stage show in a week's time.
Company members are preparing for their first show of their 25th season, "Hello and Goodbye Hansel and Gretel."
It's a dream come true for cast members, who remember watching plays put on by the Storybook Land Theatre Company as children.
"This is our dream job," said Liz Lewno. "It's what you work for as children, since all of us did middle school camp and youth theatre."
Lewno is entering her sophomore year at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minn.
"My family took me to performances," said fourth-year cast member Isabella Seaton. "I knew I wanted to do that when I was older."
Seaton will be a junior at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn.
Storybook Land Theatre director Brian Schultz said the makeup of the cast has changed throughout the years. When he began performing in 1997 as a student at Northern State University, it was primarily NSU students in the company.
He took over directorial duties in 2000.
Storybook Land Theatre Company was started in 1989 by the recreation division of the Aberdeen Parks, Recreation and Forestry department. The idea was to introduce regular programming at Storybook Land, with a different play being performed each week.
The first season was four weeks long.
In the past, it was a big deal to join the cast while in high school, Schultz said. Now, there is a mixture, though there are usually more high-schoolers in the cast.
"The quality of shows has increased when it comes to material performed and the quality of cast members," Schultz said.
More and more music has been introduced as multitalented cast members join each summer.