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May 20, 2014

Young actors may star in 'Beauty and the Beast'

The Rural Alliance for the Arts will once again be bringing the Minnesota-based Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre to Batesville – this time for a production of “Beauty and the Beast” July 14-19.

Children and teens can audition if they are between the ages of 8-18.

The family must have an RAA family membership. If it has expired or a family wants to become a member, the $25 family fee must be included with a registration form for each person, which can be found at

Youth who are selected for “Beauty and the Beast” must be available and able to attend all auditions, rehearsals and performances. “Be sure to clear your schedule as no absences are permitted,” according to a news release.

The registration deadline is July 7. Registrations are not processed unless membership is current.

The rehearsal schedule: Monday, July 14, auditions, 9-11 a.m., practice for leads afterwards; Tuesday-Thursday, July 25-17, practices 9 a.m.-1:15 p.m., bring a sack lunch; Friday, July 18, dress rehearsal, 2 p.m., stay until performance that night; Saturday, July 19, dress rehearsal to be announced.

“Beauty and the Beast” will be performed twice, Friday, July 18, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 19, at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door before each performance.

All activities take place at the Batesville High School auditorium. According to the news release, “Please note that auditions and practices are closed to the public. Only actors, directors and stage crew are permitted in the auditorium at these times.”

Persons with questions may contact Joan Kuhlman, RAA executive director, at 812-933-0355 or; or Kim Trader, RAA Prairie Fire chairperson, at 812-209-9156 or

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