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Luverne native featured in Calumet Players' production of 'Into the Woods'

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Mavis Fodness

A Pipestone theater production of “Into the Woods” will feature a Luverne native playing one of its primarily characters.
Nathan Sparks, 24, plays Jack from the fairy tale, “Jack and the Beanstalk.”
The Dordt College theatre arts graduate said he wants to build a career in acting and had just wrapped up the Green Earth Players’ Production of “Moon Over Buffalo,” when the Calumet Players announced they were going to perform the musical in June in Pipestone.
This is the first time Sparks has performed with the Calumet Players.
“They are a very good group, very passionate about theatre,” he said.
A fan of the musical, Sparks cautioned audience members not to expect a youthful Jack, something that pushes the normal baritone/bass singer’s ability to sing the upper tenor range.
“It’s kind of a challenge,” he said.
Sparks’ character opens the “Into the Woods” storyline that takes popular fairy tale characters and places them together in the fun, yet dark musical.
There is an ambivalent Cinderella, a philandering Prince Charming, a not-so-innocent Red Riding Hood and a witch, among other fairy tale characters.
“They will swindle, lie and steal to gain all the items,” said producer Mark Thode of Pipestone. “Everyone is granted their wishes at the end of Act One but sometimes there are consequences to those actions.”
The final week of performances will be Thursday, June 25, through Saturday, June 27, at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, June 28, at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the box office at the Pipestone County Museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. by calling (507) 825-2020 and until 7 p.m. on performance nights.
The performances are conducted at the Pipestone Area Performing Arts Center at 104 E. Main St. in Pipestone.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children 12 and younger. Family packages can be purchased for $35.
The production is rated PG-13.

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