Primghar Community Playhouse rehearsal

Fifth-grader Steve Meyer, eighth-grader Aubrey Croatt and second-grader Shelby Croatt rehearse a scene from “Fairy Tale Misfits” Tuesday night in the Primghar Community Building. The play, which takes place in a world of rejected fairy tale characters, will come to the Primghar stage at 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 15-16.

PRIMGHAR—Fairy tale characters that were rejected from the classic children’s stories will have their time in the spotlight during the upcoming Primghar Community Playhouse show, “Fairy Tale Misfits,” by Jeff Fluharty.

The show, directed by Jeremy Rohwer, will run at 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 15-16, at the Primghar Community Building. Tickets will be available at the door and cost $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Mariah Oliver, vice president of the community playhouse board, said the story follows the main character, Ellie, who finds herself in the Land of Rejected Fairy Tale Characters after chasing a talking groundhog that stole her homework.

“It’s a play off of the Island of Misfit Toys from ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,’” Oliver said.

The misfit characters are the opposite of the typical fairy tale characters people think of, Oliver explained. For example, there is a large dwarf named Mac, Indecisive Goldilocks, Sleepless Beauty and a Fairy Godfather, among others.

The characters agree to help Ellie find her way back home if she agrees to write them into stories, which is the only way they can escape Land of Rejected Fairy Tale Characters.

“We find out what happens because here you have a writer in this room who’s capable of writing all of these characters into a story,” Oliver said.

Along the way, however, Ellie and her newfound friends encounter Queen White-Out and her minions, Pink Pearl and Big Mistake, who threaten to erase the misfit characters out of existence.

About 30 children in second through eighth grade make up the cast of “Fairy Tale Misfits.” Oliver said the kids in the show are mostly from Primghar and other south O’Brien communities, while some are from the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn School District and a few come from Sioux County.

Auditions for the show were held Thursday, Sept. 5, and rehearsals began Tuesday, Sept. 10.

Oliver said the beginning of every show can be chaotic, but she enjoys seeing how the kids grow in their confidence from the time they audition up to opening night of the play.

“I’ve been involved long enough that I’ve seen kids grow through the program and now are graduating from high school and pursuing theatre degrees and are confident with being on stage,” she said.

Oliver said the community playhouse has become an activity everyone in her family has come to be involved in.

Two of her three kids appear as characters in the show: Her 13-year-old daughter, Edie, is the narrator, and her 9-year-old son, Owen, plays the Sophisticated Troll. Her other son, 13-year-old Ian, will help run the tech booth for the show. Oliver’s husband, Jeremy, also helps out with the show by lending a hand with lighting and costume making.

Oliver said audience members will enjoy the show’s comedy and seeing kids they know acting onstage.

“They’re going to have a fun time,” she said. “It’s a really funny play.”

This story was originally published in the Sept. 21 edition of The South O'Brien Sun.