Red Cedar Youth Stage launches with Boyceville production of “Snow White”

Red Cedar Youth Stage will present the original musical, Snow White: A Very Pale Fairy Tale, on Saturday August 23rd at Boyceville Community High School.  Written and directed by Blaine Halverson, the production will be the first of the new, independent iteration of the youth theater company.

Founded in the Spring of 2009, ReCYS (pronounced “REE-sis”) was brought under the umbrella of Menomonie Theater Guild early that summer when Halverson was hired to serve as Executive Director.

When the MTG board of directors decided to reorganize day to day operations and eliminate the fulltime position in early July, they released the ReCYS to Halverson’s leadership with their blessing.

“All on our board wish Blaine well and know that the many young people and families who have worked with him celebrate the continued presence of ReCYS in the area,”  said guild president, Pinckney Hall, in a July press release.

Halverson is excited to devote his full attention to the new endeavor:

“Nothing I have experienced professionally in the last twenty years has been as rewarding as my work with young performers.  Just watching them grow and develop is really remarkable.”

The new company will base operations out of the old Masonic Temple, above the Acoustic Café, at 110 West  Main Street in Menomonie.  On Thursday July 31st, Halverson unveiled the new space to about forty people who turned out to discuss the vision for ReCYS, and for the space itself.

“Most people in town don’t even know what’s up there.  Almost everyone I take up there is in awe of how perfect the space is for performance.”

Initial plans include an August two week theater “mini-camp” for kids, and a “Block-In” for teens on August 28-29.  Students 12-18 will enter the space at 3pm on Thursday and emerge 24 hours later with a planned and rehearsed show, which will comprise the first public performances in the space on Friday and Saturday the August 29 & 30.

ReCYS is currently working with Boyceville Community Education on the Snow Snow White production.   The play is an original take on the Brothers Grimm classic is the same show that sold out three performances in July at the Mabel Tainter.  It features an obsessive queen, a cunning mirror, bumbling henchmen, a “charming” but dull-witted prince and rapping dwarfs.   While perfect for kids, the show also seeks to entertain adults with clever humor and word play.

About thirty young people between ages six and sixteen are participating.

Performances will be at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. on Saturday August 23rd.  Tickets can be purchased at People’s State Bank of Boyceville.  They can also be purchased online in advance at recysplayers.com or by emailing recysplayers@gmail.com with your inquiry.

Those with questions about ReCYS, the performance space, programming and the Boyceville production, may email above or call 715-505-6011.