Have you ever wondered what animals would say if they could talk? What would they be able to teach us?
About the play
“Vineyard Adventures” is the tale of a grandmother and her grandson strolling through a vineyard making animal friends along the way and learning valuable lessons about growing up, the seasons of life, and how to be respectful of others, especially those different from you. The play runs about a half an hour, more or less, depending on the dancing, according to Hough.
Hough has written numerous plays over the past 15 years of her career, but she actually never intended on being a playwright. On a whim during graduate school, she applied to be in a playwriting class at The Playwright Center in Minneapolis, MN, and won a scholarship to take it. She fell in love with it and has been writing children’s plays ever since.
You can stream her recent works on her website here.
Since Hugh likes to stay more behind the scenes to focus on the writing and the research required for her plays, she enlisted Jacob Hartje, a Theater B ensemble member.
“I was super happy when Jacob responded. He’s knowledgeable and enthusiastic and I’m very excited to have him,” Hugh says.
As an active member in the theater community, who also grew up in the area with theater as a strong part of his childhood, Hartje was more than happy to have the opportunity to pass his talents on to the next generation.
“It’s been super cool working with the kids,” says Hartje. “It’s been fun seeing their point of view. And it’s been fun working with the parents, too, because the parents and children are all part of the show and they get to work together, which seems like a fun summer activity for everyone.”
With the costumes done by Kim Baird of Moorhead and the support of Trevor Magnuson at Moorhead Parks, it’s been a community effort to bring this adventure to life and is now ready for the whole family to enjoy.
“It’s a cute show with a lot of heart, and you might even laugh a couple of times or two,” says Hartje.
Hough received a Career Development grant from LRAC, which helped pay for costume materials, scripts and director fees.The activity is funded in part by a grant from the Lake Region Arts Council with McKnight Foundation funding