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'Holka Polka' opens July 13

When 18-year-old Riley Cooper first read the play "Holka Polka," she knew she had to direct it.

The play which opens July 13 will be Cooper's directing debut.

"I read it and fell in love with it," Cooper said. "I fell in love with the story and how it changed the fairytales so much, but through it all it kept the essence of those well-known fairytales."

Written by D.M. Larson, "Holka Polka" is a children's play about the nicest witch in Fairytale Land who embarks on a journey to save all witches' reputations by saving the prince. Along the way she meets some familiar and misunderstood fairytale characters, and also discovers that an historically sweet and loving character is really evil.

Cooper said the play is a combination of Humpty Dumpty, Big Bad Wolf, Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella.

"It's a big combo of everything, and it's beautifully put together," she said. "It's not choppy at all. It appeals to everybody."

Katrina Olson, 17, plays Cindy the princess.

Cindy was given a trick mirror by her evil stepsisters that makes her believe she is an ugly person.

"It resembles every teenage girl at certain points in their lives," Katrina said. "They are always hardest on themselves like they are looking in a trick mirror."

This is Katrina's second community theatre play, and is enjoying portraying her character.

"She's not your average princess," she said. "She can really take a fight if needed and win."

Leah Walters, 18, plays Brenda, the nicest witch in Fairytale Land.

"It's a quirky play. Super fun and silly," she said. "I love the cast. They are all amazing actors."

Walters made her acting debut in "Snow White Goes West" in March, making this production her first time playing a lead character.

"Being the nice personality I'm used to, but the detective mode I go into I'm not used to," she said. "It's fun to explore that character."

"Holka Polka" opens July 13 in the CVIC Hall in Minden and continues weekends through July 22. Show times are 6:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays with 2 p.m. Sunday matinees.

Tickets cost $8 for children and $10 for adults. They are available at The CVCT box office is open noon-5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturdays.

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What: Holka Polka

When: 6:30 p.m. July 13,14, 20, 21 and 2 p.m. July 15 and 22

Where: CVIC Hall

Cost: $8 children, $10 adults


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