Goldilocks play to benefit Austin’s House |

Goldilocks play to benefit Austin’s House

Staff Reports

The Carson Valley Middle School Drama Club is performing the play “Goldilocks on Trial” on Saturday at the CVIC Hall in Minden with all proceeds to benefit Austin’s House.

Goldilocks is charged with breaking and entering into the home of the Three Bears.

There will be two performances of this 50-minute comedy that is ideal for all ages. The matinee starts at 3 p.m. and the evening performance starts at 6 p.m.

Tickets are priced from $5 to $25 depending on the seat location. Tickets may be purchased at Century 21 Clark Properties and Tumblewind in Minden or from any Carson Valley Middle School Drama student.

The Carson Valley Middle School Drama Club was created through the efforts of 13-year-old student Ella Dillwith.

When Ella realized there was no Drama Club at the school, she collected 50 signatures to have the staff accept the Drama Club.

She found a teacher to support her cause and to allow use of a classroom. Ella’s mother, Jen Dillwith, now teaches drama every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon.

The performers have been rehearsing the play since September.

Ella and Jen decided to make this school production a community event by directing all proceeds to help the children in crisis who are placed at Austin’s House.

Ella made a public comment in front of the Minden town board in January. She returned in February with other drama students who acted out a scene of the play before asking that the normal fees be waived for this “Kids Helping Kids” event.

The town board agreed and everyone is encouraged to attend this production suitable for the entire family.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 782-7111 or email Jen Dillwith at

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