Levenhagen brothers return home to put on children's show
Since brothers Brad and Jason Levenhagen are teachers in different states, the two don't see a whole lot of each other during the nine months of school.
However, based on what the two teach (Brad, science, and Jason, theatre), the pair have come up with a way for them to stay in touch during the summer with a children's show aimed at the outdoors.
The pair was in Ellsworth Wednesday to put on that show in front of 85 youths at the Ellsworth Public Library as part of the library's summer reading program, "Get a Clue."
Ellsworth holds special significance for the brothers, as it's their hometown. And performing at the library has extra meaning, as their mother, Margaret, was the head librarian there for over 20 years.
"The best part about this is working with my brother," said Jason, who teaches in Iowa. "The fun part of it is the environment because there's a lot of energy and it's no structured."
Additionally, in developing the show, the brothers explained they wanted to show children the possibilities they could have by going outdoors.
"Kids aren't getting outside enough," said Brad, who teaches in St. Paul.
The pair described their style as improvisational because they write their own lyrics and do their own songs. Also, they said, more than likely, they'll never do the same show consecutively because they'll cater it to each audience.
"It's fun because it keeps us on our toes," Brad said. "We don't know what the crowd will be like until we get there."
Besides Ellsworth, the brothers have shows scheduled in Clear Lake, Balsam Lake, St. Croix Falls and Somerset, along with five in Iowa.
This was the third in a series of programs relating to the theme of "Get a Clue." Future events include a mystery movie this Wednesday and a program from the sheriff's department along with the grand finale at Summit Park including a treasure hunt Wednesday, July 25.