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'Love Rides the Rails' launches this weekend

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Ellsworth, 54011

Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

STOCKHOLM--Pam Larson was seeking a play of "lots of action and funny bits" for the first community theatre play done at the WideSpot Performing Arts Center.

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So, Larson, a retired theater teacher in the St. Paul School District, went back to an old reliable, "Love Rides the Rails," which will debut this weekend, Friday-Sunday. Times are 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday (the sixth show is already sold out) and 5:30 p.m., Sunday, which is dinner followed by the show.

Larson, who now calls the Stockholm area home, says this is the third time she has directed "Love" and was shocked by the response.

"I had no idea about the talent in this area," she said. "I was pleasantly surprised."

Larson says "Love" is your "typical old melodrama, which spotlights money and love," she explained. It focuses on the railroads as villain Simon Darkway (John Demma of Stockholm) is bound and determined to control the right-of-way for the railroad as Truman Pendennis (Mike Slygh of Pepin) and Prudence Hopewell (Emma Granberg of Plum City) along with the assistance of others is willing to stop him.

Larson believes "Love" is full of well-balanced parts featuring characters who will share the stage equally. Besides the main cast of 12, cast members also include railroad workers and dance hall girls.

Larson concluded with the success "Love" has garnered, discussion is underway for a second community theater play.

"We believe this area can support it," she said.

For tickets and information, visit www.WidespotPerformingArts.org.

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