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Madhatter's "Believe," the play, will go on

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The cast of the Christmas play "Believe" practices a singing scene during practice last week at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Wadena. Michael Johnson/Pioneer Journal2 / 2

A teenager disillusioned about what Christmas really means is on the verge of becoming a modern-day scrooge. What will it take to warm his heart and help him find purpose and joy this Christmas season?

A singing and dancing cast of about 20 from in and around Wadena may be just what he needs. It may be just what you need, too. If you're in the mood for a Christmas musical by the Wadena Madhatters, their latest play "Believe" is coming soon to a church near you.

The performers, ranging from elementary students to adults have been practicing regularly despite the director Mim Maas being injured early in the production after she was involved in a serious car accident. There was discussion of not continuing the play, but Madhatters vice president Kevin Klawitter said they needed to do it for Mim.

"Mim would have wanted us to keep the show going," Klawitter said.

Klawitter describes the show as a musical incorporating traditional music and it's in a setting you'd expect to hear Christmas music sung, First Congregational United Church of Christ.

"We decided we were just overdo for a musical," Klawitter said.

While Mim was looking to regularly have a Christmas show, Michelle Curtis, another regular Madhatter performer and producer, wanted to see regular Halloween themed shows. The compromise was to have a Christmas and Halloween show alternating year-to-year.

This Christmas show is expected to be less than 90 minutes, entertaining and accessible to all.

"We know it's a good show for the community and we know that it's what Mim would want," Klawitter said.

"It's full of passion and something to make everyone smile," according to Bronwynn Touchette, who is leading the choreography as well as performing in the play.

Show dates are 7 p.m. Dec. 14; 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 15; and 2 p.m. Dec. 16 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Wadena (located on the corner of Hwy 29 and First St. SW.)

Tickets are available at Wadena Thrifty White, online at madhattersinc.org or at the church door.

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