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'The Reluctant Dragon' Play on the Pond runs May 19-23

The Rosemount High School theater department is taking its show outside for the first time in five years. The school will bring back its Play on the Pond show May 19-23 with The Reluctant Dragon, a funny, kid-friendly play about a boy and the dragon he befriends.

Outdoor theater used to be a biannual thing at RHS, but the construction of an addition a few years ago put things on hold. Now that the work is done, director Thom Hoffman is eager to get back out into the open air.

"I love performing out here," he said. "It's a nice space."

The stage will be set up on the banks of Schwarz Pond and seating will be available on the hill behind the school.

This year's play is a departure from the former Play on the Pond format. In the past the outoor play has featured the works of William Shakespeare. The Reluctant Dragon is a touch less dramatic, featuring a dragon-crazy child, a sweet, songwriting dragon, dancing dragonettes and a knight in armor. There are songs and there is dancing. The entire production is light-hearted and tongue-in-cheek.

The play is adapted from a children's book and presented by a storyteller. The stage is designed to look like a storybook, with giant pages that turn as the story shifts from one scene to the next.

The roughly 60-minute show is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. May 19-23. If there is rain the performance will move indoors to the school's performing arts center.

For tickets call the RHS Ticket Office at 651-423-7540 or 651-683-6969 ext. 37540

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