Classic Tall Tale Helps Break Barriers for Twin Ports Group

By KBJR News 1

November 27, 2012 Updated Nov 28, 2012 at 12:00 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - It's a story larger than life.

It's a story that the performers with BOLD-choice Theatre Company can relate to. The struggles play out on stage in the show "Timber: The Story of Paul Bunyan"

"It may start out as a tall tale, fairy tale, but then our director creates the script around our abilities and input," said one of the show's stars, Pete Barnett who plays Babe the Blue Ox.

The specially scripted play targets bullying and acceptance through the journey of Paul Bunyan and his sidekick Babe the Blue Ox, mixing in personal stories along the way.

The theatre company is lead under the direction of Annie Roseen, who has worked with the group on the production since March.

"The community knows in their hearts that there are abilities that people have that they don't get recognized for, but this is a chance to come out in a real celebratory way and come out and have fun," Roseen said.

BOLD-choice Theatre utilizes the talents of people with disabilities. It's an opportunity for the cast members to learn and have fun, while teaching the audience an important lesson.

"It might change their idea if they were always a bully in school," Barnett said. "They can take that and say I'll treat that person different."

The performance takes place Friday at 7.p.m. at the Marshall school Auditorium in Duluth.

Tickets are $7. For more information call (218) 724-5869

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