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'Seedfolks' production to wrap up CLC Cultural Arts Series

Twin Cities actress Sonja Parks plays all 14 roles in the production of “Seedfolks,” set to hit the stage at Central Lakes College Saturday, May 19. Submitted Photo

The Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center will conclude it 2017-18 Cultural Arts Series when the Children's Theatre Company of Minneapolis presents "Seedfolks" at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19, in the Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College.

Based on the Newbery Medal-winning book by Paul Fleischman, "Seedfolks" is about an immigrant neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio, that is transformed by a community garden. Actor Sonja Parks embodies the 11 distinct voices of Gibb Street in this one-woman production directed by Peter C. Brosius.

"Seedfolks" begins when 9-year-old Kim plants the first seeds in the rat-infested, vacant lot next to her apartment building. They are six lima bean seeds, planted in honor of the father she never knew. Slowly, each member of the community finds a reason to plant their own seeds, resurrecting a derelict lot and uniting a fractured neighborhood. The story consists of 11 different narratives around the shared experience of creating a true neighborhood jewel out of what was an eyesore, all portrayed by Twin Cities actress Parks.

During the show, she transforms herself over and over, playing all 14 characters in the play. But there are no costume changes. Instead, Parks uses speech, posture and gestures to convincingly migrate between characters, from a 9-year-old Vietnamese girl to a geriatric Eastern European busybody.

The play is recommended for children in grades 3-8 but can be enjoyed by children and adults of all ages.

Tickets for "Seedfolks" are available through CLC Theatre Box Office at 218-855-8199 or online at www.clcperformingarts.com.

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