NIBLEY – Hundreds of Cache Valley children, parents and volunteers practice for a fortnight – just to act their hearts out and leave it all on the stage for two summer nights.

“I really like acting a lot, I don’t know why,” says 13-year-old child actor Duke Casper who has been doing this since he was five. “I like the challenge of trying to become a different person.”

This week the Nibley Children’s Theatre presents – The Storyteller – a turn-of-the-century musical written, composed and directed by residents Lori Hopkin and Emily Rigby.

In two weeks 235 children (between five and 18 years old) learn at least one song and dance, and how to perform on stage.

Co-director Emily Rigby says it’s only possible because of more than 150 volunteers who make it happen.

“A lot of these parents have put in hundreds of hours.”

They do everything from writing songs to building sets and sewing costumes.

“Everything you see pretty much has been built in the last couple weeks,” Rigby says.

After more than four decades, it is the longest running community theatre in Utah. The musical has a variety of characters from vikings and trappers to bullfrogs telling the historical stories of the settlement of Cache Valley.

The play coincides the same week Nibley City celebrates its founding holiday, Heritage Days.

The free performances are open to the public on Thursday, June 20 and Friday, June 21 at 7 p.m. at Anhder Park, 294 W. 3200 South in Nibley.

“Bring your lawn chair, meet us here. I would recommend you come early so you can find a spot,” Rigby says. “We’ll have concessions and you can just enjoy a beautiful evening in the park watching all these kids.”

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