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Taking the creepy crawly out of the insect world

For most people, an encounter with an insect the size of a child would be a horrifying event.

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ABOVE: Volunteers, from left, Abbi Adelsberger, Mackenzie Swartz and Brooke Turner build large flowers in the lobby of the Holland Theatre for the set of this Friday’s performance of Bugz. BELOW: Some of the younger children in the Bugz performance this Friday at the Holland Theatre offer a salute during a song about a group of army ants preparing for a picnic. The youths were practicing Wednesday as part of a weeklong workshop that leads up to the performance and an educational and entertaining show by Dr. Insecta. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Some of the older children put the finishing touches on a song about a group of ladybugs preparing for a picnic. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | REUBEN MEES)

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But volunteers with the Holland Theatre and Windmill Productions want to make just such an experience a fun-filled evening for local families.

At 7 p.m. Friday, a group of children under the direction of Peggy Weiss and Cari Beth Noah will take the stage dressed as colorful insects for the short musical Bugz by John Higgins and John Jacobson.

The approximately 30-minute performance will be followed by a show by Marysville entertainer Bill Maxwell who will take the audience on an educational and hands-on trip through the world of entomology.

The musical is the culmination of a weeklong workshop designed to teach 36 youths, who have just completed grades K-4, about all aspects of theater including acting, song and dance and costume and set design, Ms. Weiss said.

Most of the budding thespians said this is their first foray into theater, although Alyvia Steggeman said she has had some experience with school plays.

“This is my first time here, but we do a lot at school,” Alyvia said, noting that she has enjoyed learning new dance moves and steps.

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