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March 1, 2001

LITERATURE’S HEIDI CLIMBS THE ALPS ON THE VITERBO STAGE

LA CROSSE, Wis.—Viterbo University’s Arts for Young America program presents the timeless classic Heidi on the Fine Arts Center Main Stage on Sunday, March 18, at 3 p.m.

True to the original story by Johanna Spyri, this heartwarming adaptation by Linda Daugherty is set in the 1890’s and tells the tale of a spirited orphan sent to live with her reclusive grandfather high in the Alps. Later, snatched ruthlessly away from her carefree mountain life, she becomes a companion to the invalid daughter of a wealthy German family. Though desperate to return home to her grandfather, young Heidi develops an enduring friendship with the invalid Clara and helps her to find hope and happiness.

Heidi, presented by the Dallas Children’s Theater, is sponsored by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Wisconsin and supported, in part, by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin. This is a Heartland Arts Fund program. The Heartland Arts Fund is a collaborative venture of Mid-America Arts Alliance, Arts Midwest, their member state arts agencies (Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin) with primary funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, and support from private contributors.

Founded in 1984, the Dallas Children’s Theater has become a national cultural resource for family- and youth-oriented theater. With a $2.1 million budget, the theater produces a 10-play main stage season of classics, fantasies, and contemporary dramas, along with year-round classes and arts-in-education residencies. The critically acclaimed DCT ON TOUR! offers large-scale adaptations of literature, storybooks, and fantasies that tour coast-to-coast.

Ticket prices are $11 for adults and $9 for children 12 and under. For more information, contact the Box Office at 796-3100.

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