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In direction of a dream

(ran PC edition of Pasco Times)

A fifth-grader is showcasing her second play, which she wrote and directed, on Saturday.

Shades of the Lil' Rascals come to Fawn Ridge on Saturday as 10-year-old Kara Hull stars in and directs a play for the neighborhood, using neighborhood pals.

"It's a fun to do mystery," said Kara, a fifth-grader at Incarnation School in Town 'N Country. "The first time we read it, we didn't realize who it was because no one did it."

To say more would give away the plot of Check Under the Bed and Kara's hoping to attract a crowd to Saturday's noon performance in the back yard of her Fawn Ridge home.

"Tickets are $2 for (children) over 5 (years old) and $1 for under 5," said Kara, who said she found the play in an American Girl theater kit.

This is not the budding thespian's first effort. Last year Kara put on a play, one she wrote, also casting neighborhood children.

"I'm getting used to it now," said Kara's mother, Judy Hull. "The kids do all the work and the parents don't do anything until the end." That's when parents get together and erect a makeshift stage, complete with canopy to keep the sun off spectators.

"Most of the kids have some sort of aspirations to do acting or singing," Hull said. "They make sure their parents drop them off on time. It's sort of role reversal."

Kara, though, hopes one day to play to a much larger venue. "I'd like to do a few things in acting," she said. "But I'd really like to be a director."

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