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The Willow River Players' new production "The Frog Prince of Spamalot" is truly an outstanding ensemble of performers representative of the Willow River area.

Several family duos make up the cast from New Richmond.

Gina Postma (Cook) is a substitute teacher's assistant in the New Richmond School District, and has recently performed with the Willow River Players in the 2008 production of "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change." Her son, David (frog/page), is making his WRP debut, although he has been in several plays and musicals while at Hillside Elementary.

Melanie Holzbauer (Delphinium, the handmaiden) and her son P.J. Kraft (frog/page) are the second mother-son team from New Richmond. Melanie home schools her three children -- P.J., Ariel and Javen, while indulging in various WRP productions such as "Steel Magnolias" and "American Idle: Murdering the Music." P.J. is a veteran of plays as well, the most recent being "Oliver." Of his experience as a frog/castle page in "The Frog Prince of Spamalot," P.J. said it was "a funny play, times 12."

Braden Hanafee-Major (frog/page) and Megan Hanafee-Major (Princess Peony) are a brother-sister team that has had prior stage experience. They are the home schooled children of Heather Hanafee and Rick Major, and have one sibling, Jameson, who is 1-year-old. Megan adds her role in "The Frog Prince of Spamalot" to a growing list of performances. She started her theater career when she was 7 years old in "The Music Man." Most recently she was in the Old Gem Theater's "Killer One-Acts." Braden will also add his role to his resume, which includes a turn as the Tin Man in "The Wizard of Oz."

Misty Price (Princess Tulip), a sophomore at New Richmond High School, is no stranger to the stage. She has been in 15 productions, such as "Cinderella," "High School Musical," and "Number the Stars." She is currently working in the New Richmond High School production of "Grease."

Carly Ferguson (Princess Violet) is a New Richmond Middle School student who is making her WRP debut as the youngest princess in "Spamalot." She has previously been on the Old Gem stage as General Longwei in "Mulan." Her parents, Jess and Roger Ferguson, have two other children: Lauren, 11, and Meghan, 20.

Haley Ritter (Princess Rose) hails from Somerset where she is a senior at Somerset High School. She has different theater experiences under her belt and has always enjoyed acting. She is the daughter of Terry and Julie Ritter.

Josette "Josie" I. Aderhold (frog/page) is one of the youngest members of the cast. She lives in Roberts with her father Chris, mother Rinell, and brother Christian. She is a third-grader at St. Croix Central School and is involved with the Ribbon Reapers 4-H club. "This is super fun, I love it," she said.

Performances will be at the New Richmond High School Little Theater. Tickets for "The Frog Prince of Spamalot" are on sale now through the Web site and at Sweet Greetings in New Richmond.

The show has seven performances: Friday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m., Saturdays, September 19 and 26, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sundays, Sept. 20 and 27, at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $5 for children younger than 12 and $10 for adults. Fairy tale attire is encouraged, and there will be a question/answer session by the cast members after the show, backstage tour and events in the lobby.