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New Richmond Utilities sponsors NTC tour Jan. 20 and 22

New Richmond Utilities is contributing to a better energy future by helping to educate and inspire future generations of energy users.

New Richmond Utilities is sponsoring a touring theater show designed to educate young students about energy awareness.

The fast-paced, educational show called "Captain Wattage" introduces students to the concepts of energy conservation, efficiency and electrical safety.

The show is presented by the National Theatre for Children (NTC) - the largest in-school educational touring theater company in the world.

The interactive program encourages audience participation and presents lessons in a manner that children enjoy.

"Captain Wattage" uses colorful sets and engaging characters to teach students about the importance of conserving energy and playing it safe around electricity.

The NTC tours the United States presenting educational theater in schools on behalf of sponsoring organizations. The NTC is based in Minneapolis and uses live theater, printed curriculum materials and teacher guides to educate children, teachers, adults and parents about energy conservation and electrical safety.

Local performances are scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 9 a.m. at St. Mary's School and Thursday, Jan. 22, at 1:30 and 2:15 p.m. at Paperjack Elementary.

The performances are coordinated and sponsored by New Richmond's power supplier, WPPI Energy, a regional power company serving 50 customer-owned electric utilities. In 2008, WPPI Energy members sponsored 163 shows at 101 schools, reaching more than 29,000 students.