Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts announces 'Recommended Reading for Girls' cast

Show includes visits from famous literary characters.

Girls sitting in a row reading books.
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PEQUOT LAKES โ€” Pequot Lakes Community Theater announces the cast for "Recommended Reading for Girls," a heart-warming comedy/drama play by Ellen Struve.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Feb. 11-12, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, in the Pequot Lakes High School auditorium. Tickets are available online at or before showtime at the door. Payment by phone or more information are available at 218-568-9200.

"Recommended Reading for Girls" centers around Amy Saunders who already has a lot on her mind when she arrives at her childhood home. Reeling from a recent layoff and a broken heart, she is staying over to help her mother through a round of chemo. So when Anne from "Anne of Green Gables" inexplicably shows up, it may well be the straw that breaks the camel's back.

Somehow, all the heroines from Amy's favorite childhood novels, from "A Little Princess" to "Heidi," have appeared in her house, and to make things even more perplexing, her sister, Jackie, can see them too. As Jackie worries about the baby she's having soon and the sisters' mom, Marilyn, questions her own path, will the three Saunders women be able to become the heroines of their own stories

"Recommended Reading for Girls" is a winning love letter to family and literature that brims with humor and heart. This show is recommended for audiences ages 12 and older due to a few instances of language and some mature subject matter.


The cast includes:

  • Karla Johnson as Amy Saunders.
  • Maarja Melandar as Jackie Saunders-Moran.
  • Andrea Anderson as Marilyn Saunders.
  • Gwen Ward as Anne Shirley.
  • Sheridan Wilson as Penny Parker.
  • Marcia Stanton as Sara Crewe.
  • Mataya Larson as Heidi.

The production crew includes:

  • Jennifer LaRee Anderson, director.
  • Wren Norgaard, stage manager/assistant director.
  • Heather Pearson, costume designer.
  • Mike Anderson, set designer and props master.
  • Josh Anderson, stagehand/set design assistant.
  • Nancy Ryan, technical director/lighting designer/operator.
  • Ronnie Villa, sound and lights tech/operator.
  • Joell Tvedt, Pequot Lakes Community Education director/producer.

This production is produced in partnerships with Playscripts, Inc.

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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