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"Climb" Theater Company has been touring the area, and presented its show to elementary students at Perham, St. Henry's and St. Paul's. The educational play features a walking bag of garbage, which helps kids learn about recycling and waste reduction.

'Trashy' theater comes to Perham

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"Climb" performs trashy theater, but there's nothing profane or obscene about the content and message--which was delivered to several hundred Perham students last week.


How do you get kids excited about garbage...and the impact of garbage on the environment?

One way to get kids' attention is to put together a clever script; enlist three dynamic young actors; and put on a cool and contemporary traveling show that educates students about waste reduction, reuse, and recycling.

Climb Theatre presented the play "Trash" to an enthusiastic audience of Perham area students.

The troupe, which travels to schools throughout the Midwest, performed for St. Paul's and St. Henry's private school students on Feb. 27, and on March 2 for grade 3-6 students at Prairie Wind Middle School.

The environmental message is delivered through one kid, who is clueless about what happens to garbage after it leaves his house. Another actor plays the role of a large, black, plastic garbage bag.

The message is humorous, but substantive. Actors help the young students imagine nine Metrodomes filled with garbage--which is what Minnesotans throw away in solid waste.

Garbage is of no concern whatsoever to average kid James Gillwhistle, until the day he carries the family trash to the curb and it walks back with him and continues to follow him throughout his daily activities. Desperate to rid himself of his comical but stinky companion, James and the audience learn about waste reuse, reduction and recycling.

These are the educational objectives of the program:

To reinforce the concept of waste reduction, reuse and recycling

To present environmental incentives for reducing, reusing and recycling

To empower students to lead the way by practicing waste reduction, reuse and recycling, and to influence adults to follow their example

To present some of the excuses for not practicing waste reduction, reuse and recycling, and to suggest ways to counter these excuses

The program was made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board, a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The major source of funding for the visit to Perham and other elementary schools in the area came from the Otter Tail County Solid Waste Department.