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Practice began in 90 degree plus heat on Monday at the Wilder Outdoor Theater for the 44th year of the “Fragments of a Dream” outdoor drama about the early life of the Laura Ingalls Wilder family in Walnut Grove in the 1880’s.

The Wilder Pageant is a family-oriented outdoor drama based on the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder in Walnut Grove.  It is a live performance each night with all characters from the Walnut Grove area. Laura narrates the story, reflecting on her life in Walnut Grove in the 1870’s. Here’s this year’s cast:

Ma Ingalls: Beth Danielowski

Pa Ingalls: Errol Steffen

Mary Ingalls: Madison Alexander

Laura Ingalls: Messina Lessman

Carrie Ingalls: Olivia Sazama

Grace Ingalls: Brylee Dambroten-Gielczyk

Old Laura: Heidi Morgan


James Kennedy: Daryl Hrdlicka

Margaret Kennedy: Wendy Rogotzke

Nettie Kennedy: Jada Schmidt

Christy Kennedy: Autumn Thomas

Sandy Kennedy: Henry Plaetz

Cassie Kennedy: Fiona Bayer

Daniel Kennedy: Alex Hrdlicka

Edwin Kennedy: Ethan Alexander

Elizabeth Kennedy: Konsondra Duerksen

Alice Kennedy: Brylee Dambroten-Gielczyk


William Oleson: Daniel Desmith

Margaret Oleson: Julie Danielowski

Willie Oleson: Cal Lessman

Nellie Oleson: Adilee Dambroten-Neu


Mr. Hanson: Chris Alexander

Mrs. Hanson: Norma Raymond


Eleck Nelson: Matt Coleman

Olena Nelson: Soni Nyquist

Anna Nelson:  Skye Nyquist

Hjalmer Nelson: Otto Nyquist

Julia Nelson: Adyson Morgan


Johnny Johnson: Frederick Plaetz


Reverend Alden: Lowell Highby

Aunt Docia:


Clementina Bedal: Taryn Lessman

Eva Bedal: Isabelle Nyquist

Grace Bedal: Jennie Clapp


Elias Bedal: Daryl Hrdlicka


Julie Tower: Maddie Alvstad


Doc Hoyt: Lowell Highby

Myra Hoyt: Tara Roberts