Young actors shine bright as members of Owls Theatre Company

The group is comprised of 6 kids from Kirksville and La Plata. (KTVO/Ashley Hoak)

A few northeast Missouri children spent the weekend showing off their acting skills.

"We are performing three Native American myths here at Take Root Cafe."

Those are the words of nine-year-old Noah Arbuckle.

He's a young actor with the Owls Theatre Company.

The group is comprised of 6 kids from Kirksville and La Plata.

The ages of the members range from five to 10 years old.

This weekend, the kids shined brightly on the stage found at Take Root Cafe in Kirksville.

Director of the Owls Theatre Company, Ethan Hughes, says he is proud of what the kids have accomplished.

He says they have been preparing for the performance for the past few months.

But more importantly - Hughes says the group is bettering the communities in which they live.

"The kids for me are heroes because they are doing community service, they are entertaining and raising money for important community projects."

The performance was free and open to anyone.

However, donations were accepted.

Funds raised will be donated to Take Root as well as Indigenous Iowa, which is a group fighting for environmental and social justice.

Owls Theatre Company presented three short plays which focused on animals and the wisdom they are able to teach us.

Six-year-old actress Lea Arbuckle says she enjoys being on stage any chance she can get.

"I really like theater and I have been on stage a lot. Whenever a new thing opens up, I really like to do it because I love theater."

As well as acting, the kids also performed stunts and music.

All agreed they were happy to be members of the Owls Theatre Company and can't wait until they are able to be on stage again.

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