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Alexis Franklin (left) and Sean Tucker, with Hillside Youth Theater, sing on Tuesday as they point to the Pleiades, or Seven Sisters star cluster, during a rehearsal for the group’s upcoming performance of “Constellation Revelation and the Big Space” at Myers-Wilkins Auditorium at East High School. The musical play blends mythology and science to teach about the stars. (Bob King /

Dramatic lessons: Duluth theater camp nurtures confidence in young actors

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Samantha Laderman has been in two plays. She can’t remember the name of either.

But the confident, polished manner in which the 7-year-old (she turns


8 next month, she notes) talks about her experience in theater suggests that she has learned far more useful things during her time on stage.

“The arts seep into things that aren’t just

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