Things took a dramatic turn at Two Harbors Public Library as a group of children received the chance to be in a play June 27. Three kids and two parents took their turn on the stage to play a role in "We Are in a Play."

First, children's services library assistant Carmella Hatch introduced the children to some theater basics and led them through vocal exercises to prepare them to speak on stage.

"Now that we can hear you, try adding some emotion to your lines," Hatch said.

The actors practiced saying the vocal warm-up "Those old boats don't float" with excitement, fear, sadness and anger.

Then it was time to move on to the play at hand. The play was adapted from "Mo Willems Elephant and Piggie" books and featured the characters of Elephant, Piggie, Brian Bat, Snake and Whale.

Heidi Selvog and Mason Koskela follow along in their scripts while rehearsing "We are in a Play" at Two Harbors Public Library. (Teri Cadeau/News-Chronicle)
Heidi Selvog and Mason Koskela follow along in their scripts while rehearsing "We are in a Play" at Two Harbors Public Library. (Teri Cadeau/News-Chronicle)

The actors ran through the play once with scripts, then rehearsed a few more times, adding in props, ad-libbed lines and practicing their bows at the end. Hatch created a slideshow with the lines available for reference to make it easier for the actors.

The group had a final performance, took some deep bows and sped off to enjoy the warm summer weather.

(Editor's note: Reporter Teri Cadeau took part in the play by performing one line as the character of Whale.)