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Walnut Grove hosts Laura Ingalls Wilder outdoor theater

WALNUT GROVE — To commemorate the 45th anniversary of "The Little House on the Prairie" television show, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Walnut Grove will host a cast reunion this weekend, along with the 42nd annual Wilder Pageant. The reunion will feature 10 cast members, said Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum Director Amy Foster. Cast members who are appearing include Charlotte Stewart, Alison Arngrim, Dean Butler, Hersha Parady, Wendi Lou Lee, Sidney Greenbush, Radames Pera, Pamela Roylance, Lindsay Kennedy and David Friedman. They will speak to the audience, sign autographs and hold a photo session. "They always enjoy speaking with fans," Foster said. Typically one or two cast members visit the museum each year, but it's rare that so many come together at once. One of the crowd's favorite parts is usually the question and answer session, Foster added. Fans of the show love asking about what it was like to play their beloved characters. The reunion is Friday and Saturday with the gates opening at 5 p.m. and the reunion beginning at 7 p.m. Following the reunion each night at 9 p.m. is the performance of the Wilder Pageant, titled "On the Banks of Plum Creek." The pageant will also take place next weekend, July 19 and 20, with gates opening at 7 p.m. and performance beginning at 9 p.m.

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