Children ages 9-13 are invited to be inspired by fantastical Norwegian folk tales by participating in the 11th annual Summer Youth Theater Program, July 15-27.

During this collaboration between Vesterheim Museum, Upstart Crow Theatreworks and ArtHaus, participants will explore the lives and writings of Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe, who collected and published traditional Norwegian tales and legends during the nineteenth century into the book, "East o' the Sun & West o' the Moon."

Each day of the two-week program includes fun theatre warm-ups and games that build the skills needed for performance. Led by director Lindsey Harman, the group will tour Vesterheim's collections and create an original play to be presented during Decorah's Nordic Fest. Participants will weave together the iconic stories from "East o' the Sun & West o' the Moon" with the experience of those who originally shared them, and Asbjørnsen and Moe's labor of love in collecting them.

Workshop dates and times are Monday through Friday, July 15-26, 9 a.m.-noon. The cost is $125, which includes all materials and snacks. Partial scholarships are available. Performances are July 26 and 27, at Vesterheim's Bethania Lutheran Church.

The program is sponsored by Joan Losen and Gemini Inc. in Decorah, and through an anonymous gift.

Lindsey Harman holds an MFA in theatre performance from Arizona State University and teaches theatre and voice in Decorah. She graduated from Luther College in 2001 with a major in theatre and a minor in vocal performance. She returned to Decorah in 2007 and spends the majority of her time with her young family.

To register, or for more information, contact Jennifer Kovarik at Vesterheim, 563-382-9681 or, or check online at