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New Richmond Utilities sponsors educational performances on energy conservation

New Richmond Utilities sponsored a touring theater show designed to educate young students about the concepts of energy conservation and efficiency, renewable energy and electrical safety.

The fast-paced, educational show called “Showdown at Conservation Canyon” is presented by the National Theatre for Children (NTC) — the largest in-school educational touring theater company in the world. The program uses colorful sets and engaging characters to teach students about the importance of conserving energy and establishing responsible energy habits.

The interactive program encourages audience participation and presents lessons in a manner that children enjoy. In the program “Showdown at Conservation Canyon,” Sheriff Gary Gooper learns the citizens of Dodge Ball City are wasting energy. Eager to change the city from their wasting ways, Gary enlists the help of his friends to get to the bottom of this dilemma and to help him in an upcoming showdown. They inform him about the uses of energy and how electricity and energy are made. Gary soon learns the importance of energy conservation and is able to transform the city’s wasteful ways while restoring order in Dodge Ball City.

The NTC tours the United States presenting educational theater in schools on behalf of sponsoring organizations. The NTC is based in Minneapolis and uses live theater, curriculum materials and teacher guides to educate children, teachers, adults and parents about energy conservation.

After the performance, teachers have an opportunity to complete evaluations and download the curriculum materials and activities for classroom use.

Local performances took place at Paperjack Elementary and St. Mary’s School.

The performances are coordinated by New Richmond Utilities’ power supplier, WPPI Energy, a regional power company serving 51 customer-owned electric utilities. WPPI Energy members are committed to working together to help educate the next generation of energy users for a better energy future. In 2010, WPPI Energy members sponsored 178 shows at more than 100 schools. Since 1997, WPPI Energy members have reached more than 350,000 elementary schools through NTC performances.