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Tweens of Patterson Players to make debut performance

March 31, 2016
Westfield Republican

The Patterson Players are set to make their debut performance on Saturday, April 9. The group will perform "The Pirate Cruncher" at 11 a.m. in the Children's area of the Patterson Library. There will be no admission costs for the event.

The Patterson Players consists of seven "tweens" between the ages of nine and 13. The group has been rehearsing "The Pirate Cruncher" for the past eight weeks under the direction of Hyla Stellhorn. The program has been sponsored by a grant from the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation.

The Players have adapted "The Pirate Cruncher" from the children's book of the same name by Jonny Duddle. The story follows a crew visiting a mysterious island full of hidden treasures. Greed eventually gets to the crew and hilarious adventures ensue.

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Members of the Patterson Players hang out and practice ahead of their April 9 debut performance.

"I'm so proud of everyone," said Stellhorn. "They come each week very enthusiastic about the show and have worked really hard on it."

Apart from rehearsing the show, each of the Patterson Players have played a role in all aspects of the show from adapting the story and designing their puppets for the show.

The Patterson Library offers weekly and monthly programs for children, teens, and adults as well as additional programming for the annual summer reading program. For more information about the library's offerings, visit



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