The Humanity of Little House

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Little House on the Prairie: The Musical, which made its world premiere at the Guthrie and will play New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse in September before launching a national tour, has partnered with Habitat for Humanity, the non-profit international organization dedicated to providing affordable housing to the poor and needy.

As part of the partnership, Little House producers will donate a minimum of $1,500 per week from weekly box-office receipts across the country. The show's cast and crew, including Melissa Gilbert (who stars as Ma), will also help local Habitat for Humanity affiliates build homes in each city the show visits.

Gilbert, who also played Laura in the TV version of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, said in a statement, "Habitat for Humanity is truly one of the most important, most wonderful organizations in this country and around the world. An enduring message of Little House on the Prairie – the importance above all of a home and a strong family - is exactly the mission of Habitat. There couldn't be a more perfect match between a show and an organization. As we travel across the country during the next year, we are looking forward to getting involved in a variety of ways in each city to do our part to aid in Habitat's mission to bring affordable housing to those in need."

Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International, added, "We are extremely grateful to Melissa Gilbert, the cast and producers of Little House on the Prairie: The Musical for supporting our mission and engaging audiences across the country to build greater awareness of the need for affordable housing. The Ingalls family's struggles in difficult conditions parallel the challenges many families face today in trying to secure better futures for themselves and their children. It's our hope this new interpretation of an ageless classic will remind fans both young and old of the importance of a safe, simple and decent home."

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