If you go

What: ”Arikaree and the Frack Frack Monster”

When: Noon Saturday

Where: Sister City Plaza, at the corner of Broadway and Canyon Boulevard in Boulder

More info: occupyboulder.org

You’re never too young to be a playwright, as a Boulder 12-year-old proves with her show about fracking.

Aster Arwen-LaFountain’s play, called “Arikaree and the Frack Frack Monster,” was inspired by her and her family’s opposition to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

"I care so much about the Earth, I can’t stand to see it go down like this," Aster said. "I thought, ‘If I wrote a play about it, people would fight fracking with me, together.’"

The free performance will be at noon Saturday at Sister City Plaza, at the corner of Broadway and Canyon Boulevard. Aster, a seventh-grader at Manhattan Middle School, said she wrote the play in half a day.

It’s a puppet-based story about how a fracking machine poisons the water of a nearby river, causing animals to become sick until the narrator calls for the children in the audience to help chase away the monster in a way that recalls reviving Tinkerbell in “Peter Pan,” said Aster’s mother, Elicia Arwen.

"My daughter wanted other kids to feel like they could get involved and play along with it, with their stuffed animals," Arwen said.

Aster and her mom handcrafted the eight papier-mache puppets with other Occupy Boulder members.

Aster has also participated in Occupy Boulder and fought against bullying at her former school, Columbine Elementary.

"Aster is constantly writing and reading and talking about injustice and current events going on in the world. She was born that way," Arwen said. "She’s been a champion of justice since she was 2 years old."

Drilling companies say fracking — injecting a pressurized mixture of water, sand and chemicals into underground rock formations to allow for the flow of oil or gas — is safe, but activists charge that water and air are tainted by the chemicals used in the process.

Aster is also writing a novel, which will be “a fantasy about a set of girls as they set out to help the Earth,” she said.

"I get pretty stressed out during the school year, but I guess I manage," she said. "When you really care about something this much, you just go for it. You find the time."

Contact Camera Staff Writer Cory Lamz at 303-473-1361 or lamzc@dailycamera.com.