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Lesson in kindness

Hebbville Academy presents 'The Elves and the Shoemaker'

By LISA BROWN

 There's a lesson about kindness on stage at Hebbville Academy this month.

 A cast and crew of more than two dozen students, teachers and parents will present the children's classic "The Elves and the Shoemaker" March 25 and 26.

 This marks the fourth year the school's drama group, under the direction of teacher Lynnette Babin, has staged a spring production. Past shows have been huge successes and the director says she believes this year will be no exception.

 "This play I've been wanting to do for a number of years," Ms Babin says. "It is a feel-good play. It's all about doing something good for your neighbour."

 Last year, the academy invited several elementary schools in the area to view their production of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." They're doing the same thing this time around.

 "The kids were absolutely enamoured by the play, so we decided we'd like to do children's classics as often as possible so that we might share it with the younger kids. What good is theatre if we can't share it," Ms Babin says.

 

Merydie Ross, left, and Jessie Harlow portray Lockhart and Matilda Cobblestone in Hebbville Academy's production of "The Elves and the Shoemaker" March 25 and 26. Lisa Brown photo

 The story of "The Elves and the Shoemaker" is a tale about a poor couple, Lockhart and Matilda Cobblestone, who are down to their last pennies. Yet, by continuing to give to others despite their own dire situation, they reap the kindness of others, particularly a band of helpful elves.

 All is not cheery throughout the play, however. There is an antagonist in the form of the landlady, Sneerella, but like the others she gets her due in the end.

 While the play is not a musical, the director says there will be singing with the assistance of a pianist and a flutist.

 "By the end of the play, all of the audience will know the tune and will be singing it," the director says. "It is really a nice family experience to come here and see the play."

 Merydie Ross, who plays Lockhart Cobblestone, says students are having a great time practicing for the performance.

 "It's a lot of fun. We get to act like an old couple losing their marbles," she says, glancing at her "wife," played by Jessie Harlow.

 "On stage you're not you anymore, you're the character and their characters are way over the top," Jessie adds.

 "The Elves and the Shoemaker" goes on stage each night at 7 p.m. The school is asking for a suggested donation of $4 for adults and $2 for students, children and seniors.

  March 17, 2004  
 
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