Shrewsbury: Late last week children of all ages from the Shrewsbury Elementary School participated in theater week.
During the week-long event, students learned about all aspects of theater and performing arts. The event culminated with the children performing a guided play titled the “Golden Goose.”
All of the participants spent approximately nine hours learning their parts, rehearsing songs, and learning dances. Parts were distributed both by age and grade. Larger group parts were given to first and second graders. Smaller group parts were filled by third, fourth, and fifth grade students. Children between the fifth and eight grades performed singular roles.
Prior to the start of the play, Michael Taugenslag reminded the audience that the children were performing a guided play intended to tell a fictitious medieval story about finding a cure for making four young princesses laugh. All of the children were encouraged to "do their best."
Under the directive of the king and queen, anyone that could make the four princesses laugh would be given three sacks of gold.
Having learned of the bounty, a poor mother known for her “special” porridge, her bratty boys, rude girls, and “too stupid”children all began separate quests to find the cure.
During their quest, the rude girls, bratty boys, and “too stupid” children all had their trips interrupted by the Wee Ones, a pack of young Irish woods children that knew how to make the princesses laugh.
In exchange for food, the Wee Ones would relinquish the powerful secret; however, both the rude girls and bratty boys refused to share their food with the Wee Ones. Sneakily, the Wee Ones sent both parties to the palace where they made fools of themselves scaring the already timid princesses. Subsequently both groups were vanished to the lock-up chambers beneath the city.
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After help from the audience, the play continued with the “too stupid” girls heading to the palace to make the princesses laugh. On their way they too found themselves conversing with the Wee Ones. But unlike their brothers and sisters, they shared the food and found the real secret to the cure.
When morning arrived the “too stupid” children took the golden goose to the palace, at which time the princess learned to laugh again. Having solved the problem, the poor mother was summoned to the palace where she was reunited with her bratty boys, rude girls, and the now “too smart” girls.
The entire presentation was put together entirely by the students. Although they did not write the story line, students were encouraged to add lib when necessary. The play closed with one last group song and dance before the children left the stage to find their family and friends waiting for them in the audience.
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