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Westport students to present Christmas Truce

WESTPORT Westport fifth and sixth graders will reflect on peace and goodwill by performing a dramatic re-enactment of a historical Christmas miracle. The Christmas Truce is a production about the truce that began during World War I on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 1914, when German and British soldiers set aside hostilities to celebrate the holiday. Teacher Susan Satloff wrote the production. I wrote the play after reading several accounts as represented in the diaries and journals of some of the World War I British soldiers who were there that day in 1914. I took liberties in my retelling of this story to keep the performance brief and to accommodate an audience of younger children with simpler language, said Satloff. The play (which lasts about 12 minutes) will be performed on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 2:15 p.m during the schools character education assembly. The play addresses the theme of respect. Its a Christmas story, and good for the theme of respect, said Robert King, who is a member of the stage crew. Megan Sudduth, cast as one of the German soldiers, said the play included some basic German. German soldiers will wish everyone a Frohe Weihnachten, or Merry Christmas! The cast includes Megan Sudduth, Tyrel Tryon, Cheyenne Cramer, Aaron Schrauf, Sabrina Hendry, William Daha and James Moricette as German Soldiers and Amanda Henrich, Ryan Davis, Amber Logan, Alex Harrington, Domanic Banish, Matthew Scrauf, Kaitly Clarke and Matthew Sherman as British soldiers. Hannah Looby, Sarah Looby, Robert King, Shawn Bennett and Cheyenne White will serve as stage crews.

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