Willsboro A total of 45 elementary school students at Willsboro Central School will take to the stage this weekend to tell tales of a bear in search of the ultimate honey pot.
The school will present “Winnie the Pooh Kids,” based on the A.A. Milne story that has been retold in motion pictures and more starting Friday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. Additional performances will take place Saturday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m.
Admission to the show is $5, with children under five admitted for free.
The cast consists of students in the school’s elementary grades, starting as young as Pre-Kindergarten and going through sixth grade.
“The elementary students have been working very hard since early December on bringing A.A. Milne’s classic story to life,” Drama Club advisor and play director Derrick Hopkins said. “Our primary focus at the elementary level continues to focus on building a foundation of theatre: memorization, projection, enunciation, character development, and fun.”
Hopkins said the annual elementary performances are a chance to give young students the opportunity to try out and experience the stage.
“Our students range in experience level with many experiencing theatre for the first time or jumping into a leading role for the first time,” he said. “The elementary musical also provides high school students the opportunity to continue to grow in their technical theatre education with emphasis on lighting and stage management. The students, and adults, are thrilled to bring you this wonderful story.”
Hayden Trow plays the title roll, while Erinn Walker plays best friend Piglet, Jayde Trow the bounc-iful Tigger, Lydia Valachovic plays the role of Pooh’s tummy, Sierra Bronson the melancholy Eeyore, Desiree Cassavaugh the motherly Kanga, Everett Cassavaugh the playful Roo, Alexis Stoker the short-fused Rabbit and Joelle Steeves the “wise” Owl.