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Ticonderoga elementary play to focus on bullying

Performance March 22

Ticonderoga Elementary School students will present “Hugo the Hero” Saturday, March 22, at 7 p.m. Rehearsing a scene are, from left, Zach LaBarge as the bully, Aidan Porter as Hugo and Kaelee Kristensen as Daisy.

Ticonderoga Elementary School students will present “Hugo the Hero” Saturday, March 22, at 7 p.m. Rehearsing a scene are, from left, Zach LaBarge as the bully, Aidan Porter as Hugo and Kaelee Kristensen as Daisy.

— Ticonderoga Elementary School students will present a play with a message.

More than 50 students will take part in “Hugo the Hero.” The play will be performed Saturday, March 22, at 7 p.m.

“It’s the story of a boy with a strange name who moves to a new school,” Wayne Chagnon, a music teacher and play director, said. “He has to deal with some bullying until other students learn to help him and adopt him as one of their own.”

The play is part of the school’s character education program, Chagnon said.

For the first time ever, the annual play will be performed on a Saturday.

“We pride ourselves on presenting a family-friendly evening of entertainment,” Chagnon said. “It’s been very popular in the past. We thought we may be able to make it easier for people to attend by holding it on a Saturday.

“The kids have worked very hard and are taking it very seriously,” he said. “I think we’ll have a great show.”

Aidan Porter will play Hugo. Zach LaBarge will be the bully. Kaelee Kristensen will portray Daisy and Madison Fish will be Mrs. Applebee.

Also taking part in the production will be Ruthie Cole, Maciey Dorsett, Grace Harker, Yarr Tyler, Brooke Bennett, Anna Maneri, Olivia Powers, Lizzy Rich, Conner Rafferty;

Merecedes Connors, Alex Fingland, Laura Grinnell, Jacob Jordan, Stevie Montville, Haily Reed, Rayea Decker, Monty Benedict, Riley Dinsmore, Jade Frasier, Ashton Gilbert, Colby Hall, Delaney Reeves, Gianna Sherman, Elizabeth Snyder, Owen Stonitsch;

Paige Bennett, TJ Bilow, Kennedy Davis, Brayton Molina, Nevaeh Trudeau, Gabe Vigliotti, Jadyn Defayette, Natasha Manning, Alex Hudak;

Ruby Bennett, Meredith Green, Kylee Huestis, Matthew Maneri, Jaylynn Molina, Kirsten Strum, Marie Cole, Magan Jordan, Kailey LaCourse, Noah Thurbon and Zyleen Tyler.

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