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School plays carry children into a fantasy world

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Community Middle School will perform Fantastic Mr. Fox, Friday and Saturday evening at 7 p.m. From left are members of Stage 13 Productions, Jessica Hesson, Alexi Gochee, Joel Powell, Sydney Gregory, Brooke Adams, and Breanna Lewis. Admission is $2.
(Submitted photo)
Mikey Cook, Zack Fitzsimonds and Kyle Walker ham it up in Shelbyville Central High School's production of Goldilocks and the Three Pigs.
(T-G Photo by Tracy Simmons)












It had to happen eventually -- Fairy Tale Land is a small close-knit community -- so its no surprise that Goldilocks eventually ran into the Three Pigs. The pigs are living together in the remaining brick house, and feeling a bit cramped, when they discover Goldilocks hiding from a witch.

The mash-up of two classics was a delight to over 3,200 Bedford County elementary students who giggled as the pigs struggled to speak the word "wolf."

A dual cast of the Theatre Arts Group at Shelbyville Central High School performed "Goldilocks and the Three Pigs," for the public over the weekend, then for each elementary school over two days.

The fall children's plays are a seasonal staple, one that has been in place for 17 years. Newly hired by then-principal Mike Bone, the drama director Marla Jennings was given a directive she couldn't turn down.

"My mom, Mary Frances Gordon, and Frieda Bone, who both taught at Eakin Primary, told me that it would be a great idea for my drama students to do a fall children's play," she said.

This week Jennings saw the legacy of the plays come full circle.

"Many of my high school actors remember the children's plays that they came to watch when they were in elementary school," said Jennings.

During the play's run, she greeted at least eight elementary school teachers who had performed in the fall children's play when they were high school students at Central.

"Truly, it comes full circle," said Jennings. "But it also makes me feel old."

Central's next production will be a full evening of holiday one-act plays and musical entertainment which will run Dec. 8 through 11. A buffet of free desserts and drinks will be served during intermission.

On another front, Community High School has also been busy in the production department. Students there will perform Fantastic Mr. Fox, Friday and Saturday evening at 7 p.m.