What happens after the text ends and the fairy tale is over?
Twenty-nine students at Five Acre School are giving a community performance of "Happily Ever After: The Rest of the Story" at
12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 25. Both performances will be held in the Peninsula College Little Theatre, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles. Admission is free.
An additional all-school production, featuring 85 students, is scheduled for the families and friends of Five Acre students at
6:45 p.m. Thursday, March 26, and Friday, March 27.
For the past 10 years, Five Acre students have put on shows with the sole intention of delighting family and friends. This year, for the first time ever, the school is staging two "extra" performances for the general public in an effort to continue the community spirit of the "Beat the Blues" barn dance held last month that attracted more than 600 partygoers and raised more than $18,000.
"Both the parents and the administration have decided to include the public in our events to a greater extent than we have in the past," said Bill Jevne, principal and school co-founder.
"There aren't a lot of shows that are suitable for the entire family, but this is for everybody."
Be aware though, organizers warned about the story line: This isn't your typical fairy tale.
Sleeping Beauty doesn't like naps. Rumplestiltskin still wants a baby. The Wolf is tired of huffing and puffing. And Hansel and Gretel have escaped the witch but still are starving and they don't trust their father.
In "Happily Ever After: The Rest of the Story," these timeless characters have decided it's time to make a change.
Written by Juanita Ramsey-Jevne, Five Acre arts teacher and co-founder, the show features all original music and songs and the talents of the students in the school's third- through sixth-grade "Explorer" class.
"In this story, we pick up right where the old stories leave off and the characters say, 'Hey! We've got to do something about our situation,'" Ramsey-Jevne said.
"I guarantee a new and surprising ending for each of the characters."
A full 90-minute production, students have been rehearsing intensely for several weeks. Every student in the class participates as an actor, musician or both.
The all-school production for family members and friends is longer, a little more than two hours.
"This is the most real-life test you can take," Ramsey-Jevne said.
"You study and then you perform on stage in front of people and you don't want to make simple mistakes like you might on a spelling quiz."
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