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Chuck Kuepfer Photo

Chuck Kuepfer Photo

HIGH SCHOOL PLAY — Drama students at Elmira District Secondary School are presenting A Not So Fairy Tale, Dec. 6-8. Among the 60 students in the play are, front row, from left: Melanie McArdle, Aaron Nafziger, Carli Jones, Tiffany Bauman, Carmen Hockley; back row: Austin Wilson, Emily Green, Sarah Martin, Janel Beatty, Kira Buckley, Shane MacDonald, Sarah Brown, and Shannon Pearson.

EDSS drama students present fairy tales with a twist

CHUCK KUEPFER, Staff Reporter

Drama students at Elmira District Secondary School are set to stage a play that features fairy tales that deviate from their traditional themes.

The play A Not So Fairy Tale, which is being presented as the school’s annual Christmas production, runs Dec. 6-8. 

“It’s a twist on the average fairy tale where the villains kind of take over the stories,” said drama student Austin Wilson. “It has very funny moments.”

“The villains manage to destroy all the stories and rewrite them,” said drama teacher DJ Carroll. 

A few unlikely heroes — an ogre, baker and woodcutter — are tasked with trying to stop the villains.

The play was written and adapted from well-known fairy tales by Carroll. The original production features an unusually large cast of about 60 students.

“This is a big one,” said Carroll, who indicated the show is suitable for all ages. “It’s a great family show. There’s dancing, choreographed fights and great acting.”

The cast of villains includes a wicked witch played by Janel Beatty, an unfamiliar role that requires her to cultivate a dark side.

“I like it actually,” said Beatty, who indicated it’s her first time in such a role. “Normally I’m always on the good side.”

Despite the exceptionally large cast, Beatty indicated all actors involved are needed to complete the play.

“Everyone has a really important role. It’s not just the lead characters,” Beatty said. 

Beatty said audiences will especially enjoy the story and its fight scenes, of which there are about 20. 

“It’s pretty funny, too,” she said.

A Not So Fairy Tale runs Dec. 6-8 in the EDSS gym.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. each day, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday (Dec. 8). The entire family can take in the matinee for $15.

Regular admission is $5 for children, $7 for students and seniors, and $10 for adults. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling the school at 519-669-5414. Doors open a half an hour prior to each show.

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