AES to Perform The Fisherman and His Wife

Jenna Atkinson and Scott McGee are the professional performers from Children’s Stage Adventures that will be guiding the students of Alexander Elementary through their performance of The Fisherman and His Wife. (Submitted photo)

By Lura Jackson

What if you could have any wish you wanted? The premise of the beloved Grimm’s fairy tale, The Fisherman and His Wife, is one that delights the imagination – but like any fairy tale worth its weight in lore, there’s a lesson to be learned as well. The students of Alexander Elementary School [AES], under the guidance of professional theater group Children’s Stage Adventures [CSA] of New Hampshire, are preparing to share the story with the community this Friday.

The whole school participated in the auditioning process on Monday with great enthusiasm, shared Jenna Atkinson and Scott McGee, the CSA performers helping with the production. This is the second year in a row that CSA has worked with AES, and the children were very excited to see them again.

“They remember how much fun it was last year and knew what to expect from us during the auditions,” Atkinson writes. “We always ask the children to use loud voices and expressive bodies and faces during the audition, and they really brought their A-game!”

The performance will involve forty students ranging from pre-K to 8th grade. With last year’s experience under their belt, the children know what to expect with the demanding production schedule. “It is a different show than last year, but it is the same process so the children already know the what it takes to learn and perform a show with only five days and sixteen hours of rehearsal,” Atkinson explains. “It’s amazing to see how much they can accomplish in such a short amount of time.”

AES Principal Trevor Flood concurred. “The students have shown tremendous talent and commitment, and perhaps most impressive is that the students do this in only one school week. CSA is an amazing experience for many students, something they remember and talk enthusiastically about.”

 

The AES performance of The Fisherman and His Wife will be held on Friday, November 30th, at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. It is open to the public for a minimal ticket fee. All proceeds from ticket sales will go toward AES’s Theatre and Arts program.