EASTBROOK — Come snow, sleet or sniffles, the show must go on.
Cave Hill School students staged an entire play — from casting to curtain call — last week. With a snow day on Monday and a delayed start on Tuesday, they didn’t get the full five days of preparation originally planned.
Principal Brenda Jordan said by last Wednesday morning, she was on pins and needles wondering what theatrical catastrophe might be next. But the worst was over, and the cast (comprised of nearly the entire K-8 student body), worked double time on its production of “Cry Wolf,” a musical comedy adaptation of the classic Aesop’s fable, “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.”
“We’re really proud of how hard they worked,” said Mary Aalbue, one of two actors with Children’s Stage Adventures to coach the 71-member cast. Performances were held at 12:45 and 5 p.m. Dec. 21.
The nonprofit traveling theater program brings with it everything needed to stage a play, from scripts and choreography to costumes, set and stage lights. The schools provide the actors, and there was an enthusiastic group of those at Cave Hill.
Casting was held Tuesday. Emily DesJardin was inspired in the lead role of young shepherd Friedrich Schafer, a well-meaning lad led astray by a group of hooligans. Abby Johnson shone as cunning Wolfy. A flock of red-cheeked cherubs dressed as sheep stole the show.
“Cry Wolf” is set in a small Bavarian town known for its stinky cheese and itchy sweaters. Friedrich has taken on the post of shepherd after his grandfather’s retirement. When the hooligans convince him to falsely cry “wolf,” he loses the trust of his fellow citizens. He must win it back while protecting his flock — both human and sheep.
One of the high points of the show is when a haphazard band of cheese makers wearing colander helmets rush on stage to fend off the big bad wolves.
“We’re cheese makers — not chumps!” proclaims the posse at one point.
There’s also a pretty great chase seen.
An anonymous donor helped bring the Children’s Stage Adventures program back to Cave Hill.
Correction: One of the child actors was misidentified in the photo caption. She is Ella Kerrigan.