“Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale.” — Anonymous.
It was that theme that spurred a premier event for students and faculty at East Rockingham Elementary School. On April 18, 420 adults and children gathered in the school’s gymnasium to attend a magic dinner theater of the classic fairy tale, “Snow White.”
Under the direction of Alison Parsons, elementary students auditioned, rehearsed and fine-tuned the adapted story of Snow White and seven very unique dwarfs — Giggle Toes, Sour-Puss and Snores-A-Lot, just to mention a few. Students also took the stage in the form of seven colorful narrators, “Energized” bunnies, evil spirits and forest trees. A special student-formed choir provided the sound effects for the evening.
Prior to the first act, guests received dinner fit for a king, including menu items such as Huntsman’s Grilled Chicken, Snow White’s Spring Salad and Poison Apple Cupcakes.
Also contributing to the evening entertainment was the Richmond Senior High Jazz Ensemble, which performed lively music as guests made their way inside the school.
“It was not any one person who made this such a magical night, it was a concerted effort by all faculty and staff members,” said Debbie Wrenn, principal of East Rockingham Elementary.
Wrenn, who attended the event, said the night was phenomenal and the play received “rave reviews.”
She said dinner theater takes a lot of work and is very taxing on the staff, that’s why there is only one every couple of years.
— Staff Writer Laura Edington can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 18, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.