BOOKSHELF THEATER PRESENTED
AT LAKE HILLS ELEMENTARY

THE KIDS CAFE opened in May and hosted 6 classes from Lake Hills Elementary. As students entered the cafe, they were greeted with the sounds of Spanish music and candlelit tables for their dining pleasure. Our cafe assistancts served juice drinks and desserts to each class as they enjoyed their lunch.

The goal of our class project was to leverage the benefits of theater to increase knowledge and understanding of several selections of literature.

Students auditioned for specific roles and we worked on our script and stage blocking for several weeks. Mike Conn, our art teacher, helped us construct library backdrop and our parents helped with much of the costuming.

HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED what it would be like to have the stories and poems in a library come to life? During our class play, The Bookshelf Theater, a weary custodian suspects problems in the school library after it has been locked up for the night. Imagine this!

HARRY POTTER
AND THE SORCERER'S STONE

As an orphan, Harry has been living with his aunt, uncle, and cousin. He is invited to attend a school of wizardry by the headmaster of Hogwarts School. He has his train ticket and needs a ride to the mysterious Plantform 9 3/4; but Harry's aunt and uncle pay little attention to his request and are more concerned with their son's problem.

SARAH, PLAIN, AND TALL

The children's mother had died in giving birth to Caleb. Now Caleb and his sister, Anna, anxiously await the arrivial of thier father, Jacob, who is returning home with Sarah Wheaton, a plain and tall lady from Maine who responded to Jacob's advertisement for a wife.

THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE

Sent away from London during the war, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are living with an old Professor. Lucy has just returned from an adventure in a wardrobe and tells the others about Narnia and a faun she meets in the woods. However, Susan and Peter question the reliability of her report and seek out the council of the wise professor.

STONE FOX

Little Willy's grandfather is very ill and is unable to pay his land taxes. Willy is convinced he can help if he uses his own money to enter a dogsled race in Wyoming. Mayor Smiley is afraid Willy cannot compete with native American, Stone Fox, and will lose all his college savings. Little Willy, however, is determined that he and his dog, Searchlight, will win the $500 award.

SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS

The three Baudelaire children just lost their parents in a terrible fire. The dark tone of Lemony Snicket's books focus on the many unfortunate events of the orphaned children. The authors read from the second chapter of book one: The Bad Beginning.

THIS PROJECT was made possible by a grant from the North Bank Communities Fund, a designated fund of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation. The purpose of the fund is to support educational, environmental, and recreational needs and opportunities in the municipalities of Ferrysburg, Spring Lake Village, and Spring Lake Township.

Bookshelf Theater Cast
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 Caleb Witting

  Michael Davis  

Dudley Dursley

  Shane Jean-Marie

 Anna Witting

  Tori Holman  

Harry Potter

  Gabe Ashendorf

Jacob Witting 

  Dane Norburn  

Snicket 1 

  Hannah Robin

Sarah Wheaton 

  Kristen Woods  

Snicket 2 

  Jonathan Keur

Mayor Smiley 

  Rylee Tuggle  

Snicket 3

  Elizabeth Valle

Little Willy 

  Dustin VanVelzen  

Professor 

  CJ Stock

Uncle Vernon 

  Katie Martin  

Susan 

  Victoria Petersen

Aunt Petunia 

  Kayla Wells  

Peter 

  Charlie Ainsworth

Photos by Ted Woods

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