What would happen if the most notorious villains from fairy tales went on trial? This year’s fifth-grade play answered that question as the production was ripped right from the pages of the Brothers Grimm and into the courtroom in their rendition of Dana Proulx-Willis’ Fairytale Courtroom. The 5E class put the Big Bad Wolf on trial for the havoc he wreaks in fairytales, while the 5M class prosecuted the Wicked Witch for her crimes of disrupting society.
Grade 5M kicked off the trials, with the prosecution calling numerous characters to the stand– including the Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, and even the Boy Who Cried Wolf–to identify the creature who harassed them. Even with witnesses pointing their finger at the wolf as the perpetrator, the jury had the final say in a guilty or not guilty verdict.
To conclude the set of trials, the 5M students placed the Wicked Witch on trial, calling classic creatures including the Scarecrow, one of the flying monkeys, and the Magic Mirror. The defense pleaded to the jury to clear her name, but the prosecution rebuked their efforts. In an indignant outburst, the Wicked Witch cursed the whole room, leaving the audience looking over their shoulder as they departed the room.
The spring play, directed by Lower School drama teacher Jenny Lifson, was a delightful retelling of the classic fairy tales we all know and love, with snappy one-liners and imaginative scenarios for all ages to enjoy. Stay tuned for the sixth-grade production of Disney’s Frozen Jr. in April!
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