Sippican School students get lost in a folktale

By Andrea Ray | May 02, 2018
Photo by: Andrea Ray Camila Pareskava, playing one of the three little rabbits in a Turkish folk tale, wonders why she can't build her house in a tree instead of underground. She performed in the May 2 production of "Folktales for Fun," at Sippican School.

Marion — Sippican School students acted out folktales this year in the school's production, "Folktales for Fun."

The play, which ran on May 2, was directed by Sippican School teachers Chelsey Lawrence and MJ Menezes. A large cast of students acted out various folktales from around the world. Some of the tales bore a striking similarity to classic tales from childhood.

During one story, a young Aztec woman is ordered to clean instead of meeting the emperor is gifted with golden slippers. "Hold on!" one of the students says. "I know this story. It's Cinderella! They're ripping off Disney!"

"Is it?" the storyteller asked. "This story is over 4,000 years old."

With that, the play launched into a Turkish version of "The Three Little Pigs," featuring the same slinky fox, and three rabbits who refused to build their homes under the ground.

The play featured folktales from Germany, Egypt, Turkey and Liberia amongst others.

Julia Caron and Nicholas Huaco dance it out as a pair of fair-weather friends—the turtle and the leopard—during "Folktales for Fun." (Photo by: Andrea Ray)
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