Students perform fractured fairy talesThese aren’t your typical fairy tales. Cinderella and Snow White duke it out during an interview over “Who’s the Fairest”; Alexander T. Wolf tells how he was framed by the three little pigs; Jack and the Little Red Hen cross paths with a hungry giant; and the Frog Prince decides domestic life isn’t bliss.
By: Maria Lockwood, Superior Telegram
These aren’t your typical fairy tales. Cinderella and Snow White duke it out during an interview over “Who’s the Fairest”; Alexander T. Wolf tells how he was framed by the three little pigs; Jack and the Little Red Hen cross paths with a hungry giant; and the Frog Prince decides domestic life isn’t bliss.
Students from the Superior Middle School forensics program bring these fractured fairy tales to life during a new event designed to let SMS students shine. The Forensics Fiesta Family Literacy Night runs 5-7 p.m. Wednesday in the middle school cafetorium. It starts with a taco dinner and silent auction 5-6 p.m., featuring live music from Amy Eichers and the Strollers. Forensics team members take the stage 6-7 p.m. to present their twisted tales, many plucked from the works of author Jon Scieszka. Everyone is invited; free-will donations will be accepted.
“People don’t see all the wonderful things happening here at the middle school,” said Assistant Principal Josie Hoem. The fiesta, she said, “is a way to show the community what’s really here.”
The taco dinner will be prepared by students from Family and Consumer Education (FACE) classes. Students from the industrial technology classes will provide items for the auction, including wooden tables and whirling wind art. Any student can sign up to help with clean-up and serving. And the members of the forensics team get a chance to perform in Superior.
This year, 67 students were involved in forensics. No, they didn’t examine dead bodies. Forensics is a term that means to prove with evidence, and was originally a debate-style event. Today, students have a wide range of performance options — poetry, theater, speeches, radio broadcasting and other communicating arts. They have a regional competition in Spooner, then state competition in Eau Claire.
“They usually don’t get a chance to show off their performances locally for their parents,” said advisor Andrea Moreau.
The activity keeps kids coming back, year after year.
“You get better at talking, more confident,” said Molly Bergum, a seventh grader.
“And you get to hang out with your friends,” said her classmate, Emma Buckley. The two will be performing the Cinderella versus Snow White skit, “Who’s the Fairest?” Molly, who plays Cinderella, wrote the play with input from Emma, who was cast as Snow White. The princesses discuss hair, shoes, dress styles and more as the interview gradually heats up. Who is the fairest? Viewers will have to tune in to find out.
Eighth grader Nick Walkowiak has performed in the reader’s theater category three years in a row. Reader’s theater is like a play without actions — students use their voices to paint the story. Wednesday, his group will present “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs,” featuring Alfred T. Wolf, who prefers to be called Al.
“I think (the audience) will like it,” Nick said. “They’ll like all the different characters.”
Funds raised from the event will go toward Honor Level System activities for middle school students.
The system rewards students for making good choices and staying out of trouble.
Throughout the year, students in the various honor levels are rewarded with various activities both at and outside of school.
“It’s a way to recognize students doing the right thing all year long,” Hoem said.
And the Wednesday event, she said, is a chance to showcase what students are doing the middle school. It is their time to shine, Moreau said.