Preschoolers delight in performing The King's Pudding
Stillwater preschoolers perform 'The King's Pudding'
Photos by Laurie Gordon
By Laurie Gordon STILLWATER — The little feet making pitter-patter could be seen under the curtain on the stage at the Stillwater Township Elementary School on Friday as an eager group of preschoolers got ready to perform. The cafeteria/multi purpose room was filled with parents and grandparents ready to watch and film the show, a play adapted from the story "The King's Pudding." Children including Dean Ankrom had been preparing for weeks. “This morning he even asked us to put gel in his hair,” said Ankrom's grandma, Linda Ankrom. “He was very excited.” “We had two performances of the play, 'The King's Pudding,'" said preschool teacher Sue Pierson, who served as the pay's narrator. "Every year the preschool classes pick a favorite story and turn it into a play. We adapted the story by adding more characters and dialog and also by adding music — making it a musical. We read the story and started learning the songs and dances in the classroom in March. Parts were also given out in March. Play rehearsals first took place in the classroom and then moved to the stage in April.” The original story was written by Joy Cowley and illustrated by Martin Bailey. This adaptation and the addition of music was very clever, incorporating songs to make the audience smile. For example, when the king's pudding was too hot, the kids danced to the song, “Hot, Hot, Hot.” “The children love dressing up in their costumes along with the play rehearsals,” Pierson said. “My favorite part of doing the show is how excited the children are about the performance. The first thing the children ask every day is 'Are we having play practice?' Their smiles and laughs show me they are having fun! There were really no challenges, but instead a fun learning experience." Preschooler Mackenzie Reed said, "I love dressing up as a princess.” Preschooler Macklin Monaco said, "I like holding the lollipop and doing the lollipop dance." Pierson said, “The children all said they love their costumes and feel like movie stars. Broadway here we come!' Two performances were held: one in the morning for the am preschoolers and one in the afternoon for the pm preschool class.