CH students to perform 'The Enchanted Bookshop' Thursday night

By ED HOWELL
Posted 4/11/18

CARBON HILL - Carbon Hill Elementary/Jr. High School will present the Carbon Hill Jr. High Drama Club's  annual play on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the school's auditorium. Becky Wells, a …

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CH students to perform 'The Enchanted Bookshop' Thursday night

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CARBON HILL - Carbon Hill Elementary/Jr. High School will present the Carbon Hill Jr. High Drama Club's  annual play on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the school's auditorium. 

Becky Wells, a sixth-grade teacher who is the drama sponsor for the elementary and junior high students, as well eighth-grade teacher Alecia Carmichael, are supervising a cast of 20 for the production. 

Students from Grades 4-8 have been practicing their lines since January for "The Enchanted Bookshop," a play by Todd Wallinger. 

According to a synopsis of the play emailed by Wells, "During the day, A Likely Story may look like any other used bookstore. But at night, it’s a place where magic happens. That’s when the characters inside the books come alive. Six of those characters — Dorothy Gale, Robin Hood, Pollyanna, Sherlock Holmes, Heidi, and Tom Sawyer — long to help Margie, the scatterbrained owner, save her struggling store. But they’re not allowed to leave the building or be seen by human eyes. 

"So when a pair of smugglers comes looking for a stolen necklace hidden inside one of the books, the characters are torn. Should they warn Margie and risk disappearing forever? Or can they find a way to defeat the crooks without being seen? Featuring additional appearances by such beloved literary characters as the Queen of Hearts, Long John Silver, and Doctor Dolittle, this charming comedy celebrates the joy of reading in a fresh, fun-filled way."

Wells said the Drama Club has been performing annually since it was formed in 2002 by Wells and Derek Aaron. 

"Traditionally, it has been limited to 5th-8th students, but this year we have some 4th graders performing as well," Wells said. "This year also marks the first year that the drama program has been offered as part of the 21st Century Community Learning Center CHAMPS Afterschool Program.

"This year's drama club participants have worked exceptionally hard to present a quality performance that can be enjoyed by all. I have enjoyed working with each and everyone of them. We have shared many laughs and giggles while preparing for this show, and I am excited for them to get to share their talent with the community."

Admission to the play is $3 for adults and $1 for students and children. Donations will also be accepted.  Anyone wanting more information may call Wells at the school at 924-4101.