Through hard work and discipline, Clairbourn students gained the true essence of what it means to be a scholar and leader with heart.

Jeanette Zamora
This year our C.A.S.T. (Clairbourn After School Theatre) had an opportunity to work with the art director from Centre Stage, Keely Milliken. Mrs. Milliken brought to us her 20 years of passion for the theatre and dedication to teaching performing arts. Our C.A.S.T. actors and Centre Stage were proud to present our 2022 theatre production, The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon!
The Brothers Grimm began publishing fairy tales in 1812. Almost every child knows their stories, which include Cinderella, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty. You may recognize those stories as big Disney blockbusters with a fairy tale ending, but they are actually part of Germany’s folk heritage recorded by two brothers, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.

The play consisted of six scenes of several well-known tales including Rapunzel, Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, and more.
Each scene not only was performed as an individual story, but it was also portrayed as several stories woven together. When asked about choosing this approach, Mrs. Milliken replied, “We want as many students to participate as possible. We know some younger middle school students have never done a play before, so it’s important for each of them to get an opportunity to try something new.”

Classic stories were brilliantly depicted with a modern twist and sprinkled with lots of humor!
You may or may not know the Disney endings of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales are not how they were originally written. The original stories often had a “grim” ending. In our production, performers and narrators kept the original endings to create a contrast with the comedy. This kept the audience laughing from the beginning to the end!

When the students started rehearsing in January, they had to learn acting etiquette, memorize countless lines, and follow theatre directions.
It was eye-opening for the students to see what a play entails and how much preparation is required. In ten weeks, our students made their characters come alive as individuals and as a team.

Our C.A.S.T. actors came away from this experience knowing their hard work and determination paid off. Exposing our students to performing arts allows them to discover their whole self. They gained the true essence of what it means to be a scholar and leader with heart. We hope you enjoyed the play as much as we did. Well done, Cougars!

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