St. Paul’s Lutheran School in St. James produced two plays for a March 22 performance in Marian Hall. The first play was presented by St. Paul’s pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade classes. The second was a musical based on the book “Alice in Wonderland” and was presented by the second through eighth grade classes.
The pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade classes performed “A Soup Opera,” in which a customer (Leah Kuehl) repeatedly insists she cannot eat her soup. From a waiter (Meaghan Martin) to the President of the United States (Ava Freitag), individuals asked what was wrong until they finally learned she didn’t have a spoon.
The pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade “Soup Opera” was the warm-up act for what would be a fun evening. In the second through eighth grade play, Alice, played by Julia Flitter, follows the white rabbit (TaShawn Parker) down the rabbit hole into wonderland. There she meets all sorts of creatures and interesting characters.
The students sang songs and interacted with each other as Alice made her way to a trial for the knave of hearts, played by Andre Freitag, who is accused of stealing tarts from the queen of hearts, Ashley Reed.
The play was directed by Pastor Matthew Natsis who said “the plays and musicals in which I took part in grade school heavily influenced my hobbies and enjoyments in high school and college, which in turn gave me the skills that I value in my ministry today.”
Costumes and props were provided by the parents of the students putting on the play and the students created the set with donations from Nelson Furniture and MVL.