ESCANABA - Holy Name Catholic School students held their second performance of the musical comedy, "Once Upon A Shoe," to a full crowd at the school on Friday evening, April 11.
The play, performed by Holy Name students in grades 5-8, centered around Mother Goose and her children finding out they must leave their home, a large comfortable shoe, and move to an old shoe "across the tracks."
The children decided to "put on a show" to save their shoe and enacted eight of Mother Goose's best poems.
After singing their final song from their final performance of “Once Upon A Shoe,” members of the cast and crew lined up for a photo. The youngsters include: cast — Paige Wendt, Lisette LaFave, Ava Burrows, Ellen Wils, Lauren Dykema, Allie Cooper, MaKenna Pepin, Angie Wilson, Kelly Mae Casey, Rachel Bessonen, Renee Perrault, Courtney Grandahl, Grace Ouwinga, Madelyn Trepanier, Brianna O’Driscoll, Garrett McMillan, and Janel LaPalm; crew — Brooke Brown, Ariella Murray, Riley Ross, Larry LaPalm, and Blaine Chernick.
Director Mark Ammel said his goal in directing the middle school play was to give the kids experience in acting on stage.
"I wanted to cast as many kids that wanted to be in the play as possible and give them a chance to get onstage and make an audience happy," Ammel said. "We spent a lot of time learning about acting. I wanted to give them a base to get them ready for acting on stage in high school, and possibly, college."
Accompanist for the production was John Ignatowski, and advisor was Jodi Mutch.
Now that the play is finished, Ammel said of his student actors, "I am very proud of what they accomplished."