This past weekend, students from grades 5 through 8 at the Tisbury School put on a captivating performance of the Grimm Brothers’ classic fairytale The Elves and the Shoemaker.
The show featured Lockhart Cobblestone, played by Dougie Norton, as a shoemaker with a kind heart but little money. When he is moved by the misfortune of an old beggar woman, played by Jennyfer Balbino, he gives her his last pair of shoes. Poor Lockhart has only enough leather to make one more pair of shoes, and sets it out to work on the next morning. That’s when the fun ensues. Five quirky but endearing little elves appear; Mortz (Jonathan Norton), Schwartz (Chloe Combra), Hazel (Alicia Teixeira), Gracie (Kathleen Dos Santos), and Studebaker (Lydia Carlos) craft the most fantastic and magical shoes the city of Clankbottom has ever seen. It was an upbeat, whimsical rendition of a classic tale, with a gentle reminder about the importance of kindness.
The students rehearsed diligently twice a week over the past 5 months to ensure a successful show. In an email, Director Denise Lambos said, “They all worked very hard to develop their characters’ personalities. I am very proud of their performances.”