Wednesday, February 16, 2011

‘Slow and steady wins the race’

St. Thomas Playhouse to present theater tour

Express Staff Writer

Photo by Heather Black From left, Kristy Kuntz is the narrator, Sara Gorby is Terry the Tortoise, Dawson Howard is Harry the Hare and Andrew Alburger is the Music Boy and author.

St. Thomas Playhouse will present the Children's Theater Tour program, an original adaptation of the fable "The Tortoise and the Hare" with a public performance on Saturday, Feb. 19, at Iconoclast Books in Ketchum at 2 p.m.

The musical theater show is for all ages, but especially appeals to the very young. Andrew Alburger, a well-known Wood River Valley actor and singer, has penned the humorous and playful script as well as written several songs to add to the story.

Alburger will act and sing in the show along with St. Thomas Playhouse professional actors, Sara Gorby as Terry the Tortoise, Dawson Howard as Harry the Hare and Kristy Kuntz as the Narrator.

The play relays the important moral of the fable, which is "slow and steady wins the race." After being teased by Harry the Hare for being pokey, Terry the Tortoise challenges him to a race. Harry the Hare is so sure he will win that he gets distracted and fritters away his time. Terry the Tortoise ends up winning the race by staying on task and never giving up. In the end, Terry the Tortoise and Harry the Hare become good friends.

The Children's Theater Tour will present the play to most preschools and elementary schools in the Wood River Valley. New this year is a trip to Fairfield to perform for the young school children. The remaining three public performances will be on Saturday, Feb. 26, at 10:30 a.m. at The Community Library in Ketchum; Saturday, March 5, at noon at the Children's Art Festival at the Community Campus in Hailey; and Wednesday, March 9, at 10:30 a.m. at the Hailey Public Library.

The play is free and all families are welcome. For details, call Cherie Kessler at 726-5349.

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