Sippican School students get lost in a folktale

May 3, 2018

Sippican School students acted out folktales this year in the school's production, "Folktales for Fun."

The play, which ran on May 2, was directed by Sippican School teachers Chelsey Lawrence and MJ Menezes. A large cast of students acted out various folktales from around the world. Some of the tales bore a striking similarity to classic tales from childhood.

During one story, a young Aztec woman is ordered to clean instead of meeting the emperor is gifted with golden slippers. "Hold on!" one of the students says. "I know this story. It's Cinderella! They're ripping off Disney!"

"Is it?" the storyteller asked. "This story is over 4,000 years old."

With that, the play launched into a Turkish version of "The Three Little Pigs," featuring the same slinky fox, and three rabbits who refused to build their homes under the ground.

The play featured folktales from Germany, Egypt, Turkey and Liberia amongst others.