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Warren Arts presents Aesop's Fables
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Lacy Garrison photo Nathan Carpenter, 12, portrays the vain Jackdaw in a student-led interpretation of Aesops Fables at Warren Arts. Jupiter, portrayed by Kaden Hobbs, 13, is just about to crown Jackdaw king before the other birds protest. See story on page 3A.

The Teen Thespian Society has brought to life a collection of tales from the Greek storyteller Aesop. Through colorful costumes, set pieces and a wonderful cast of characters, this stage adaptation perfectly conveys beloved tales of wisdom shared by many throughout the years.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to watch one of three performances at the Warren Arts building at 605 Red Road. On Saturday, there will be an afternoon and evening performance and then another afternoon performance scheduled Sunday.

“There hasn’t been any exclusively kids shows so we thought ‘let’s make one,’” said 15-year-old director Jana Denning. “We adapted and wrote the script, cast the show and have been responsible for the rehearsals.”

Several childhood favorites are depicted on stage including “The Tortoise and the Hare,” “The Grasshopper and the Ants” and “The Lion and the Mouse,” all narrated by Aesop portrayed by 13-year-old Kaden Hobbs.

“For me, a lot of memorization has gone into this performance,” said Hobbs. “My favorite scene is the ant and the grasshopper because he just doesn’t care and you see Nathan go up there and look down on him and not giving him any food while he’s crawling on the ground.”

The play, which has been tailored for children, keeps the fables short to keep attention while setting the scene in the mountains with trees, flowers and other props. Additionally, each fable ends with a moral such as pride goes before the fall, no act of mercy no matter how small is ever wasted, and necessity is the mother of invention.

Showtimes
Saturday, July 14, 2 to 3:15 p.m.
Saturday, July 14, 6 to 7:15 p.m.
 Sunday, July 15, 2 to 3:15 p.m.

“It should be an entertaining, especially for children as it has a cast of many ‘animals’ and it’s a great way to support the youth of our community,” said Chad McGee, who watched a run through of the play on Tuesday. 

Tickets can be purchased online at warrenartstn.ticketleap.com, or at the door if available.