Students put big bad wolf on trial

Jada Hill, 11, plays the Big Bad Wolf. Rich Cooley/Daily

STRASBURG – Sandy Hook Elementary School students will be in the courtroom for their play, “The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf.”

Vicky Ryles, a fifth grade teacher who helped bring the play to reality, said there will be 22 fifth graders who will perform in the school’s gym at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

“They’ve grown a lot,” she said. “They’ve learned about commitment, they’ve learned about responsibility. Drama is not just fun, it’s learning to work as a group.”

Ryles added that these 10- and 11-year-old students have developed confidence and have learned about creativity and supporting one another and the rewards of doing your very best at everything.

Among the characters portrayed are traditional fairytale characters such as the three little pigs, the big bad wolf, Humpty Dumpty, and Cinderella.

Gabby Fox, right, playing the court clerk, talks with Jada Hill, who is the Big Bad Wolf in their school play. Rich Cooley/Daily

In this play, the big bad wolf is put on trial and all sides of what occurred on that day are presented to a jury. The characters are trying to decide if the wolf is guilty.

Ryles said the students have been rehearsing twice a week for about two hours each rehearsal since February. To have a spot in the play, the students auditioned for the various roles. No one was denied a spot in the production.

“It’s a new thing,” she said about the fifth grade plays at the school.

“I think drama is very valuable,” she said. “It’s just a great benefit to kids and they been having a lot of fun.”

Music from the original recording will be played before and after the performance. The song is “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf” from 1933.

Airi Layman, 10, shows her fear of the Big Bad Wolf. Rich Cooley/Daily

Last year’s performance of “Once Upon a Dream” brought in a crowd of 900 and Ryles said she anticipates a similar attendance at this year’s performance.

“I want to have the parents come and see because the kids have worked very hard and they deserve an audience for all their efforts,” she said.

Students created flyers to put up around the school to promote the performance.


When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday
Where: Sandy Hook Elementary School gym
Admission: $3.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com

Rachel Shafer, 11, left, plays Mrs. Sprat and Raea Crabill, Airi Layman, and Elizabeth Galloway, all 10, play the three little pigs in Sandy Hook Elementary's production of "The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf." Rich Cooley/Daily