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Afternoon of the Elves

Adapted by Y York and based on the
Newbury Award Honor book by Janet Taylor Lisle
Directed by Mark Isler

"Sara Kate? Are you an Elf?" –Hillary, Act II

Is it a child's imagination that creates the elf village in the Connolly backyard or have elves been hard at work magically transforming junk into a fantasyland? Newly popular fourth-grader Hillary Lenox begrudgingly befriends neighbor Sara Kate Connolly, an unkempt girl with an equally unkempt house and yard. Mysteries unfold and perceptions change as Hillary discovers a whole new world of courage, love and magic in Sara Kate's yard next door. Friendship blossoms and truths are revealed that will forever change the lives of these two young girls.

Afternoon of the Elves touches on topics of peer pressure, perception, poverty, parent illness and the power of imagination. 

Afternoon of the Elves will be performed in the Sponberg Theatre on November 7 & 8 at 7pm, and November 9 at 2pm, with School Matinees on November 11 & 12 at 10am. Recommended for ages 8+.