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EMS presents different take on Mother Goose

CONYERS - Edwards Middle School's drama club students have an important task: get Mother Goose to go on stage.

In the play, "Mother Goose is Eaten by Werewolves" by Steph Deferie, a prince, a witch, a wolf and a fairy godmother go to the theater to see a play of the same name when they find out Mother Goose won't go on stage.

"The play has very little to do with Mother Goose actually being eaten by werewolves," said Kevin Smith, drama coach and play director at EMS. "In an effort to salvage the evening, these four individuals convince the stage actors to participate as the prince, witch, godmother and wolf narrate four different - very different - versions of 'Sleeping Beauty.'"

They will present the play at 2:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Edwards Middle School auditorium.

About 25 students and several teachers act as three kings, three princes, three fairies, three servants and others.

"This is our first show this year and my first full-length play here at EMS," Smith said. "We have spent time working individual scenes and doing focus exercises as well as blocking the movements of the characters in the play."

The event is open to the public and costs $3 for all Rockdale County Public Schools students, $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens.

"People will enjoy this play because they will laugh and hopefully laugh a lot," Smith said. "The play is dedicated to the memory of Meredith Jones, the music teacher of Honey Creek Elementary School who passed away last week due to cancer. Many of the students in our production had the joy of being taught by her in recent years."

The club plans to present another play in May.

Michelle Floyd can be reached at michelle.floyd@newtoncitizen.com.

SideBar: If You Go

What: "Mother Goose is Eaten by Werewolves"

by Steph Deferie

When: 2:30 and 7 p.m., Saturday

Where: Edwards Middle School Auditorium

Cost: $3 for RCPS students, $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens