Students’ short stories come to life on stage

WINNING AUTHOR: Crossroads Charter Academy fifth grader Maggie Harrington (left) takes the stage with teachers and staff members who acted out the short story she wrote. A committee of teachers selected her writing as the top story, and the prize was to see her story performed on stage. (Pioneer photos/Lauren Fitch)

BIG RAPIDS – From the imaginations of two Crossroads Charter Academy students, a talking doll and a selfish prince hit the stage Friday in a dramatic version of student-authored short stories.

Stories written by fifth grader Maggie Harrington and sixth grader Gordon Mallett were selected from 17 submissions as the winners of a “Catch the Writing Wave” short story contest the school held for March is Reading Month.

As a surprise reward for winning the contest, the students’ stories were brought to life in front of the whole school as teachers and staff performed the tales. The student authors were called up to a front row seat for the performance.

SHORT STORIES: Sixth grader Gordon Mallett (right) is congratulated by principal Kendall Schroeder, who played the king in Mallett’s story.

“I kind of thought it would be (my story) when I saw the assorted stuffed animals (on the stage), but I wasn’t sure,” Maggie said. “I was so surprised and excited.”

Maggie’s winning story, “Nancy Doll and the Bad Wish,” starts with a girl and her doll. The doll, Nancy, wishes she could be turned into a human. But when a fairy makes her wish come true, Nancy realizes how sad the girl is to have lost her favorite doll. Nancy asks the fairy to undo her wish and returns to the girl as her toy.

The story is based on Maggie’s own doll.

Gordon’s story, “SNOO!”, took honorable mention. Snoo is a prince who takes the villagers’ money. His father is too busy admiring his crown and his mother is too busy playing on her iPhone to put a stop to Snoo’s behavior, so the villagers turn to a wise squirrel for advice. The squirrel tells them all the prince needs is a spanking and some candy, and it turns out the plan works. Snoo reforms his ways, the villagers get their money back, and the king and queen are happy to carry on as usual.

“It was really cool,” Gordon said of seeing his story on stage. His favorite character was the king, played by principal Kendall Schroeder. Gordon said he had no idea where the idea for his creative and comedic story came from.

Paraprofessional Adriana Mallett, Gordon’s mother, organized the stage productions of the short stories. A committee of K-6 teachers selected the winners.

“I thought it would really encourage all of our students to write and get creative with their ideas,” Mallett said.

WRITING EXERCISE: Teachers and staff perform “SNOO!” written by student Gordon Mallett. Seventeen students submitted short stories to the school’s writing competition.

 

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