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Timeless message in upcoming musical

December 4, 2012

Photo by Amy Wenger Wakarusa Elementary fifth graders Makenna Perry, Alexis Weldy, Chase Horner, and Morgan Berry work through a scene in the upcoming Christmas musical, “Nanny Claus,” to be held Thursday, Dec. 6 at NorthWood High School, beginning at 7 p.m. Photo by Amy Wenger

WAKARUSA — Imagine a Christmas story that intertwines the inspiration from a classic, beloved musical with the timeless message about the true meaning of the holidays. 
That is what audiences will be witness to as the magic unfolds during “Nanny Claus,” a production by the fourth and fifth grade students of Wakarusa Elementary School. The musical presentation will take place Thursday, Dec. 6 at NorthWood High School, with the curtain rising at 7 p.m. 
It is recommended that audience members arrive early to ensure optimum seating. Family and friends of fourth grade performers should plan to sit on the right side of the auditorium to see their children, while those who are planning to watch their fifth grade students will have better viewing along the left side.
The production will be under the direction of vocal music teacher Shawn Skaggs, while Jenni Horner is coordinating many aspects of set design, assisted by a large troupe of parents and volunteers.
The tale begins with an introduction to another hectic season at the North Pole, where Father and Mother Elf (Quinten Hunsberger and Elle Jansen) are leading Santa’s Workshop and the Sweet Shoppe through another Christmas rush. Meanwhile, their three children, Ellie, Eddie, and Emily (Alexis Weldy, Chase Horner, and Makenna Perry) have been exercising their best attention grabbing tactics to gain the attention of their parents, to no avail. 
The youngsters’ antics have subsequently led to the departure of many nannies. That is, until Nanny Claus (Morgan Berry) comes along, British accent and all, not unlike the infamous jovial caretaker from “Mary Poppins.”
“Her agenda is to turn things around so Father and Mother Elf concentrate on the children and their work load is minimized, which takes place through some magic only with showing the children that simple things in life can bring joy,” said Skaggs.
For more information, contact Skaggs at Wakarusa Elementary, either by phone at 574-862-2000 or via email at sskaggs@wanee.org.
Cast members for this holiday extravaganza include:
Nanny Claus — Morgan Berry
Mother Elf — Elle Jansen
Father Elf — Quinten Hunsberger
Ellie — Alexis Weldy
Eddie — Chase Horner
Emily — Makenna Perry
Santa — Ethan Ramer
Mrs. Claus — Emily Bennett
Snowman — Trent Edwards
Nanny Kringle — Emily Coleman
Candy Making Elves, Toy Making Elves, Dancers, Soloists, and Elf Chorus — Members of the fourth and fifth grade choirs.

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