Aloha Performing Arts Company will offer "The Elves and the Shoemaker," a winter break theatre production workshop for 8-12 year olds, which will be led by Eric Lammerman, Dec 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, with a free public performance on Wednesday Dec 30. Each student who participates is guaranteed a speaking role in the show, and will also assist with technical preparations such as props, costumes, and set pieces. Lammerman will be assisted by members of Aloha Teen Theatre. Originally from Oregon, Eric earned a B.A. in Theatre Arts from the U of O in 1995. Eric also studied acting at the Howard Fine Studio in Los Angeles. In 1999, while still living in Southern California, he began teaching at the elementary level.
"The Elves and the Shoemaker," is by Karen Boettcher-Tate, and centers around Lockhart Cobblestone, the shoemaker, who has a kind heart but little money in his pocket. Moved by the plight of an old beggar woman, he gives her his last pair of shoes. Poor Lockhart has leather enough to make only one more pair of shoes and sets it out to work on the next morning. Then, the fun begins! Out pop five weird, endearing little elves: Mortz, Schwartz, Hazel, Gracie and Studebaker, who whip up the most fantastic and magical shoes the town has ever seen. An upbeat, whimsical romp of a fantasy that also holds a gentle message about the nature of kindness.
The workshop will meet each day, 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 at the Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu, except for performance day, when the hours are
12 noon to 6:00 p.m., with the show at 5:00 p.m. Tuition, which includes all materials required, is $175 per student, and limited scholarships are available. A $50 deposit is required to hold a spot. Students will need to bring a lunch, and a mid-afternoon snack will be provided. The workshop offers over thirty hours of instruction in the various aspects of play production, led by a professional. Enrollment is limited to 20
participants, so registration by 5:00 p.m. December 17 is recommended, to avoid a late sigunp fee of $10.00. Online registration is available on APAC's website, www.apachawaii.org. For more information, call 322-9924.