Children’s theatre group telling great story
An original and locally-written adaptation of the story of William Tell is being performed by Children’s Musical Theatre in August. The Clyde Theatre Group pro- duction portrays the legend of William Tell, a Swiss folk hero and expert marksman with a crossbow, set in the 14th century. In 1993 Gerry Sawyers of Alexandra, a teacher at the Alexandra Primary School, adapted the story into a script for the school’s endof-year production. Gwen Walles, also of Alexandra, wrote the music for it. Children’s Musical Theatre director Pat Lines, of Clyde, said 28 children were in the cast of the Clyde Theatre Group production. ‘‘There is a lot of lovely talent to cast, 15 singers and 13 dancers to highlight the wonderful story he has written,’’ Mrs Lines said. The story develops as William Tell and his son refuse to bow to the emperor’s hat on a pole in the centre of the village. To save them from execution, Tell has the option of splitting an apple with an arrow from his crossbow on top of his son’s head. ◗ The show will be at Clyde Memorial Hall on August 16, 17, 18.
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Let’s go! Clyde Theatre Group cast members from the Children’s Musical Theatre production of William Tell, and director Pat Lines. Photo: LEE JAMIESON