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Carnegie Hall’s Spotlight on Schools serves over 2,100 students

Students attend A Frog Prince at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg

Over 2,100 Greenbrier County elementary school students attended A Frog Prince performed by Virginia Repertory Theatre at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg as part of Spotlight on Schools. From Oct. 22 through 25, Carnegie Hall presented eight performances to nine schools.

A Frog Prince featured four actors and five frog puppets. The actors were Emily Cyr (The Princess), Jessie Croke (Iron Henry), Brandon Duncan (The Frog Prince), and Xavier Durden (The King). The book and lyrics were by Douglas Jones, the music was by Ron Barnett, and the amphibian ensemble was created by puppet master Terry Snyder. The Frog Prince is a colorful and humorous adaptation of the classic fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, in which Princess Irena learns some important lessons about the true meaning of friendship and the importance of keeping promises.

Students from Alderson, Crichton, Frankford, Lewisburg, Rainelle, Ronceverte, Rupert, Smoot, and White Sulphur Springs elementary schools attended this year’s performances.

The Spotlight on Schools series features a different performance medium each year, giving the students in Greenbrier County unique opportunities to realize the power of live performance. By bringing inspiring performers, artists, and musicians to the area, Carnegie Hall strives to present experiences that broaden our students’ understanding of the world outside southeastern West Virginia. Money from the Greenbrier County School levy helps fund programs like Spotlight on Schools. For more information on this program, contact Leah Trent, education director, at 304-645-7917.