`Just So Stories’ on stage at the Wheeler | AspenTimes.com

`Just So Stories’ on stage at the Wheeler

Aspen Times Staff Report

The Aspen Community School continues its annual theatrical tradition by presenting its 26th annual production, “Just So Stories,” beginning today.

“Just So Stories” will have a two-night stand, today and Saturday, at the Wheeler Opera House. Showtime is at 7 p.m. each night.

“Just So Stories” is an original musical adaptation of eight tales from the book by Rudyard Kipling. The presentation tells Kipling’s fantastical stories of wild animals in “the high and far-off times when the world was young and the songs unsung and we hadn’t yet learned the rhymes.” The plays reveals how the leopard got its spots, how the camel got its hump, the elephant its trunk and more.

All roles in “Just So Stories” are performed by the 112 students of the Community School, who have devoted three weeks of class time to the production. Teachers have applied math, science, language arts, computer science, music and more to the creation of the play.

“Just So Stories” features a script written by Rett Harper. Musical direction is by Randi Kelley, lyrics by Polly Whitcomb, Steve Skinner and Rudyard Kipling. Original music has been created by local musicians Kelley, Skinner, Ray Hannisian, A.O. Forbes, Tom Paxton, Serena Wood, Trevor Wheetman, Dan Sadowsky and Lisa Dancing-Light.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $7.50 for children 12 and under, and can be purchased at the Wheeler box office.

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