Students at Lura M. Sharp Elementary School recently received a lesson in determination and kindness during a recent performance by the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse.
Students gathered in the school’s auditorium and were treated to a performance called “The Paper Bag Princess,” which depicts a kind-hearted princess searching for her one true love.
Students were offered moral lessons throughout the performance, such as being true to yourself, having courage and being helpful to those in need.
The performance begins with Princess Elizabeth meeting Prince Ronald, a spoiled ruler who believes appearance is the most important attribute a princess should have.
Princess Elizabeth takes Prince Ronald on a walk throughout her kingdom, where they stop and talk to village residents, who Prince Ronald believes is beneath them.
Along their travels, the two stumble across a giant, yet kindhearted, spider named Silvia, who trapped herself in her own web.
Princess Elizabeth offers to help, much to the displeasure of Prince Ronald, who deemed the spider unworthy of saving. Angered, Prince Ronald storms back to the castle and Princess Elizabeth chases after, leaving Silvia stuck in her web.
Once back at the castle, Princess Elizabeth realizes that her kingdom has been attacked by a dragon, which eventually captures Prince Ronald. As the dragon leaves the castle, he shoots fire at the princess, burning off her clothes.
Knowing she must try to save the prince, Elizabeth finds a paper bag to wear as her clothes and chases after the dragon.
After traveling a long way, the Princess finally finds the dragon, who is keeping the prince locked away. After outwitting the dragon, Princess Elizabeth frees Prince Ronald, and believes she has found her happily ever after.
However, upon being freed by the princess, Ronald is taken aback by the princess’ wardrobe and notes that he doesn’t want to be saved by someone wearing a paper bag.
“You are a mess and smell like ashes,” said the prince. “And is that a dirty old paper bag you’re wearing?”
After her long journey to save the prince, which included battling a fire-breathing dragon, the princess finally realizes that he wasn’t the man for her, much to the pleasure of the audience.
“You may look like a prince, but you’re not,” exclaimed the princess. “Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a spider to save.”