Students and faculty of Fowler Elementary School were treated to a memorable retelling of classic fairytales last Monday as members of the Fowler High School Drama Program presented two separate stories, "Happily Ever After's Top Chef" and "The Tortoise and the Hare."

Students and faculty of Fowler Elementary School were treated to a memorable retelling of classic fairytales last Monday as members of the Fowler High School Drama Program presented two separate stories, "Happily Ever After's Top Chef" and "The Tortoise and the Hare."

After a brief welcome announcement by director Tim Baublits, the first of the two acts began. Hosted by the fairy godmother herself, "Happily Ever After's Top Chef" immediately stole the attention of the young audience. In this magical cooking show, guests from all over the magical realm were brought in front of the "live studio audience" to demonstrate how to create signature dishes. Rumpelstiltskin, for example, could spin straw into desserts...or so he claims, as he is not allowed to share his secret. Princess Penelope was also unable to procure a dish since she was seemingly allergic to everything; her excuse for this being that "Royalty have a very sensitive palate." In one instance involving a certain queen's desire to poison an apple, the fairy godmother immediately removed the villain from the stage, hollering "don't you dare even think about cursing my studio audience!" The room filled with laughter from the students as fairytale character after fairytale character were unable to demonstrate their signature dishes due to hilarious circumstances. Leaving the fairy godmother without a single plate of food for the "viewers at home," she was forced to end the segment.

After a five-minute intermission, the students were immersed in a classic telling of "The Tortoise and the Hare." Following the traditional telling of the story of a proudly over-confident rabbit and a humble tortoise, the FHS Drama students naturally carried their characters and delivered a fun and charismatic tale. Audience members were even encouraged to join the characters in a conga line during one of the hare's raucous victory parties. With high energy and lots of laughs, the students cheered and hollered as the tortoise slowly made his way to the finish line ahead of the hare. Having learned his lesson to not overestimate oneself and underestimate others, the hare led the entire cast of both productions in curtain call.

Students and faculty shook the hands of the cast members, commended them, and returned to their classrooms.