February 1, 2015

Showtime! The Elves and the Shoemaker

 We thoroughly enjoyed an excellent performance of the Elves and the Shoemaker!
  In this fanciful & charming re-framing of the traditional story of the shoemaking elves, the central characer is Gunther, an old shoemaker.
War rages across Europe &, somewhere in the midst of that conflict, Gunther has lost his only son. Gunther has also lost his will to work & instead waits for the daily casualty lists, sharing with his friend, the tailor, a growing dread.

 The same war claims the mother of a precocious boy named Peter. Elves grant the wish of the dying mother that Peter will live & be protected & cared for.

 A soldier brings Peter to Gunther, who reluctantly takes him as an apprentice.

 The elves watch over Peter & magically make shoes to the delight of the boy & consternation of Gunther.

 The magical events turn the entire town topsy-turvy & gradually soften the heart of Gunther, who
finds in the boy the son he lost.

Afterwards the cast celebrated at Culver's by rearranging the entire dining room.

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