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Little Cindy Lou Who to the rescue

Taking a break near the Whoville Tower of Water are, seated from left, Abby Bridges as Martha Mae, Reid Yeo as Mayor MayWho; Titus Raynor as the Grinch and, back row, Maggie Biggar, a Who; Tessa Smith as Cindy Lou Who and Ava Perry as a Who. Ellerslie Elementary School will present A Whoville Whodonit on Dec. 19.
Taking a break near the Whoville Tower of Water are, seated from left, Abby Bridges as Martha Mae, Reid Yeo as Mayor MayWho; Titus Raynor as the Grinch and, back row, Maggie Biggar, a Who; Tessa Smith as Cindy Lou Who and Ava Perry as a Who. Ellerslie Elementary School will present A Whoville Whodonit on Dec. 19. - Eric McCarthy

Ellerslie Elementary’s giving the Grinch a new image

ELLERSLIE

The Grinch has gotten a bad rap, but Little Cindy Lou Who is going to help set the record straight.

The students and staff at Ellerslie Elementary are busily preparing for their annual Christmas production, which, this year puts a new twist on a classic piece of holiday storytelling.

Their production, “A Whoville Whodonit,” was written by school music teacher Garth MacKay.

There are a whole lot of Whos in Whoville, so every student in the school who wants to be involved on stage has a role to play, and all students are helping, through sketches, drawings, paintings and posters, to transform their school into Whoville.in anticipation of their two big shows on Dec. 19.

“It’s like putting a giant puzzle together,” said MacKay of the process. “All the pieces have to fit.”

MacKay said he started toying with the idea after the school hosted a Who Day more than a year ago, and he shared it with school principal Jason Cormier last spring. He subsequently wrote about two-thirds of his sequel to the 1957 Dr. Seuss classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, in one sitting. It’s a year later and presents are, once again, disappearing.

Like the original, A Whoville Whodonit is committed to rhyme, only in this one, Little Cindy Lou discovers it’s not the Grinch who’s trying to steal Christmas this year. This time it’s Mayor Maywho doing the dirty deeds. Worst, still, he’s trying to put the blame on, well, you know who. Case closed, the Whos of Whoville go on to have another happy Christmas.

“I just like how Mr. MacKay works with stuff,” said Maggie Biggar, who is in the play as a Who.

Fellow Who person, Ava Perry, explains why she likes being part of MacKay’s stage productions. “Because he goes full-out,” said the Grade 5 student.

Rehearsals and the school’s Whoville transformation have been ongoing since around mid-November, all in preparation for two big shows, at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., on Dec. 19.

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