With great satisfaction, Ellie finished up her 8th performance of The Bridge of Terabithia. It was a very fun and rewarding role. I know I am her momma, but she rocked!!! She never missed a line (had about 130), had about 5 costume changes, and in order to be Maybelle, she had to conjure up tons of ENERGY! The whole cast was fantastic and just to share a little of the story with you, I have posted pictures below.... This is the director Catherine Christy who did an amazing job of directing this cast of 25 kids who were all between age five and seventeen!
At recess, the boys get ready for their race, and Leslie asks if she can join!
Gary Fulcher tells her in no uncertain terms that "No you cannot!" but Jessie comes to Leslie's rescue and asks Gary if he is afraid to race a girl. Gary relents and the race is on!
On the way home from school, Leslie and Jessie talk about the race and begin a tentative friendship. Leslie decides they need a place "just for them" and the idea of a magic kingdom called Terabithia begins to form.
They swing across a dry creek on a rope and enter a magic world where Leslie sees nymphs and fauns and goblins and dragons. She declares herself the queen and Jessie the king, but Jessie can't quite see the magic world yet.
His family, however, still does not understand him. They ridicule him and for Christmas get him a race car track that shows that they have no understanding of his true interests.
Jessie, meanwhile, wants to get a present for Leslie, but knows it's gotta be "just about free." When he sees the "Free Dog" sign, he knows just what he will get her.It was a scene that always brought oohs, aahs and lotsa laughs.
Leslie gave Jessie a paint set, exactly what he wanted! The Terabithians were pleased at the gift giving, and they declared it a "time of greatest joy!"
After intermission, we learn that Janice Avery herself has a heart. Leslie catches her crying in the girls' bathroom and there is a lot of discussion about reaching out to others in need.
Suddenly, a little voice yells out. It is Maybelle. She has followed Jessie to Terabithia and is about to fall into the creek. He pulls her across and gives her a queen. He then boldly begins to introduce her to Terabithia, just as Leslie did to him at one time. Jessie tells Maybelle that she is the queen the Terabithians have been waiting for and crowns her with a wreath of leaves and berries. He tells her he will build her a bridge to Terabithia that she can use anytime.