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Sixth graders at Crawford Elementary School on Eielson Air Force Base brought some holiday cheer to classmates this month, presenting their homegrown version of the tale, “The Elves and the Shoemaker.” They added their own twist to the story to give it a distinctly Alaskan flavor.

Then they all pitched in to make the story come to life.

The characters on stage included elves and a string of Alaska animals — all looking for shoes from the shoemaker.

Savannah was on lights. Terra played the customer and a mouse. Hailey acted as stage crew and the emergency elf. Ava was the tall elf named “Bells.” Olivia wrote the Alaska script for the play, and also played the elf named “Jingles.” Aiden served as narrator. Selina was the shoemaker. Harley was the shop worker and emergency elf.

Teacher Andi Rice helped students produce the play, which the cast performed for several classes at the school.

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