A newly created Drama Club at Conelway Elementary School will give a public performance Friday of its first musical “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”

Doors open at 5:40 p.m., and the play will start at 6 p.m.

Students in grades three through six will tell the story of Snow White, a princess living with her stepmother, a vain and wicked witch known as the queen.

Lost and frightened by the queen, Snow White is befriended by woodland creatures who lead her to a cottage that is home to seven dwarfs.

Thirty young actors, and 40 chorus and crew members are under the direction of co-advisers Christine Zimmerman and Debbie Webber.

“One of the basic reasons we started this Drama Club was to help our students become better readers,” said Zimmerman, a literacy teacher at Conelway. “We want them to become better at expression, fluency and clarity in their reading.”

The students — who are also under the direction of chorus instructor Mary Owens — have been working for months on their lines, songs and stage positions.

“Our goal is to help the kids become more fluent readers,” Zimmerman said. “And through plays like this we can help them work on that.”

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