YORBA LINDA — A boot and a slipper cut a rug and snowmen sing a merry tune in "The Elves and the Shoemaker," a holiday-themed children's theater production that will wrap up a two-weekend run at the Travis Ranch Activity Center on Saturday and Sunday.
Directed by Robyn Naylor, this musical adaptation of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale is presented by the Yorba Linda Parks and Recreation Department's children's theater program. The pint-size cast includes schoolchildren ages 6 to 14 from the Yorba Linda area.
The story focuses on a poor, elderly shoemaker and his wife. Down to their last pennies and facing eviction, they share what little they have with a beggar woman, who vows to repay them. In the tradition of fine fairy tales, the woman is actually a good fairy in disguise. Soon she sends in some nimble-fingered elves to help the couple out. The elves stitch up some elegant footwear, which the couple sell to pay off the debts, and everybody naturally lives happily ever after.
"At one point, the couple make the statement that no matter how poor they are, their house is like a palace because the love they share is more precious than gold," Naylor said. "It proves that you don't need money to be happy, and it reinforces the joy of giving of yourself, which is an important message at this time of year."