Brookwood Elementary School second-grader Conner Dowling (center) plays the Cheese during the play The Cheese Stands Alone .
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Brookwood Elementary School music teacher Johnny Carr said he hopes to deliver a message of friendship and tolerance using a talking piece of cheese.
Carr will direct The Cheese Stands Alone, a second-grade play by the Grovetown school.
"It's kind of a silly story, but, on the other hand, it has a great message about not succumbing to peer pressure and about standing up for what you believe," Carr said.
The 25-minute play, which will take place at 2:15 and 7 p.m. Tuesday at the school, located at 455 S. Old Belair Road, is about a rat befriending a piece of cheese and others ridiculing the friendship.
"It's about getting along with each other, even though you're different," Carr said.
"At the end of the play, we find out that the rat is lactose intolerant and he's just a cheese-eater in name only. He had to stand up for what he believes in and be himself. They get along with each other, even though people think rats can't like the cheese."
Although only eight characters have speaking parts, all 90 of Brookwood Elementary School's second-graders will play a role in the production, Carr said. Many will perform as farm children, and others will play members of Cheese's family, including Gouda, Swiss, Fondue and Sharp Cheddar.
The play is open to the public, and admission is free. For more information, call 855-7597.
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