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New Canaan Students Act Out a Live Bedtime Story

The youngsters moved along quickly on the stage in front of St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church , waving colorful fabrics and trying to stay on beat.

Though the lengthy fabrics looked heavy, Elle Machale, 7, said it was easy to lift — and fun. “I think all of us like what we’re doing,” said Elle, a student at St. Aloysius School in New Canaan. She smiled as she talked about putting down the colored fabric that simulates water, earth and the sky to dance and wave her hands. “It’s really fun.”

The students will join with members of the St. Aloysius Cherub, Youth and Traditional Choirs to perform “Tales of Wonder,” a musical written by Marty Haugen based on stories from the Old and New Testaments. St. Aloysius Music Director Thomas Marino has worked with the students for several weeks in preparation for the show, a first for the church.

Marino and Youth Choir Director Heidi Haskins said the show is “a musical bedtime story.” Families attending the performance are asked to bring their kids in their pajamas. “It’s telling stories through dance and song,” Haskins said. “He (Marino) is trying to bring more to the church, so there’s more to do.”

Marino said he likes the show because it’s a multigenerational and multiethnic. “It’s the best bedtime story you’ll ever hear,” he said.

Showtime is 7 p.m. Sunday. Milk and cookies will be served after the performance.

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