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Local youngsters staging "The Boy Who Drew Cats'

MEREDITH — Ten local young actors will perform an original adaptation of a Japanese folk tale when the Winnipesaukee Playhouse Education Department presents "The Boy Who Drew Cats" this weekend.

Adapted by the Playhouse's Education Director Timothy L'Ecuyer, "The Boy Who Drew Cats" is the story of the youngest son of a farmer, too small and weak to be of use on the farm, who scribbles in a notebook as he quietly endures the rolled eyes and muttered disapproval of his siblings and schoolmates. Noticing his attention to his notebook and hoping the boy might prove himself an intellectual, his parents send him to boarding school. The boy, however, often misses his lessons, as he is more and more distracted by the notebook — and his drawings of cats contained in it. "The Boy Who Drew Cats" encourages us to see the value in those who cannot and do not follow traditional paths.

The show is sponsored by New Hampton School and will be performed on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased over the phone at (603) 279-0333 or online at www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org.