2017-05-17 / Community View

Otter Lake Elementary students perform ‘Little House on the Prairie’ skit


The Ingalls family was a bit younger than fans might remember, as Kristen Carriero’s second-graders, including Ayden Harvey portraying family patriarch Pa Ingalls, acted out a stage adaptation of the “Little House on the Prairie” Books. With Pa Ingalls are his “daughters” Laura Ingalls, played by Kendall Webb, and Carrie Ingalls, played by Sofia Reyes-Davila. The Ingalls family was a bit younger than fans might remember, as Kristen Carriero’s second-graders, including Ayden Harvey portraying family patriarch Pa Ingalls, acted out a stage adaptation of the “Little House on the Prairie” Books. With Pa Ingalls are his “daughters” Laura Ingalls, played by Kendall Webb, and Carrie Ingalls, played by Sofia Reyes-Davila. OTTER LAKE — The past met the future at Otter Lake Elementary on Friday as the second-grade students of teacher Kristen Carriero performed an adaptation of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House on the Prairie” books for parents and faculty.

The play, written by daughter of Carriero and LakeVille Memorial High School senior Katelyn Carriero, featured over a dozen second-grade students in period costume regaling the audience with tales of frontier hope and manifest destiny.


Students Ethan Abke, Daniel Gohn and Gideon Goodrich were in charge of scene changes during the show and also handled the responsibility of usher before and after the performance. 
Photos by Nicholas Pugliese Students Ethan Abke, Daniel Gohn and Gideon Goodrich were in charge of scene changes during the show and also handled the responsibility of usher before and after the performance. Photos by Nicholas Pugliese “It really takes a village to get this off the ground,” said Kristen Carriero, citing the ample volunteer help from adults and older students alike that assisted the little performers with costuming and set decorations. “We’re really proud of them, they’re so cute.”

Friday’s performance was the seventh such rendition of the younger Carriero’s script, which was written, she said, because of her mother’s love of the source material of Ingalls Wilder’s seminal tales of frontier life. “I started writing it in sixth grade, and my mom didn’t believe I actually would do it,” said Kristen Carriero with a laugh. “But I did.”

Carriero said her love of the “Little House on the Prairie” books originated from her own classroom experience. While she was in fourth-grade, her teacher Donna Renshaw introduced Carriero to the series. And as Carriero’s own classroom was set to perform her daughter’s adaptation, she was proud — and a little whispy-eyed — to share it with her former teacher Renshaw, who was in attendance to see her own granddaughter Emma Rogers perform.

As the second-graders, donned in prairie skirts, bonnets, plaid and suspenders, performed before a backdrop hand-painted by volunteer Gail Jennings, Carriero reflected on the work the students and volunteers accomplished. “It’s really the perfect play for second-graders,” she said.

— Nicholas Pugliese

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