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King Smarty Pants holds court

Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw school puts on Smarty Parts play.

PORT HARDY—With a bouquet and a receiving line of alumni stretching back 16 years, writer and director Mary Geisbrecht wrapped up her final year as director of the Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw school primary play last Thursday.

Geisbrecht, who along with production assistant Maria Bocskei is retiring this year, was treated to flowers and hugs from former students who returned to the stage for a send-off after the young primary actors performed.

Geisbrecht has written and directed the original plays at the school since 1998.

This year’s play, King Smarty Pants, is about a monarch who knows so much that he offers a bag of gold to anyone who can teach him something new. A parade of scientists, cooks and teachers all try, unsuccessfully, before an old man arrives to point out the king didn’t know anything about him.

The king then throws a party for all his subjects ending with a big song and dance number.