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Emily Orms is decidedly serious about playing her part as one of the bully reindeer in “The Gleamers.”

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Excited elves reveal a Christmas mystery

Ever wondered why people put up Christmas lights? Well, just check with the elves that live at Payson Elementary School: They can tell you all about it. The riot of six- and seven-year-olds last week staged a time-honored tradition for elementary students and their families: the holiday play. And for the first time ever, they revealed the secret of Christmas lights as imagined by a teacher turned playwright. Marti Shipley, one of the nine PES first-grade teachers, wrote the play entitled “The Gleamers.” The size of the three classes participating inspired Shipley to write the play. “I was looking for a Christmas play that would be easy enough for our students to do and also include a large number of students. I had no success finding one I liked,” she said. So she wrote her own.


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