Children’s story staged for Nanaimo family’s fundraiser

NANAIMO – Two Nanaimo piano teachers are staging an adaptation of a popular children’s story to help raise money for a Nanaimo family.

Two Nanaimo piano teachers are staging an adaptation of a popular children’s story to help raise money for a Nanaimo family.

Donna and Carmen Falconer adapted Robert Munsch’s story The Paper Bag Princess for the stage and are performing it to raise money for Esme Rinald, a four-year-old diagnosed with leukemia a few weeks ago. Esme, daughter of Sarah Littlejohn and Don Rinald, will undergo treatment at B.C. Children’s Hospital over the next two years.

The Falconer sisters performed the show at more than 100 schools in the Lower Mainland. Although they didn’t renew their contract with Annick Press, the publishing company which owns the rights to the story allowed them to perform the show for the fundraiser.

The show is 30 minutes in length and suitable for all ages.

Carmen Falconer said, in an e-mail, that Esme’s parents have been overwhelmed with support and care from staff and volunteers at Children’s Hospital and would like the money from the fundraiser directed there.

The show is set for Saturday (Nov. 2) at 4 p.m. at Brechin United Church, 1998 Estevan Rd. Admission is by donation, suggested at $5 per person.