WILDWOOD – Wildwood students in the 21st Century After School Program performed an original play Wednesday, May 10 for children at the Glenwood Avenue Elementary School, then staged another performance for their parents in the evening.

Students in the program started practicing their play, called “The Dancing Princesses,” in January, according to coordinator Tricia Lemma. Sally Bingham and Rudy Caporaso directed the play and other students performed as princesses, princes, and magical fairies.

The play tells the story of a king with seven daughters who are more interested in dancing than learning how to rule. An unlikely visitor and a disguised fairy help the protagonists learn a valuable lesson.

The performers put on the play for fourth- and fifth-graders at the Glenwood school during the day, Wednesday, May 10, and then put on another showing for their parents that night.

The 21st Century After School Program is in its fifth year in the Wildwood School District. The program starts at 2:35 p.m. each school day. About 150 students in grades 4-9 participate, growing food, learning about science and technology, and engaging in other activities like mock trial.

For the first 20 minutes students are served a snack and allowed to socialize. Between 2:55 and 3:40 p.m. they do some physical activity, and then 3:40 to 5 p.m. students participate in one of the learning programs. The program concludes with a full meal from 5 to 5:45 p.m.