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Students enjoy play based on book by Southgate alum

| June 8, 2016

SGOn June 2, thanks to the generosity of the Southgate PTA, Southgate students in kindergarten, first and second grade enjoyed the play “Backbeard, a New Musical” at the Theatre Institute at Sage College.

Southgate alumnus authorThe play is based on two books written by Matthew McElligott, a Southgate alumnus who is an accomplished children’s author and illustrator. The main character in two of his books, Backbeard and the Birthday Suit and Backbeard for Hire, is described as the “hairiest pirate that ever lived.”

The students and teachers enjoyed the rollicking musical after students were introduced to the books and learned about the author, his style of illustrations and the concept of books being turned into musicals in their art, library and music classes.

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