EX-CEL group performs skit to
King Arthur play
Members dress as maidens, monarch to garner interest
by Sally Claunch
The Shorthorn staff
LaKisha Ladson held up a book and showed pictures of Merlin and King Arthur to
second-grader Clinton Neal on Wednesday.
"I liked the dragon and the part with the sword," he said, smiling as he
turned the pages.
The liberal arts junior joined other EX-CEL campus activities members at Hill
Elementary School in Arlington to perform a short skit of Young King Arthur for members of
the Boys and Girls Clubs.
EX-CEL members dressed up as medieval maidens and a king to encourage the children to
see the play.
The Dallas Children's Theater will perform Young King Arthur at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Friday in the University Center Rosebud Theatre. EX-CEL is sponsoring the event.
EX-CEL membership director Apexa Patel said she gave children fliers to give to their
parents about the show.
"The kids love us - they're still so amazed at having older people entertain
them," she said.
Fifth-grader Zakary Hahn said he liked the performance but that the costumes did not
depict the time period accurately.
"I told the king his shoes were Sketchers, and I didn't think they were from olden
days," he said.
Pre-business sophomore David Saputra was dressed up as the king. He was wearing a
Renaissance costume, a velvet hat and combat boots.
"I like working with kids," he said as fourth-grader Rachael Carter pulled
off his hat. "Sometimes," he added, as he grabbed his hat back.
Fifth-grader Travis Nicks said he wanted to come see the play.
"I liked the costumes- they're funny," he said and laughed at business junior
Sky Purdie , who was dressed as a jester.
Ladson, EX-CEL campus activities arts and entertainment director, said the early show
is almost full because some area schools and day care centers are bringing children to the
play for a field trip. But tickets are still left for both shows.
Ticket prices are $2 for children 12 and younger, $3 for students with a Mav Express
card, and $4 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased at the UC Bursar Services.
For more information call 272-2963.