The theory of evolution has a new perspective. Fifth grader Jay Tilden, an aspiring playwright from Barre, chose Loco the monkey as the play’s central character in his story about evolution. But the critter characters didn’t stop there, said the Times Argus. There was another monkey, a Spanish-speaking bird, a tortoise, a dog, a long-eared rabbit, an elephant, a bear, a greedy explorer, and a guest appearance from anthropologist Jane Goodall. The eight-act play was submitted to Project Playwright 2008. More than 90 fifth- and sixth-graders entered the contest with the hope of winning a free laptop computer for themselves and a $500 donation to the school’s library. "It worked better without the caveman," Tilden said. "I’m happy with it." Apparently the audience also was happy with the play as they gave it the "Audience Choice Award." Wonder what Darwin would have thought? Ah, who cares?
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