The Stinky Cheese Man at the ELC

Jean Caskey (ELC director) writes on this year’s Tokyo Theater for Children performance of The Stinky Cheese Man. The Stinky Cheese Man is a unique and impassioned retelling of various children’s stories and fairy tales, such as Little Red Riding Hood and The Tortoise and the Hare.


On November 29, the Tokyo Theater for Children treated ELC students to a wonderful performance of The Stinky Cheese Man in the community room. This annual event is sponsored by the ELC PTA and provides an opportunity for our children to see a live stage production in an intimate setting at the ELC.

Highlights of this year’s show included three performers with ASIJ connections: Amanda Schofield (ELC/ES parent) who was the Giant, Saya Suetsugu (alumna class of 2004) as Chicken Licken, a princess, and the Little Old Lady, and Andrea Johnston (middle school language arts/social studies) who played Goosey Loosey.

After viewing the show, some students returned to class and drew their favorite part of the performance. One student said she liked the Cheeseman the most, while the prince, princess and fox stood out to others.


Reflecting on the performance, Hillary Storey (ELC teacher) mentioned that “children learn a great deal from being exposed to the fine arts and having interactive experiences with these performers.” Wendy Rathgeber (ELC teacher) reinforced Hillary’s assessment, “being able to interact with the actors is a wonderful experience.”

As a result of such a creative and well-rehearsed show, some of our children are now inspired to begin producing their own plays!