By Becky Killian / Managing Editor
Corbin High School students donned costumes ranging from baseball players to pirates to monkeys in flannel pajamas as they portrayed popular storybook characters before an audience of enthusiastic elementary students.
An estimated 2,000 students and adults attended the 17th annual Corbin High School Storybook Christmas Tuesday at the Corbin Center for Technology and Community Activities.
Those who attended the event donated books that will be distributed to local charities including Corbin City School’s Angel Tree, Lion’s Club and the Empty Stocking Fund, according to Jill Lewis, journalism and history teacher at the high school.
Lewis said the audience included primary, preschool and elementary students from Corbin as well as eight elementary classes from Lynn Camp Elementary School.
While the event was held at Corbin’s Civic Center in past years, Lewis said it was moved to the tech center since the school district is now responsible for operating the facility.
Students performed on sets of their own creation in the hallways of the center as well as in its main meeting room.
“In 24 hours we just transformed this place,” Lewis said. “It’s just like our 24-hour Christmas miracle.”
Lewis said high school students audition for the roles and can select their own books, provided the book hasn’t been made into a movie.
In addition to the stories being performed, visitors and students got to have their faces painted, shop for items at a craft sale and select tasty treats from a bake sale.
Since the event has been held for so many years, Lewis said some of the high school students attended Storybook Christmas when they were in elementary school and they look forward to being one of the “big kids” performing the stories.
“This is something very unique,” Lewis said.