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Take Me Out to the Mead Hall

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If all the world's a stage ... then a baseball field certainly can pass for a Danish mead hall.

That's the feeling, anyway, at North Stafford (Va.) High, where Beowulf, the great Old English epic, has invaded the baseball diamond.

After discovering a leaky roof in North Stafford's theater, the school's drama6coach, Fred Franklin, chose one of the baseball fields as the setting for the legendary epic.

Sadly, the show's twilight runs--scheduled during the recent major-league baseball playoffs--have been rained out every night but one. "The game has been called, not missed," Mr. Franklin says.

Weather permitting, the season's final performance was scheduled to coincide with game two of the World Series last week.

The heroic saga concerns Beowulf, a minor-league prince from Sweden, who is drafted to the team of Hrothgar, a Danish king whose players are being eaten alive (literally) by the monster Grendel. The rookie Beowulf proves himself to be an all-star by winning a doubleheader against both the monster and his vengeful mother.

Many years later, the aging veteran enters the eternal Hall of Fame after a late-innings defeat of an up-and-coming dragon.

And even if the leaky roof is fixed, the North Stafford thespians plan won't sit still. For the school's next production, Mr. Franklin says, students will be making a pilgrimage to the cafeteria, where they will present "The Canterbury Tales."


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