First things first, here is the costume in action. Cookie was the "little lost boy," and the king and queen are fighting over the boy.
Cookie wasn't sure at first that she got a good part. The class was called "Fairies and Forest Creatures," and I made the mistake of asking her whether she thought she'd be cast as a fairy or forest creature. The only other boy in the class was the king, and she has short hair, so that's probably why she ended up being the boy. I told her the boy part was very important, the focus of the conflict, the other characters are searching for the boy.
"He's the star of the show," I told her.
On the day of the performance, the kids have to start with an actor's introduction. Cookie said, "My name is [her name], I'm five-and-a-half years old, and I play the star of the show, the little lost boy."
I write things on my blog sometimes just so I won't forget them, but I don't think I'll ever forget my 5-year-old daughter introducing herself to a theater full of people as the "star of the show."