The show features two plays; a “playlet” entitled “Beauty Shop” which features Cinderella (Sarai Chavira), Rapunzel, Briar Rose (Jillian Kingdon), Goldilocks and Alice (Linda Webster) going to Fairyland’s “Fantastic Frills Salon” to meet Olivia, the salon owner (Lauren Kreuer) and her assistant, Hilda (Laura Stanton) for a new style. (These are our youngest actors ages 8-13 and this play runs about 15 minutes.)
The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon by Don Zoldis is a full-length two-act play featuring our High School/Middle School actors in all of the roles from the Grimm’s Fairy tales recapped into one play. The play portrays a troupe of traveling actors that attempt to perform all 209 of the Brothers’ Grimm fairy tales as one giant story. The production starts out with the stories of The Dirt Merchant and Rumpelstiltskin as “The Girl”, a naive and foolish girl sells her soul for her immediate wellbeing and happiness. We later find that she has to give up her daughter, “Rapunzel”, as the consequence. This story leads into more well-known tales such as Snow White, Little Red Cap, The Fishergirl,Hansel and Gretel and Cinderella, and later to lesser known tales such as The Devil’s Grandmother and The Talking Fish. Comedic and upbeat, this fun play has interesting comments about our society and our values.
Actors include Robin Harris as “The King”, Korinne Salisbury as “Narrator 1” and “Prince 3”, Parker Van Voorhees as “Narrator 2”, “Hansel”, “The Host” and “The Wolf”, Brandon Townsend as “The Actor”, “God Voice”, “Wicked Stepmother and Stepsisters”, Kaleel Van Voorhees as “The Girl”, “The Princess”, “and “Little Red”; Holden Santi as “Devil 1”, “Prince 2” and “The Talking Fish”; Alex Kingsley as “Prince 1”, “The Frog Prince” “Walt” and “The Woodcutter”; Callie Reichel as “Rumpelstiltskin:, “Crab Person 2”, “Dwarf 1” and “The Doctor”; Jessica Caicedo-Olaya as “The Dirt Merchant”, “The Cobbler Elf”, and “Snow White”; Danielle Holloway as “Rapunzel”, “Witch 2” and “Cinderella”; Breana Scates as “The Girl Without Hands”, “Crab Person 1” and “Devil 2”; and Alicia Herbst as “The Enchantress” and “The Devil’s Grandmother”. Playgoers will get a chance to see how all of the characters and stories are interconnected in a whirlwind ride with ever-changing actors and a hilarious journey to the end. Show times are May 17 at 7pm and May 18 at 2pm at the MSU Arena Theatre (Black Box theatre) in the basement of the MSU Auditorium building; (dress lightly as it tends to be a little hot down there.) Tickets are $10 per person to help defray the cost of the production.