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Jonesborough Repertory Theatre to stage two classic fairy tales

Staff Report • Oct 22, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Double the fun

JRT to stage two classic fairy tales

Jonesborough Repertory Theatre will treat audiences of its latest production to a double dose of family friendly entertainment.

Performances of the one-act classics “Rapunzel” and “Rumpelstiltskin” will be held at 7:30 p.m., Fridays; 2 and 7:30 p.m., Saturdays; and 2 p.m., Sundays, Oct. 25-Nov. 3 at the theater, located at 125 W. Main St. across from Jonesborough Presbyterian Church and next door to the Historic Eureka Inn.

It’s a rare playwright who can take a fairy tale and simply let its stark and powerful dramatic events speak for themselves. In “Rapunzel,” Max Bush does just that, giving his play the strength of a pure fairy tale, purely told. The strong narrative leads from the longing of a man and his wife for a child, to their harsh bargain with a witch, who takes the child away to an enchanted tower. Though many events are stark, told in powerful images, they are also told with warmth and wit. Rapunzel and her prince are delightful; even the witch has an appealing quality that does not detract from her power to curse and destroy.

After a 15-minute intermission, audiences will return for Act II, Kathryn Schultz Miller’s “Rumpelstiltskin.”

Spin straw into gold? Impossible! Or so the poor miller’s daughter believed until she met the strange little troll who possessed the mysterious power to save her baby’s life. Set in the highlands of Medieval Scotland, this fun, bright one-act play for children comes to life with folk songs, creative staging and audience participation. With lots of comedy and stirring drama, this is a fast-paced script that keeps even the youngest audience spellbound.

“Ms. Miller’s plays are easy to stage but not sparse, fun for the kids and interesting enough for adults. It’s clear she respects her audience’s imaginative and intellectual abilities,” said Karen Hanover of New Gate Celtic Theatre in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The cast includes Lucas Schmidt, Corey Tickles, Lorianne Carver, Elizabeth Delaney

Janette Gaines, Ben Bolt, Marvin Glover, Shelley Bolt and Holly Marshall. The crew includes stage manager Nancy Peak, light designer Karen Elb, sound designers Janette Gaines and Lucas Schmidt, and light board operator Elizabeth Delaney. Make-up is by Derek Smithpeters, with set construction and design by Mike Schmidt and Deanna Vanders.

“Rapunzel” and “Rumpelstiltskin” are directed by Janette Gaines. Assistant director is Roxanne Halford.

General admission is $15; senior/student admission is $13.

For tickets, call the Jonesborough Visitors Center at 423-753-1010 or visit jonesboroughtheatre.com.

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