Theater Review:
Performers spin Grimm tales

Posted Feb. 13, 2009

Stephanie Arellanes
The Brothers Grimm wrote many fairy tales that remain some of today’s classics. Adrianna Castillo, Jessica Swapp, and Mike Sarti performed “The Fisherman and his Wife,” a tale originally published in 1812 in “Children’s and Household Tales.” The performance was held from Feb. 5 -7 in Dailey Theatre.

Samantha Sincock
Staff Writer

Actors whirled about the stage in frenzy as the “Not So Children’s Tales” performance took lead in the tightly packed Dailey Theatre.

The theater came alive as students of the theater arts performance interterm class, whisked the audience into a land of magic and fantasy.

Fifteen acts based off of stories of the Brothers Grimm were chosen, directed and performed by students who took the January interterm course.

“The class read more than 200 Grimm tales and slowly whittled their way down to 15,” Sean Dillon, professor of theater arts and the instructor of the course, said.

Members of the class said they focused on the criteria of, if “it’s been heard let’s do something else.”

The stage had a Shakespearean feel with numerous floor pillows encompassing the stage.

Intimacy with the actors allowed the audience to feel that they were a part of the fairy tales being portrayed.

“I wanted people to laugh, connect and understand the stories because they are a lot of fun,” said Hannah Knous, a sophomore theater major, who played Clever Gretel.

And the audience did just that.

Aside from a few of the more “dramatic” tales, the actors were comically entertaining throughout the night.

“This show is about entertainment and fun, and what a group of people can do in a month,” Kris Bicknell, ULV alumnus, said.

With no more than a few pieces of clothing, puppets and a handful of other props, the students were able to take the audience into the various realms of the Grimm fairy tales.

Ralph Saldana a freshman theater major who portrayed the king in “The Three Feathers” said he wished that the audience would find fairy tales in their lives.

The cast was able to put a smile on every individual’s face, each person connecting with a story that stood out to them.

“The performance made me feel like a kindergartener in story time,” freshman Caitlin McCarthy said.

From beginning to end, the actors put on a charming and spectacular show.

“This department extends beyond the circular to the social life, and I think that’s what makes us so close as a team,” Dillon said.

It is no question that the theater department has put on another memorable show.

With the cast and audience beaming afterward, there’s no doubt opening night was a success.

“Always look for the magic in your own lives,” as the cast of “Not So Children’s Tales” so quaintly put it.

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