Fleetwood Community Theatre will stage the Don Zolidis play, “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon,” that loosely incorporates 14 of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales for two performances only on Friday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. at at Willow Creek Elementary School, 605 Criss Cross Road.
This two-act comedy for all ages features 18 actors tackling 42 characters.
“The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon” is narrated by two story tellers. They and a band of 16 other actors attempt to tell all 209 stories compiled by the Brothers Grimm. While some tales are merely mentioned, several of the most popular are combined and condensed and told with the original fable story lines – translation, there is very little “happily ever after.”
Classics like Rapunzel, Hansel & Gretel, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Rumpelstiltskin, Little Red Riding Hood, and the Frog Prince become comedy satire for this band of thespians.
A few lesser-known tales like The Fisher Girl, The Girl Without Hands, Johannes, and Plinkie Plie are brought to our attention.
However, most of Act 2 is Cinderella.
“Again, not the ‘bibbiti-bobbiti-boo’ or even the ’10-minutes ago’ version, but still a spectacle to be seen, because it is brilliantly played by one amazing 14-year-old,” stated the community theater in its release.
“Part of the comedy of the show is that these fables are terrible. The script is infested with jokes and quips about the source materials,” FCT continued. “Discussions about trademark and copyright situations with ‘the mouse,’ characters who don’t read the terms and conditions of their deals with the forces of evil, tangents on consent and love at first site… the play is built to be chaos.”
FCT advises that the audience come prepared to be part of the action, but mostly come prepared to laugh for the duration and be absorbed into the fast-paced story, possibly under duress.
“The audience is the final cast member of this show. It is very interactive, and intentional,” said director Cathy Leibensperger in the release. “The audience needs to know their participation is encouraged for these performances. No sitting on your hands, no quiet applause… trust that your neighbor in their seat will be playing their part, and just have fun!”
Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased online at www.fleeetwoodcommunitytheatre.com/tickets. Tickets can be purchased at the door for an additional $3 per ticket.
A not-for-profit 501(c)(3) volunteer organization of theatre lovers in its 36th season, Fleetwood Community Theatre is committed to the education and development of their membership within the theatre arts program by offering opportunities to all ages both on-stage and behind the scenes. As an outlet of quality musical, dramatic and ensemble productions, it encourages and supports local youth to pursue performing arts opportunities through school, church, collegiate or other local productions.
Source: Berkshire mont