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'Rumpelstiltskin' makes mischief at Theatre Bristol

staff report • Sep 7, 2011 at 4:05 AM

Rumpelstiltskin will work his mischief at Theatre Bristol’s ARTspace this month as the first show in the Discovery Series for Young Audiences Season of the 2011-2012 school year. Theatre Bristol chose “Rumpelstiltskin” to kick off its 46th anniversary Children’s Theatre Series in honor of its origins as Bristol Children’s Theatre. Founded in 1965 by Cathy DeCaterina, Bristol Children’s Theatre presented “Rumpelstiltskin” as one of its first productions. Subsequent revivals in 1974, 1981, 1987, 2000 and 2005 have helped make “Rumpelstiltskin” one of Theatre Bristol’s most successful children’s shows. Adapted from the well-known Brothers Grimm tale, this version of “Rumpelstiltskin” is a lively and comical journey through a magical kingdom where straw can be spun into gold and a humble miller’s daughter can become queen. In an inspired twist on the traditional story, the mischievous title character has his fun constantly interrupted by a nagging wife. The show is fast-paced and funny enough for even the youngest audiences, but still entertaining to older children and adults. The title role of “Rumpelstiltskin” will be portrayed by Emily Marie Spencer, who last was seen on stage at Theatre Bristol in the 2009 production of “Seussical, the Musical.” Rumpelstiltskin’s perpetually nagging wife, Griselda (Tracy Crabtree) manages to keep Rumpelstiltskin in line. The hapless miller, Milton Melbourne, (Hunter Johnson) and his lovely daughter, Roxanne (Chelsea Burnette), try to pay their taxes but somehow manage to win King Reginald’s heart (Jake Jones). Despite the bumbling of the two sidekicks to the king, Edgar (Rachel Phipps), and to the miller, Filburt (Sean Grande), King Reginald and Roxanne fall in love and get married. As the narrator (Ashley Frye) describes the action, Rumpelstiltskin is finally thwarted in his attempts to steal Roxanne and Reginald’s baby, and they all live happily ever a f t e r. Performances for school groups are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Sept. 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23. Tickets are $5, and reservations must be made by the school. Public performances are set for 2:30 p.m., Sept. 11 and 7:30 p.m., Sept. 23. Tickets for the public performances are $10 for adults and $7 for children. Tickets can be purchased online at w w w. t h e a t r e b r i s t o l . o r g . For more information, call (423) 968-4977.

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