Courtney Dickson, Arts & Entertainment Editor Ω
Performing arts students are bringing quirky fairy tales to life in the TRU Drama and Theatre (TRUDAT) club’s first production of the year.
The Untold Tales of the Brothers Grimm features six student actors who will play more than 50 characters in this fast-paced comedy, put together entirely by TRU students.
Theatre student Andrew Cooper was inspired to write the show when he realized there are a multitude of fairy tales that haven’t been told in mainstream media the way they deserve to be.
“I’ve always been a fan of Grimm fairy tales,” Cooper said. “This past summer I purchased a book that had the complete works of the Brothers Grimm, all 210 tales.
“Stories like Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel people had heard about and they’ve been done over and over.
“This inspired me to write a show that would share the stories that people don’t usually hear about. The stories are not as well known, but equally captivating and fantastic.”
The Untold Tales of the Brothers Grimm is a compilation of six stories, told in just one act. Queens, kings, cross-dressing prostitutes, witches, bears and princesses are just a few of the characters that will appear on-stage.
“Casting a show is always difficult. Auditions are a very scary thing for an actor to do, so it’s hard as the director to correctly evaluate their talent based on their audition,” said Brittany McCarthy, theatre student and director of the show.
After just six rehearsals, the club is ready to see the zany show on-stage.
TRUDAT used some of their club funds (provided by TRUSU) to pay for props, masks and the more than 60 costumes used throughout the play. They also borrowed from the Actors Workshop Theatre, friends and family to ensure their needs would be met.
There will only be one performance of The Untold Tales of the Brothers Grimm, as theatre space and time is limited due to sharing theatre space with the Actors Workshop Theatre and performing arts classes.
The show starts at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3 in the Black Box Theatre. Tickets will be $5 at the door.