Before Disney and its magic kingdom, even before film and animation existed, there were “Grimm’s Fairy Tales.” Many well-known fairy tales – such as “Cinderella” and “Snow White” originated from the book and now Hiram College’s Theatre Arts Department will bring some of the tales to life with performances of “Collected Grimm Tales” on Friday, Oct. 23 at 4:15 and 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Renner Theater in the Frohring Performing Arts Building.
The play is a compilation of two different scripts and is a dramatized version of Carol Ann Duffy’s adaption of “Grimm’s Tales,” which was originally performed by the Young Vic Company in England.
The play’s director, Theatre Arts Professor Rick Hyde, M.F.A., selected the play because he wanted to do a “storytelling” project and an ensemble production.
“I wanted to do something that would be fun for actor and audience alike,” Hyde said. “ I always enjoy concentrating on the simple telling of a story and engaging the imagination of the audience.”
There are eight students performing in the production, two students serving on the technical crew and one serving as stage manager. A student has also designed a couple puppets for the show.
As far as the specific fairy tales will be part of the show, Hyde didn’t want to reveal too much and would only say that there will be some “familiar titles and some not-so-familiar ones.”
Those who wish to find out which fairy tales will be featured in the production will simply have to attend the show. No tickets are required but Hyde suggests attendees arrive 15 minutes early to ensure they get a seat.