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‘Fairy Tales, A Retelling’

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Submitted Photo The cast of Studio+ and Neverland Theatre Company during a rehearsal break for “Fairy Tales, A Retelling” at the studio of Studio+.

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“Fairy Tales, A Retelling” includes adaptations from the book “The Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales” including “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Snow White,” “Hänsel and Gretel” and “The 12 Dancing Princesses.” The cast includes dancers from The Studio+, actors from Neverland Theatre Company and a cellists from the Roswell Symphony. It’s a huge theatrical performance to include dance, song and strings — and it promises to fully entertain its audience.

Casting for the show was done by The Studio+ and Neverland. Little Red Riding Hood is played by Mackenzie Stover, Grandma by Bailey Arnold and the wolf by India Whitlock. Molly Austin is Snow White, Denise Koerber is the evil queen and Kendrick Davis is the prince and ringmaster. Hänsel and Gretel are portrayed by Simeon Neeld and Laura Ann Laidley. The 12 dancing princesses are Bailey Arnold, Molly Austin, Samantha DeRosier, Brooke Ellen Flowers, Kirsten Griffin, Halee Harris, Denise Koerber, Laura Ann Laidley, Cameron Lucero, Ada Palacios, Mackenzie Stover, Jadin Ware, and India Whitlock. They are supported by the entire cast of The Studio+ dancers.

The Grimm brothers are played by Dominic Batista and Colin Butts of Neverland Theatre Company. Neverland Theatre Company’s president, Maryl McNally, and her musical theater cast ends the performance. Directors for the show include Nicole Dean, Tennise Lucas, Maryl McNally, Leaslee Neff, Amy Owens and Jennifer Wolfe.

The ensemble is joined by Roswell Symphony cellist Jennifer Cosman, Kate Davenport, Sissy Mayne and Katrina Rohrbacher.

Butts and Batista wrote the “Fairy Tales, A Retelling” narration. The story is based on the original fairy tales written by Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm, who became known as The Brothers Grimm. Following their father’s death in 1796, the brothers grew up impoverished and deeply affected for many years. Later, they attended the University of Marburg where they began a lifelong dedication to researching the early history of German language and literature, including German folktales. The Brothers Grimm established a methodology for collecting and recording folk stories that became the basis for folklore studies. Their first edition was in 1812 and the seventh and final edition in 1857. Their collection of stories grew to more than 200 and are commonly known as Grimm Brothers Fairy Tales.

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Many of the Grimms’ folk tales have enjoyed enduring popularity. The tales are available in more than 100 languages and have been adapted by filmmakers including Lotte Reiniger and Walt Disney.

Far from grim, this original, artistic and interpretive portrayal of four of the Brothers Grimm’s most famous tales is a funny, powerful and entertaining retelling.

The performance will be at the Pearson Auditorium on May 18 and 19 at 6:30 p.m. Advance tickets are available roswelldance.net. Tickets will also be available at the door. For more information, call The Studio+ at 575-623-5155 or 575-347-8368. Visit roswelldance.com or neverlandtheatreco.com.