Quirky characters take center stage during school play
You might think you already know the plots of fairy tales like Snow White, Cinderella and Hansel and Gretel, but Estacada High School's latest play will bring new twists to these stories.
The high school's theater department's production of "The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon," written by Don Zolidis, will run from Thursday, May 2, through Saturday, May 4, at the Estacada Auditorium, 500 N.E. Main St. Each performance begins at 7 p.m., and tickets are $6 for adults and students, and $4 for children 12 and younger.
"The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon" follows two narrators (Donna Settje and Eric Sohnrey) as they introduce audiences to actors playing Cinderella (Hannah Rank and Irelynd O'Neill), Hansel and Gretel (Gavin Rex and Hannah Crandell), Rumpelstiltskin (Julien Purvis), Little Red Riding Hood (Ayla Zallee) and Snow White (Lizzie Smith).
But these aren't the same stories you grew up reading: Little Red Riding Hood is a gangster and one actor (Irelynd O'Neill) must play nearly all of the characters in the Cinderella story.
The play also incorporates several of the Brothers Grimm's lesser known characters, such as the Devil's Grandmother (Dylan Darity) and the Girl Without Hands (Raven Yoder).
Additional cast members include Alissa Pierce, Kylei Goodenough, Kae Nestor, Michael Swenson, Max Houk, Breanna Ruiz and Kyra Milliken.
Estacada High School theater teacher Jordan Collins noted that one reason she chose "The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon" was that it would incorporate the skills of numerous students.
"There are 42 roles and 20 actors," she said. "It's a good way for those with experience to try something more advanced, and a safe way to get newer actors involved."
Collins' favorite scene is a two minute recap of the play, during which the actors summarize what's happened thus
"They do everything backwards and as fast as possible," she said.
Settje likes that the play "takes well known stories and puts a twist on them."
"It's a good way to show stories people are familiar with and get them sort of familiar with stories that people don't know that often," Collins said.
Sohnrey appreciates that his character is "very loud and whacky."
"(It's) a wild time," added Swenson. "Be ready to have your favorite stories ruined or heightened."
Students encourage anyone interested to stop by the play.
"Everyone will enjoy something about it," Sohnrey said.
"Only come if you feel like having a laugh attack," added Goodenough.