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Drama students mash up fairytales in Nov. 1-3 production of The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon

From Rapunzel letting down her hair, to multiple gender-bending princes and the entire Cinderella tale played by one actress, Edwin Parr Composite School’s first drama production of the school year had it all.

EPC’s rendition of the Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon ran at the Nancy Appleby Theatre Nov. 1-3 and was a mad race through the collected stories of the Brothers Grimm.

Two narrators – Erica Bown and Laine Mills – comedically led the audience through the fairy tales while asking for audience participation in some parts of the show. “Don’t go in there!” the audience was prompted to scream when Little Red Riding Hood enters her grandmothers home in the forest.

Some of the greater known fairy tales appeared on stage, such as Rapunzel, Cinderella and Snow White, alongside lesser-known tales such as The Girl Without Hands and the Devil’s Grandmother.

EPC drama teacher Colin Byers said it was his first time working with the drama students, and there is a lot of talent amongst the students.

“I think Athabasca should be really proud of these guys,” he said. “I think they’ve done a really good job. It’s such a quick, fast paced play; they really have done an excellent job with the characters, and yeah, I’m really impressed.”

On the Nov. 2 night, there were about 100 audience members in the theatre.

Bown said she thought the production was “pretty good” and they had minimal problems.

She added being on stage is like a transformation into being her character.

“I feel like I’m in that moment, as if I’m not on the stage, like I’m actually in that part rather than in front of an audience,” she said.

Byers said the play was pretty much by the book, due to copyright issues, except for the Little Red Riding Hood scene was unique to EPC.

Little Red, played by Rufaro Madamobe, came from the ‘hood,’ and when she came face-to-face with the wolf dressed as her grandmother, she pulled a gun out of her basket on the wolf.

In total, there were about 50 EPC students involved in the production, with 29 main stage class students acting in the fairytales. Drama technology students were involved in creating Rapunzel’s tower and the giant fairytale book that also served as a door.

“I think the one thing I want to say is I’m absolutely blown away by how dedicated these students are, and by how talented they are,” Byers said. “It’s been an absolute pleasure working with them.”

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