Lakewood High School’s drama students will bring a comedic take to popular fairy tales with their production of “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon.”

Performances for the show will be held on Dec. 2, 3 and 4 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

“It’s a collection of Brothers Grimm fairy tales, but with a twist,” said Lakewood High School student Sydney Larreau.

“It’s basically like ‘Into the Woods,’ but a lot weirder and more complex, and no singing sadly,” said Lakewood High School student Anna Reitz.

The play is led by two narrators recounting popular fairy tales such as Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, and Hansel and Greta.

The fairy tales are given comedic spins though.

Student Brooke Magelsen plays Snow White “except she is a very snooty and bossy character who is trying to take the narrator’s position.”

“Everyone is super self-aware that they’re putting on a performance, it’s quite fun,” said Reitz.

Larreau said it is a fun and lighthearted play. 

“There’s audience participation so they get to interact with the cast as well,” she said.

The show gives students a variety of classic fairy tale roles to play and will present many characters during the performance.

“I think the audience will like the diversity of characters and the humor, and the sort of modern take on fairy tales,” said Magelsen.

For Lakewood students this is the first in-person play since the beginning of the pandemic.

“We had a musical in 2020 that got shut down halfway through, so it’s really nice to be able to do something again,” said Reitz. “I’ve missed it so much … this is a big part of what makes school enjoyable."

Magelsen said she was excited to bring back an in-person productions to the school.

“It’s really awesome. When everyone found out we were going live I think everyone was excited and up for the task,” Magelsen said.

Students were also glad to be participating together in the extracurricular activity. 

“Just establishing that community again. Being able to develop that cast/crewmate relationship and be there for each other and help each other with lines,” said Magelsen.

“I think it’s really fun to just piece things together and connect with the cast. Figure out how the characters connect and you connect with each other,” said Larreau.

Being able to practice acting and present something to the public is also rewarding, said Reitz.

“I like the bonding that happens and, of course, the performance piece where we get to show the audience how much fun we’re having,” she said.

The cost for tickets is $10 for general admission and $5 for seniors or students with an ASB card. Children under 5 years of age enter free.

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