NEWBERRY — Imagination Alley Children’s Theater’s upcoming production of Not So Grimm Fairy Tales, based on popular tales by the Brothers Grimm, opens at 7 p.m. March 15 with additional performances at 7 p.m. March 16 and 3 p.m. March 17 at the Prosperity Civic Center.
Tickets are $9 and can be bought at Newberry Opera House, the Opera House website or by calling 276-6264.
In total, 35 teens worked in teams to bring Rumpelstiltskin, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Twelve Huntsmen, and The Wolf and the Seven Young Goats to life. These young writers come from Newberry, Prosperity, Silverstreet, Whitmire, Chapin and Saluda.
The workshops, led by Ellen Hunt, incorporated writing, acting, and improvisation exercises that resulted in a fun, new, and original script for old, familiar stories.
The Not So Grimm Fairy Tales script involves 56 young people, ages 4 to 18, acting as animals, princesses, hunters, witches and more.
Nicole Frazee, teen veteran in the IACT program, is assistant director for the shows. Frazee got involved in IACT after living in Newberry for a couple years by auditioning for a teen show.
“I absolutely fell in love and I’ve been with the group ever since,” she said.
When asked about the script writing experience, Frazee commented: “It’s an excellent way to help us grow, not only as actors, but as a group.”
She added that the writing process “really gets them thinking about the stories they’re creating. It helps with the understanding of the characters they’re playing.
Frazee said participating in theatre has had a considerable impact on her life.
“It gave me an opportunity to express myself during the most formative years of my life, and more importantly, it taught me how to work hard, and showed me how much that hard work can pay off,” she said. “I’ve learned how to be a leader for others my age, especially working in a small position of authority. As a whole, theatre has given me a place to escape from my daily life and form relationships with some of the most amazing people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. Especially here in Newberry, it has taught me to be myself and to help others do the same.”
Imagination Alley Children’s Theater operates in association with the Newberry Community Players. Get more information at the NCP website, www.theritzonline.com or on the Newberry Community Players Facebook page.