RUMPELSTILSKIN Runs Now thru 3/16 at Imagination Stage

"This is a story that's old as old, of how a girl turned straw into gold," and one that the audiences at Imagination Stage are sure to know! Directed by Janet Stanford and written by Mike Kenny, Rumpelstiltskin is a unique interpretation of a fairytale in which the characters discover their true place in the world, complete with witty poetry, exquisite movement, and original music performed live by a fiddle player. Best for ages 5-10, Rumpelstiltskin runs in Imagination Stage's Annette M. and Theodore N. Lerner Family Theatre today, February 5-March 16, 2014. Tickets start at $10, and may be purchased online at www.imaginationstage.org, at the Imagination Stage box office, or via phone at 301-280-1660. Group rates are available.

"We are happy for the first time ever to be producing a script by Mike Kenny, a top award-winning international playwright," said Janet Stanford, Artistic Director at Imagination Stage. "His version of this classic fairytale never underestimates the intelligence of young people. Kenny makes all the characters seem completely real and contemporary." Rumpelstiltskin is a popular Grimm Brothers' fairytale about a poor miller who wants nothing more than for his daughter never to work a day in her life. However, he brags that she can do anything, including spinning straw into gold. A greedy king commands her to make gold for his coffers, but unable to perform this magical feat, the Miller's Daughter enlists the help of a rotten riddling fairy named Rumpelstiltskin. The naughty imp assists the helpless girl after he makes her promise to give him her first-born child. But with a bit of lucky help from a friend, the young girl manages to out-trick the trickster. ABOUT THE CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM Matthew Pauli will play the title role of Rumpelstiltskin. He is an actor, clown, and puppeteer, and he most recently worked as the puppet designer on Imagination Stage's production of Lulu and the Brontosaurus. Matthew is a graduate of Georgetown University, as well as the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Clown College. He also holds an MFA from Shakespeare Theatre Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University. Katherine Renee Turner will play the Miller's Daughter. Katherine is new to Imagination Stage and was recently seen in The Laramie Project at Ford's Theatre. She is a native Washingtonian and a graduate of Ithaca College. Ricardo Frederick Evans will play the Miller. Ricardo is also a native Washingtonian and has been seen at Imagination Stage in Dr. Dolittle, Perseus Bayou, Disney's Mulan, and many more. He is a graduate and faculty member of the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts. Jason Glass will play the King and is also new to Imagination Stage. Jason graduated from the University of Florida in theatre performance and has been seen locally at Forum Theatre, The Studio Theatre 2nd Stage, Discovery Theatre, and others. Kathryn Kelley will play Mess and the Queen Mother. She has previously performed at Imagination Stage in The Borrowers and Miss Nelson is Missing. Kathryn performed for many years at Round House Theatre and has also been seen at many other local theatres.

Anthony Hyatt will be the fiddle player, performing live for each performance. Anthony is not only a musician, but a keynote speaker and teaching artist, as well as the founder and principal of Moving Beauty, an organization that inspires groups of seniors in music and dance. Janet Stanford (Director) is the Artistic Director at Imagination Stage. She has helped transition Imagination Stage from a community-based arts organization to a nationally significant regional Theatre for Young Audiences theatre and arts education program. Janet has established a record for ongoing funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Theatre Communications Group, and The Shubert Foundation, among others. She has commissioned U.S. and international playwrights including Kevin Kling, Karen Zacarias, Joan Cushing, David S. Craig, and Charles Way, whose plays and musicals have gone on to be produced at other theatres in the U.S. and as far away as China. She is delighted that the summer 2012 production of The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe (which she wrote and directed) received two Helen Hayes Awards. The remainder of the creative team for Rumpelstiltskin includes Set Designer Daniel Pinha, Lighting Designer Rob Denton, Costume Designer Katie Touart, Sound Designer Christopher Baine, and Movement Specialist Gwen Grastorf.




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