Two crows, a goddess and a cat, a gaggle of peasants, a donkey with musical aspirations and a talking flounder. These and many other characters will appear onstage when the Brainerd High School (BHS) Drama Club presents “Story Theatre” on Friday and Saturday in the school’s Little Theatre.
Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday. Tickets are $3 and will be available at the door.
According to guest director Patrick Spradlin, “Story Theatre” is a collection of tales by Aesop and the Brothers Grimm, given a re-telling with a more sophisticated angle.
“This isn’t exactly children’s theatre,” said Spradlin, “but it is a fun evening of theatre that everyone in the family would enjoy.”
Adapted by Second City founder Paul Sills, Spradlin calls the play a hilarious menagerie of animals, humans and mythical creatures. Familiar stories like “Henny Penny” and “The Bremen Town Musicians” are combined with the tales “The Fisherman and His Wife” and “The Golden Goose” to make for a fun-filled night of high and low comedy.
“What I like about the play is the underlying meaning of the stories,” Spradlin said. “Each story has a lesson to it. The lesson is sometimes apparent, sometimes not, but it’s always entertaining.”
The cast consists of Caleb Christensen, Julia Cunningham, Daniel Felsheim, Miranda Hanson, Michele Hufschmid, Amanda Johnson, Michelle Johnson, Lauren McAllister, Linda Nichols and Leah Rathe. Patrick Mahoney is the technical theatre coordinator.
“This group of kids has worked really hard with a pretty difficult script,” said Spradlin. “These stories are deceptively easy. Each of the cast brings their own personality to the characters, and that has been really fun to work with.”
Students in the BHS Drama Club act in the productions, work on the technical aspects of the show and help to promote the production.
“This has been a real team effort,” Spradlin said. “This has been my first experience working with the BHS students, and I’m impressed with their commitment and talent. They’ve done a tremendous job.”