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Adapted by Bobby Box & Amy Sweeney
Directed by Amy Sweeney

2013-14 Family Series

Aug 1 - Sept 8, 2013
Previews: July 30 & 31 - 10am & 11:30am
Downstairs Theater
Recommended for ages 4 & up

•Thur-Fri: 10am & 11:30am
•Sat: 11am, 1pm & 3pm
•Sun: 1pm & 3pm

“My daughter can spin straw into gold!” brags Kate’s father. Held captive by the greedy queen, Kate must now find a way to make good on her father’s boast! A mysterious little man appears and offers his magical assistance…but at what price? Based on the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, these marionettes will spin grins onto the faces of kids and adults alike.

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About the Story

The Grimm Brothers, Jacob and Wilhelm, were born in Hanau, Germany in the late 1700s. The two loved collecting folktales and traveled throughout Germany recording the traditional stories of villagers. The tale of Rumpelstilzchen, written in German, first appeared in 1812 in a book titled Children’s and Household Tales. Other favorites credited to the Grimms include Aschenputtel (Cinderella), Hänsel und Gretel, and Rapunzel.

About the Style of Puppetry
The story of Rumpelstiltskin is performed with marionettes, or string puppets. The body of a marionette is like a jointed doll. A marionette is supported by strings of heavy black fishing line connected to different parts of the puppet’s body. All strings lead up to an “airplane control,” a wooden control mechanism that is reminiscent of a model airplane. Puppeteers manipulate the puppets from a bridge that is constructed above the stage. The puppeteers travel back and forth across the bridge throughout the course of the show. Because the strings of a marionette are often difficult to see from the audience, the puppets appear to come to life by themselves.

About the Puppeteers

Reay Kaplan (Kate/Queen) has been a professional actor and puppeteer in Atlanta since 1999.  In addition to performing in over 20 productions at the Center, her work has been seen at Synchronicity Theater, The Alliance Theater, Haverty Marionettes, Dad’s Garage, and 7 Stages.  In addition to live performing, Reay is a Teaching Artist at the Center and her voice can be heard narrating audio books from time to time.  Look for Reay on stilts in her next production, "The Navigator" at the Goat Farm in the Fall!  Much love and thanks to the cast and crew, as well as loads of love to my Prince and Princess: Ethan and Eliza.

Tim Sweeney  is thrilled to be back for another Center production. You may recognize him from such puppet shows as Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat, Brer Rabbit & Friends, The Adventures of Mighty Bug, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Space!, The Little Pirate Mermaid, Peter Pan, Aladdin, Rainforest Adventures, Cinderella Della Circus, and The Ghastly Dreadfuls. In addition, he has performed in various touring shows with Swazzle in California. He is especially pleased to be appearing in the Center directorial debut of his lovely, charming, and talented wife who is, in fact, the bees' knees.  Go Team Sweeney! 

Stage Manager
Jessica Lewis

Puppet Designers
Katie George, Michael Hickey,
Jason von Hinezmeyer

Lighting Designer
Liz Lee

Puppet Construction
Maria Bickley, Michael Hickey

Costume Construction
Maria Bickley

Scenic Designer
Mercedes Schaum

Sound Designers
Thom Jenkins, Gregory Montague

Scenic Painters
Jenny Hitmar, Mercedes Schaum

Puppet Shop Intern

Savannah Burke

Center Production Staff

Resident Puppet Builder
Jason von Hinezmeyer

Technical Director
Bill Jones

Master Electrician
Gregory Montague

Liz Lee
Assoc. Technical Director
Ryan Sbaratta

Resident Stage Manager
Gillian Wilson

Assoc. Producer

Kristin Haverty

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