ELKINS - One of the highlights of the small school experience is being able to take control of your learning and create a meaningful end product that you can share. For seven Davis & Elkins College theater students that will be exactly what they do when they present "Rumpelstiltskin" at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Studio Theatre located in the Boiler House Theatre on the college campus.
Tickets are $5 and proceeds will help students attend the Southeastern Theatre Conference in Mobile, Ala. Tickets will be available at the door to Studio Theatre.
The production of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, adapted by D&E Assistant Professor of Theatre K.B. Saine, is the story of a miller, who, wanting to make himself appear important, tells the king he has a daughter who can spin straw into gold. The daughter accomplishes the impossible task with the help of Rumpelstiltskin, but not without dilemmas. The themes that ring true from the original story are about suffering the consequences of dishonesty, and about being true to oneself.
Adalia Trudgeon, left, and Ashlen Wilson prepare artwork for the student production of ‘Rumpelstiltskin.’ The play for children will be performed at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Studio Theatre located in the Boiler House Theatre on the college campus. (Submitted photo)
The students have created a production appropriate for youth, saine says, with hopes that parents from throughout the region will bring their children to campus for a fun, age-appropriate experience.
The play is directed by Carly Sable, a senior from Alexandria, Va., who has appeared in several D&E theater productions and directed a one-act play last month.
"This production is such a great opportunity for the actors and the designers to explore their imaginations," Sable says. "For me, I've found a love for directing the past year and this is an enjoyable challenge to direct a show for children. I'm so excited to be able to put this show together for the kids in this community."
Casts members are Ashley Collins, a junior from Independence, as King; Alyse Prince, a junior from Hurricane, as Millner; Ashlen Wilson, a senior from Elkins, as Miliana; and Adalia Trudgeon, a sophomore from Elkins, as Rumpelstiltskin.
The production team is made up of set designer T.J. Meyers, a senior from Lisbon, Md., and costume designer Sarah Satterwhite, a senior from Farmington.
The Southeastern Theatre Conference, which features more than 100 professional theater companies, is a key networking event that provides students the opportunity to seek professional employment as well as study with industry professionals through a series of master classes.
The Davis & Elkins College Theatre Program offers courses in theatre and theatre production designed to provide students with knowledge of and experience in an art form which has played a key role in cultural history and contemporary society.
Three options are available to students working toward a Bachelor of Arts degree: Theatre Arts, Design & Technical Theatre or Theatre Education. The Theatre Arts and Design & Technical Theatre programs prepare and present three main stage productions and three to five student-directed studio productions every year.
For more information, please visit the College website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.