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UWS's 'Rumpelstiltzkin' sprinkled with local references

University Theatre at the University of Wisconsin-Superior closes out its 2007-2008 season with the family comedy "Rumpelstiltzkin" by Norman Robbins. The show will be staged April 25-26 and May 2-3 at 7:30 p.m. and on April 27 and May 4 at 2 p.m...

University Theatre at the University of Wisconsin-Superior closes out its 2007-2008 season with the family comedy "Rumpelstiltzkin" by Norman Robbins. The show will be staged April 25-26 and May 2-3 at 7:30 p.m. and on April 27 and May 4 at 2 p.m. All performances will take place in the Manion Theater, located in the Holden Fine and Applied Arts Center on Catlin Avenue and 19th Street on the UWS campus. (For maps and directions to campus, visit www.uwsuper.edu/directions .)

"Rumpelstiltzkin" is an adaptation of the famous fairy tale. It opens with a simple child's game that leads to misunderstanding and silly fun. Despite an evil gnome, stupid henchmen and a wicked Baron, all ends happily. This script for "Rumpelstiltzkin" incorporates many elements of the classic theatrical style known as pantomime. Actors leave the stage and interact directly with members of the audience, there are pratfalls, spit takes, and other physical bits of comedy, and local references are sprinkled liberally throughout the script. Pantomime is similar in style to commedia dell'arte, a classic Italian form of comedy that UWS Theatre staged last winter with their Children's Theatre production of "Androcles and the Lion."

"I am working with a ton of new kids on this show and it is exciting to see them work!" said director Brian Matuszak. "They're doing a great job and I hope they stick around to do more theater at UWS."

Tickets for all University Theatre productions are $10 for adults, $8 for students, $5 for kids 12 and under, and $1 for UWS students with a valid ID. Discount rates of $5 per person are available for groups of 10 or more. All tickets can be reserved by calling the University Box Office at (715) 394-8380. University Theatre is a co-curricular activity of the Department of Communicating Arts Department of the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

~University Theatre press release

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