‘Something Grimm: Tales from the Brothers G’ to be performed by Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble

BLOOMSBURG — Yes, it’s definitely wacky!

The professional Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble unveils its 2019 summer family play with “Something Grimm: Tales from the Brothers G.”

Performances will be from July 18 through Aug. 4 at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St. Curtain times are 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays; and 3 p.m. on Sundays.

The fun-filled adventure is BTE’s “unique take on the classic stories of the Brothers Grimm.” It’s their wonderfully weird minds that created the famous fairy tales like “The Frog Princess,” “Rumpilstiltskin” and many more.

With a large turnout of youngsters auditioning, the cast is divided into two teams, each with seven children/teenagers ages 8-21. Everyone plays a variety of characters, some human and some animal. The cast also features community and professional actors.

Originally titled “Children’s and Household Tales,” Jakob’s and Wilhelm’s stories were first published in 1812, often depicting that magic is real, and danger lurks around every corner.

While almost a hundred of their tales can be found in many volumes penned over the years, the Grimm Brothers’ stories have often been adapted and modified for family reading. And primarily during the last few decades, stage productions, often variations on the more popular tales, followed.

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s James Goode, Andrew Hubatsek, and Daniel Roth co-wrote and direct this production. The professional ensemble members note that “Something Grimm: Tales from the Brothers G” will thoroughly entertain fans of shows like “Shrek,” “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” and “Charlotte’s Web.”

The stories included in this show include “The Nanny Goat and Her Seven Kids,” “The Grandfather and His Grandchild,” “The Robber Bridegroom,” “Hans and Greta,” “The Bearskin Soldier” and “The Bremen Town Musicians.”

“The Bremen Town Musicians” was scripted from workshop sessions with the community cast of kids, led by James Goode and Rhys Kaufman, who also composed the music for the scene.

The fast-paced show has been informally rated “GA” as good for all ages. BTE advises, however, that there is some mildly spooky and macabre content.

For more information, call 570-784-8181 or visit boxoffice@bte.org.

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