Audiences won’t forget the name of an infamous fairytale character after the Center for Puppetry Arts performs its own take on “Rumpelstiltskin,” complete with old-world marionettes and a unique take on the Brothers Grimm tale.
Amy Sweeney, the center’s head puppeteer, looks to spin straw into gold with her directorial debut. She said she hopes her focus on the strength of characters and story flow will make the production a fun experience for both young and old.
“It’s still the same story of Rumpelstiltskin making a deal with a young lady and wanting to take her baby,” she said. “That part is still the same, but we gave it a fun twist with new characters.”
In this adaptation by playwrights Bobby Cox and Michael Haverty, the main character Kate is held captive by a greedy queen and must find a way to turn straw into gold or remain imprisoned after her father fibs about her magical powers. A tiny, mysterious man comes to her rescue, but Kate’s bargain with the stranger ends up costing a hefty price.
Sweeney’s husband Tim, a veteran puppeteer himself, will also be performing in the show. Aside from the diversion from the original story, Tim Sweeney said another unique aspect of the performance is it is one of very few classical marionette productions the center typically puts on each year.
“It’s a very funny show with great characters, but it’s also a chance to see marionettes,” he said. “We do marionette shows here, but they aren’t as common as other forms [of puppetry].”
Performances will begin Thursday and run through Sept. 8 at the Downstairs Theater. Show times are as follows: Thursdays and Fridays at 10 and 11:30 a.m.; Saturdays at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and Sundays at 1 and 3 p.m.