Spring Spectaculathon

Review: Production brings fun twist on traditional fairy tales


This year, SHS theater presents “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon” as the annual spring play. As the title speaks, the show really was spectacular.

It starts with two narrators, played by senior Katie Osborne and junior Mary Pfeiffer, attempting to retell the 209 fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm in less than two hours. In attempting to do so, there were many twists and turns that kept the show interesting and constantly moving.

The show also plays with the originality of the ancient fairy tales to create something modern and creative, including many beloved classics like Cinderella, Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel and more.

It’s hard to create an interesting show out of repetitive tales that have been loved since childhood, yet the show kept the audiences hooked. Every single scene was out of the ordinary, and that’s what made it so special.

In this play, many unexpected scenarios occur. Some include when Rumpelstiltskin, who was so sure the queen would not know his name, offers the queen a chance to guess his name in exchange to not kidnap her child.

Before the queen could guess, the witch and the devil exposed him. Rumpelstiltskin’s reaction to this was hysterical. Another epic scenario was the Hansel and Gretel part of the story.

As many know, Hansel and Gretel are tricked by a horrendous witch who intends to eat them. Here, a cast member acting as one of the audience yells at Hansel and Gretel not to fall for the witch’s trick.

Seeing how the two did not care to listen one bit and act a fool was humorous. Moreover, one of Snow White’s dwarfs gets to be Snow White and delivers a different version of what may be expected, as a witty character and also an amazing dancer.

Last but not least, the most impressive part was the fact that almost the entire cast of Cinderella was played by one actress, junior Meredith Ziegler. It’s astonishing how one person can recall all the lines of a whole story.

One of the best things about the show was its cast. The casting was phenomenal. Each member of the cast really compliments their characters. A great example of this are narrators Osborne and Pfeiffer. Their confidence really shines throughout the show.

They turned a potentially awkward role into a really engaging, fun position and really made it work. They constantly interacted with the audience with hand gestures and facial expressions. Additionally, their diction was loud and clear, perfect for narration.

A great facet to the spring play was its space. It was performed in a tiny square space called the Black Box.

Because the play was performed in a confined space with the audience almost at every corner, it created an intimate atmosphere.

Being stuck in a room full of laughter really lightens up the mood, like the laughter is almost contagious.

All those hours of preparation for this play seemed to really pay off considering how the audience never stopped smiling or laughing. It’s hard to believe there are so many talents whether it be acting, design or directing hidden in this school until they get on stage. Ordinary students who many students share classes with do not seem so ordinary anymore.