This year’s Middle School play is ‘Collected Grimm Tales.’ As indicated by its title, it is based around a collection of stories originally developed throughout the 19th century by two German brothers: Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.
The stories published by the brothers Grimm included popular folklore such as Cinderella, The Frog Prince, Hansel and Gretel, and Sleeping Beauty. These tales weren’t originally created by the two, instead they had been orally passed down from generation to generation long before Jacob and Wilhelm were born. The brothers wanted to keep these stories alive and popularized them by publishing over 200 into text.
Originally meant for adults, these stories were considered very dark and even included elements of graphic violence and sexual innuendos. In later years, adaptations by famous animators like Walt Disney would transform the stories into the innocent, light hearted fairy tales orientated towards children.
The MS play, ‘A night to Tickle your Tale, collected Grimm Tales’ isn’t however, based upon the newer adaptations. It is inspired by the original stories told by the Grimm brothers, meaning it will take more of a warped twist on our current perception of the popular fairy tales.
Ms. van Beek, the middle school drama teacher and play director, always wanted to put the Grimm brother’s collections on stage as she found them extremely intriguing. The stories were adapted and rewritten by Carol Ann Duffy to suit the stage. Ms. van Beek is basing the play off Duffy’s adaptations but is censoring them further to be appropriate to suit the middle school audience, claiming that the stories in this play aren’t all ‘grimm’ and won’t be as extreme as the originals.
Ms. van Beek feels this play is important as it is based on a different interpretation of iconic stories that we have grown up with. “Stories are beautiful, fantastical, and they can transform us to a whole new place. The art of storytelling is so special. I love how it brings people together and the spirit it generates. I hope that by watching this show, we can generate memories in our audience and share in this nostalgia together,” says Ms. van Beek.
Tickets will be available at the Panther Hut, parent desk at the bottom of the main middle school stairs, as well as at the Melawati campus. Showtimes are on Thursday, November 16th at 4:15 pm, Friday, November 17th at 7:00 pm, and Saturday, November 18th also at 7:00 pm. Don’t miss out on this year’s unique middle school play and buy tickets before they sell out. It will be a night to ‘tickle your tale!’