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Rumpelstiltskin Visits Theatre Bristol

September 05, 2011

Rumpelstiltskin will work his mischief at Theatre Bristol’s ARTspace in September as the first show in the Discovery Series for Young Audiences Season of the 2011-12 school year. The 2011-2012 Discovery Series for Young Audiences Season is sponsored by The Hot Topic Foundation.

Performances of Rumpelstiltskin especially for school groups are scheduled for September 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, and 23 at 9:30 and 11:30 each morning. Ticket prices are $5 per student, and reservations must be made by the school with Theatre Bristol.

Public performances are September 11 at 2:30 p.m. and September 23 at 7:30 p.m., with tickets costing $7 for children and $10 for adults. Tickets can be purchased on-line on Theatre Bristol’s website www.theatrebristol.org

Theatre Bristol chose Rumpelstiltskin to kick off its 46th anniversary Children’s Theatre Series in honor of its origins as Bristol Children’s Theatre. Founded in 1965 by Cathy DeCaterina, Bristol Children’s Theatre presented Rumpelstiltskin as one of its first productions. Subsequent revivals in 1974, 1981, 1987, 2000 and 2005 have helped make Rumpelstiltskin one of Theatre Bristol’s most successful children’s shows.

The title role of Rumpelstiltskin is portrayed by Emily Marie Spencer (Kingsport, TN) who last was seen on stage at Theatre Bristol is the 2009 production of Seussical, the Musical. Rumpelstiltskin perpetually nagging wife, Griselda (Tracy Crabtree) manages to keep Rumpelstiltskin in line. The hapless miller, Milton Melbourne, (Hunter Johnson) and his lovely daughter, Roxanne (Chelsea Burnette), try to pay their taxes but somehow manage to win King Reginald’s heart (Jake Jones). Despite the bumbling of the two side kicks, to the king, Edgar (Rachel Phipps) and to the miller, Filburt (Sean Grande), King Reginald and Roxanne fall and love and get married. As the narrator (Ashley Frye) describes the action, Rumpelstiltskin is finally thwarted in his attempts to steal Roxanne and Reginald’s baby. And they all live happily ever after.

Adapted from the well-known Brothers Grimm tale by Michele L. Vacca, Classics on Stage of Chicago, Illinois, this version of Rumpelstiltskin is a lively and comic journey through a magical kingdom where straw can be spun into gold and a humble miller’s daughter can become queen. In an inspired twist on the traditional story, the mischievous title character has his fun constantly interrupted by a nagging wife. Fast-paced and funny enough for even the youngest audiences, but still entertaining to older children and adults, this show promises to be a great hit for all ages. For more information, call (423) 968-4977.


Theatre Bristol is a not-for-profit cultural and educational organization whose activities are made possible in part by generous financial support from the National Endowment for the Arts; Tennessee Arts Commission; Rose Center & Council for the Arts; and corporations, foundations and individuals from throughout the region. Theatre Bristol is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization and all contributions are tax-deductible.