Play brings zesty twist to classic fairy tales May 3 to 6

South Texas College Theatre is ending its 2011-2012 season with “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon.” Led and designed by the STC Drama Department’s Academic Cooperative Class, the students produce the play from the ground up under the advisement of director, Joel Jason Rodriguez, and technical director, Jason Huerta.

“This class encourages the students to apply all they have learned in the classroom and in previous productions with us, and places them in the position of becoming producers, designers, performers and technicians,” said Rodriguez. “In essence, they become their own theatre company.”

The show runs from May 3 to 5, 2012 at 8 p.m., as well as a Sunday matinee on May 6 at 2 p.m. The student-driven production will be held at STC’s Pecan Campus Cooper Center for Communication Arts located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd in McAllen in the Black Box Theater.

Don Zolidis’ “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon” portrays popular fairy tales with a twist.

“This is not the usual and innocent fairy tale story that your grandmother used to read to you as a kid,” explained student director Robert De Hoyos. “The Brothers Grimm were collectors of 209 tales. Zolidis, however, made it all happen by putting the stories in one play with characters including Rapunzel, Cinderella, Snow White, and others blending into one huge story. It’s going to be a lot of fun for patrons to see unfold.”

De Hoyos was selected to direct the final production of the season because of his devotion to his studies in the classroom, on the college stage and gaining added experience in his personal time.

“Our program began not too long ago and this will be the first group of students graduating with an Associate’s Degree in Drama. And what better way to celebrate that accomplishment than by having one of our graduating students direct the Academic Cooperative Production?” added Rodriguez. “Robert has proven himself to be a well disciplined and talented theatre practitioner. All of us in the Drama Program and the Communication Arts Department have total and complete faith in his abilities and what he can accomplish with the production.”

General admission is $5. The Sunday matinee production will be interpreted in American Sign Language by student interns from STC’s Interpreter Training Program. For additional information about the show or for group rates call 956-872-2639 or e-mail jrodriguez@southtexascollege.edu.

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