Music Department to Present New Production of ‘Rumpelstiltskin ‘13’

May 3, 2013 4:39 pm Music Dept, School of Arts and Humanities, Students

The cast of 'Rumpelstiltskin '13' recording music for their upcoming production.

The Music Department will present its new spring musical production of Rumpelstiltskin ’13 on Thursday, May 9, at 7 p.m.; Friday, May 10, at 1 p.m.; and Saturday, May 11, at 2 p.m. in Room 306 of the Music Building. Directed by Professor Penny Prince, the production features original music by Professor Prince and a script collaboratively written by the cast. Performances are free, but reservations are recommended. For tickets, call 718-960-8247 or 718-960-7796.

Rumpelstiltskin ’13 is a spin on the old Brother’s Grimm classic of an imp-like creature, who has the power to spin straw into gold. In the original story, Rumpelstiltskin plays the part of good and evil—in the beginning he helps a young girl win her freedom from a greedy king, but then later on insists the young girl give up her first-born to repay a debt owed.

In this new telling, Rumpelstiltskin is portrayed as a misunderstood victim of bullying and the king is appropriately cast as a greedy bully who enslaves Rumpelstiltskin’s childhood protector, Soleil.

Professor Prince is an award-winning composer whose previous musical productions include Sleeping Beauty, Dither Farm, and When I Get Where I’m Going. In her work, she often takes classic children’s stories and refreshes them with contemporary issues for children and adults.

Professor Prince says, “In writing this play, we found so many themes that resonated deeply within us: the need to be acknowledged and heard, the need for fairness and love. We were fascinated by the question of how Rumpelstiltskin arrived at the palace and how his relationship with Soleil would evolve.”