New Ulm Cathedral presents . . .Fairy Tale Courtroom
NEW ULM — New Ulm Cathedral will present “Fairy Tale Courtroom,” which was written by Dana Proulx.
The play is under the direction of Michael and Christina Koester. Michael is from South Bend, Indiana and graduated from MLC. Christina is a New Ulm Cathedral graduate and the two met while Michael was a student at MLC.
Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. both Friday, Nov. 9 and Saturday, Nov. 10 and also a 2 p.m. performance on Sunday, Nov. 11. All performances are at the Holy Trinity Auditorium at 515 N. State Street in New Ulm. Ticket prices are $7 for adults and $5 for students grade K-12.
The plot centers around two court cases, where two fairy tale characters, the Wicked Witch and the Big Bad Wolf, are put on trial for the crimes that they’ve committed in past fairy tale stories. The audience can expect to be involved in a big way in the direction that the plot goes.
There are 28 students taking part in the production, including actors and actresses, lighting, and stage crew.
The Koesters wanted to do something that was simple for the students.
“As this was our first time directing a performance at NUACS and our first time getting involved in high school drama since we were both in high school, we wanted to start with something simple,” Christina Koester said. “As it turns out, this play worked well because every character is put on the witness stand so all of the actors on stage have their moment to shine. It has also been fun to see each of the actors involved get to portray a different, well-known fairy tale character and make that character their own.”
There are several key characters for the audience to focus on, which makes it more fun for those in attendance.
“The audience will definitely want to pay attention to the Wicked Witch, alias Evil Queen, and the Big Bad Wolf, as these are the characters that the jury gets to decide are innocent or guilty,” Christina Koester said. “The interactions of the Witch and the Wolf with others characters on stage such as Little Red Riding Hood and Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz will be interesting to note. In each act we also have an attorney defending or prosecuting the Witch and the Wolf, as well as an absent minded judge to add some comic relief.”
While the Koesters have plenty of experience in college and community theater, this one at Cathedral was a first for them.
“This was our first time directing a high school production, as all of our past experience has been in college and community theater,” Christina Koester said. “The most enjoyable part for me has been to come back to the stage where I did high school theater and get to see costumes and props that I recognize from high school productions that I was in myself.
In every production we’ve been a part of, it always seems like a scramble to get everything finished: costumes, set, lines memorized, etc. And then somehow at the end, it always does come together into a fantastic production. As we learn the ins and outs of this stage and the various student activity schedules that we are working around for rehearsals, it has been great to work with the students, staff, parents, and volunteers at NUACS who come together to make it all work. It is a great community to be a part of.”
Fairy Tale Courtroom
If you go:
7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9
7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10
2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11
Holy Trinity Auditorium, 515 N. State Street
$7 for adults
$ for students grades K-12
“Fairy Tale Courtroom” Cast list
Bailiff: Brendon DeVries
D.A.: Grace Gleisner
Judge: Jared Gleisner
Wolf: Noah Thompson
Pig No. 1: Kate Boston
Pig No. 2: Thomas Finstad
Pig No. 3: Landon Klawitter
Little Red: Sarah Mohr
Granny: Julie Longworth
Girl Who Cried Wolf: Gabby Rohlik
Badger: Elizabeth Griebel
Short Order Chef: Isabel Rieser
Defense Attorney: Sam Schotzko
Scarecrow: Owen Pyan
Flying Monkey: Landon Klawitter
Dorothy: Lindsay Hose
Witch: Bridget Grathwohl
Hansel: Augie Fliszar
Gretel: Clare Fischer
Sleeping Beauty: Taylor Otis
Snow White: Emma Henle
Prince: Tony Geiger
Dwarves: Helen Fischer, Isabel Rieser, & Kaitlyn Furth
Magic Mirror: Julie Longworth
Lighting: Laura Schmitt
Stage Crew: Nate Fliszar, Luke Gieseke, William Boston, & Jacob DeVries
Directors: Michael & Christina Koester
Costumes: Margaret Blomberg
Set Construction: Matt Sobania
Make-up: Tammy Klawitter