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Appalachian Young People’s Theatre presents “Rapunzel” April 13-15

BOONE – The Appalachian Young People’s Theatre, part of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Appalachian State University, will present a whimsical version of the well-known Brothers Grimm fairy tale “Rapunzel” April 13-15 in the I.G. Greer Studio Theatre.

Show times are 7 p.m. on Friday, April 13, and 2 p.m. on April 14 and 15. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door, or by calling the Valborg Theatre Box Office at 262-3063.

Max Bush wrote this theatrical version of the story of a girl whose hair saves the day. The tale begins at the home of Theo and Helga, who wish with all their heart to have a child. After finally being blessed with a daughter, trouble arises with the neighbor, Witch Gothal.

The couple eventually has to give their child to the witch, who names the girl Rapunzel. Imprisoned in a tower, poor Rapunzel passes her lonely days combing her hair. When a handsome prince arrives, attracted by Rapunzel’s singing, the angry witch takes action. Will Rapunzel find happiness with her prince, or will the witch prevail?

Theatre faculty member Teresa Lee directs the production. Kelsey Head is Rapunzel, Jordan Westra is Prince Derek, Cady Childs plays Witch Gothal, Joe Carroll plays Theo and Ballard, Laura Williams is Helga and Allyson Cauble narrates. Costumes and sets were created by student designer Tim Ames. Nicholas Jimenez is tour manager, and Jordan Flemming is stage manager.

“Rapunzel” has been on tour for several weeks as part of AYPT’s commitment to bringing quality theatre experiences to young audiences. The program has been offered as part of the Department of Theatre and Dance curriculum since 1972.