MLC Children’s Theater Presents ‘Rumpelstiltskin is My Name’

NEW ULM – This week the Martin Luther College Forum Children’s Theater will present “Rumpelstiltskin is My Name.”

The play is an adaptation of the classic Grimm fairy tale in which a mysterious stranger, played by Daniel Roemhidt, spins straw into gold at a high price. However, those familiar with the story might be surprised by this production.

The play starts with a family of millers desperate to find a job at the castle for their eldest daughter Missy (Madeline McMullen). In the first departure from the traditional story, Missy is given a younger sister (Joy Reeder) who seems more capable than her family cares to admit. The title character, Rumpelstiltskin, has also been changed. The mischievous Rumpelstiltskin is not as sinister as he is in the source material.

“Our Rumpelstiltskin is more quirky,” said Director Megan Wohlrabe. “Really he is just a lonely guy who wants a friend.”

This production marks Wohlrabe’s first time directing, but it is the eighth production she has worked on at MLC. A senior, this will be her last production, but she is excited to go out on a high note. “The children’s show is my favorite of the year,” she said.

Wohlrabe is not alone in this sentiment. The Children’s Theater productions are popular events. This year nearly 5,000 are expected to attend the performances. Part of the show’s appeal is its adaptation for a 21st century audience. This production of Rumpelstiltskin ramps up the comedy, inserting modern references in a story hundreds of years old. It will feature a far happier ending than original Grimm ending.

No children’s play would be complete without a dance number featuring of medley of pop songs. It’s not unusual for the young audience members to starting dancing, Wohlrabe said.

Performances are scheduled for May 1 and May 2. Public performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Friday May 2 and Saturday, May 3.

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