Spotlight Youth Theater Presents Grimm Fairy Tales
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What happens when Rumpelstiltskin steals the Grimm Brothers' pen, scroll and inkwell? The fairy godmother loses her magic, Snow White doesn't want to take care of the seven dwarves (oops...make that eight) and a jazzy cool Big Bad Wolf claims he's "reformed." Add princesses, princes, evil stepsisters, Hansel and Gretel, witches, and a cast of good and evil characters to the mix and you have Spotlight Youth Theater's original production of Grimm Fairy Tales. The cast of 94 kids (ages 8 -18) performs shows Friday, May 16th at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, May 17th at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.; and Sunday, May 18th at 3:00 p.m. School day performances are Thursday, May 15th at 9:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.; and Friday, May 16th at 10:00 a.m. All shows are performed at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre, 1201 Main Street, Batavia. Entrance is on Wilson. The character of Red, played by 14 year-old Yenashi Castillo of Elgin, doesn't find herself on a path to Grandmother's house. Instead, she arrives in a land called Happily Ever After where everything gets mixed up. "The show itself is extremely entertaining and hilarious for an audience of any age," said Castillo, who played Amelia in SYT's A Little Princess and the White Stag in Narnia. "There are hilarious, unique twists in it that bring so much life and personality to the show." Joshua Dille, 18, of Bartlett (notable roles include Aslan in Narnia, Rolf in The Sound of Music and Tin Man in Wizard of Oz) has been cast as Prince Charming whose character, he said, "is a cross between Gaston from Beauty and the Beast and Kronk from The Emperor's New Groove." "Prince Charming is self-absorbed and incompetent, but he is extremely dramatic and high- energy," he said. "Astride his ‘Gallant Steed,' he strives to defeat the forces of evil and earn the favor of his princess." Elgin resident Ben Olson who is directing the show said Grimm Fairy Tales is different from other Spotlight productions such as Les Miserables, Fiddler on the Roof and Guys and Dolls in that Grimm was specifically written for Spotlight Youth Theater. "There are roles for boys and girls ages 8-18, not just for a small number of older kids like Broadway-esque shows tend to be," Olson said. "It also has several wonderful messages, is really humorous, and has really fun and memorable music." He described his cast as fast learners who are committed, super creative, and very encouraging. "As much as we are teaching and guiding them, we learn things from them as well," he said. "They are definitely special." Other members of the directing team are assistant director Alex Molica, vocal director Amy Arbizzani, choreographers Anna Greeno and Lauren Stengel, intern Kevin Stoffel and Kane County area coordinator Kerry Krause. Show tickets purchased in advance are $12 for adults; $10 for children and seniors; and $9 for groups of 15 or more. Tickets cost $2 more at the door. More info at or call 847-516-2298.