By Mike Kenny
Directed by Billie McBrideDCT-illus-004

Recommended for Grades PreK-6

Performances for the Public: Sundays, 1 p.m. (March 9–April 27; no performance on  April 20)
Tickets: $9/child, student, senior; $10/adult

Performances for School Groups, 10 a.m.
March 5—May 2, 2014 (Scroll down for specific dates)
Cost: $8/student; Two adults/group free
Call (303) 316-6360 to schedule your group!
(ask about discounts for Title I schools)


The world famous Grimm’s fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin centers around an overprotective Miller who refuses to let his young daughter help with any work. Despite her rare beauty, she is helpless when it comes to the mundane chores of everyday life. In an attempt to defend his daughter’s uselessness, the Miller makes the mistake of falsely proclaiming that his daughter can spin straw into gold. Meanwhile, the Kingdom is in a predicament when the King suddenly dies leaving the young prince to inherit the throne. As the years progress, the wealth of the kingdom is squandered, and the young prince-turned-king finds himself at odds with his subjects. All that remains in the treasure rooms of the palace are piles upon piles of straw. The King, in dire need of wealth, seeks the assistance of the Miller’s daughter as he believes her to be capable of turning his piles of straw into gold. The story concludes with the characters facing life-altering decisions, broken promises, and an array of mysterious events. Themes include the power of friendship, the destructive nature of vanity and greed, and the value of forgiveness.

Rumpelstiltskin offers ample opportunities to integrate theatre arts into an investigation of positive social skills. A curriculum guide, distributed to all participating teachers, is keyed to the Colorado Academic Standards.

chair-228x300Standards addressed by Rumplestiltskin:

Reading, Writing and Communicating: 1, Oral Expression & Listening
Social Studies: 3, Economics; 4, Civics
Dance: 4, Reflect, Connect & Respond
Music: 4, Aesthetic Valuation of Music
Drama & Theatre Arts: 3, Critically Respond; (Encore Groups also 2, Perform)

Encore! Program

Cost: $10/student; two adults/group free; $8 each additional adult; price includes performance
(ask about discounts for Title I schools)

Optional Encore! workshops follow the performance. Working in small groups with professional arts educators (often actors from the production), children engage in specially designed theatre activities that help them “take ownership” of the concepts behind the play.



Discussion with cast following performance

Theatre workshop based on the play’s themes

Technical backstage tour & demonstration


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