16/06/2024 12:17 AM


Fashion The Revolution

Pickwick Players bring classic fairytales to life

From Sleeping Beauty to the Big Bad Wolf, the Pickwick Players are bringing the treasured collection of fairytales to life with stunning sets and even shadow puppetry.

“The Magical World of the Brothers Grimm” opens Friday in the Davis Theatre I at 2000 W. Wadley and continues through May 2.

The production takes theater-goer on a journey into the woods where he or she will encounter many of the classic and recognizable characters such as Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, and even Hansel and Gretel.

The segue between each tale is done in the form of choreographed movement and lighting, giving the audience a sense of time and travel through space.

Costume designer Crystal Wilkerson-Diaz was excited by the prospect of a show with so many moving parts as well each of the casts’ dedication and willingness to think outside the bubble of traditional shows.

“It’s very rare to see actors have the ability and openness to transform into so many complete characters on stage in such a short amount of time,” Wilkerson-Diaz said. “It is especially rare in actors that are so young.”

The play’s classic stories combined with more modern elements are what drew director Bill Williams to the script. “I still see the value of fairytales and the way we communicate life lessons through storytelling.”

Williams said casting shows during the pandemic has presented its own challenges. Every show has been double cast but Williams said the Pickwick Players have risen to the occasion. “I’ve been really happy to the real growth in each student that has participated in the show.”

 “Fairytales are eternal,” Williams added. “The message is always relevant whether you’re 1 or 100 years old.”  


If you go

“The Magical World of the Brothers Grimm”

When: Friday through Sunday, April 22-May 2

Where: Davis Theatre I, Midland Community Theater, 2000 W. Wadley Ave.

For tickets and showtimes: Visit www.mctmidland.org or call the MCT Box Office at 432-570-4111.