BRONX, NY— Lehman College’s children’s music composer in residence Penny Prince puts a new spin on Rumpelstiltskin, the classic Brothers Grimm tale of a greedy king, a desperate queen and one opportunistic weaver of gold. The show will open in Room 306 of the Music Building on Thursday, May 11, at 6:30 p.m., followed by performances on Friday, May 12, at 12:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 13, at 2:15 p.m. Admission is free, but reservations are required.
In this musical, Rumpelstiltskin is transformed from a malevolent creature to a hero. Once, while he was being bullied, a young girl came to Rumpelstiltskin’s rescue. Years later, it is this very girl who must spin gold for the king. Rumpelstiltskin, who is now the king’s sage, plies his magic to save her. As Ms. Prince, who lectures in the College’s Music Department, explains, “Rumpelstiltskin has experienced a long history of abuse due to his strange appearance.”
As with her previous works, Ms. Prince composed new music for the play and worked with the cast to create fresh dialogue. The cast includes Lehman students, alumni and community residents.
Ms. Prince’s other credits include Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty and Flight to the Mushroom Planet, a play based on Eleanor Cameron’s classic children’s book.
A senior college of the City University of New York, Lehman is located at Goulden Avenue and Bedford Park Boulevard in the northwest Bronx and is accessible by bus as well as the #4 and “D” subway lines. Free attended parking is available. For reservations, call the Music Department at (718) 960-8247.
Contact: Yeara Milton/718-960-8109