A high-energy play, with a lot going on simultaneously, will have audiences giggling and scratching their heads, asking “is that the way the story goes?” Yosemite High School will present Grimms 2.0, 7 p.m., Jan 21-22 in the school’s theater. Directed by YHS Theater Arts teacher Lars Thorson, this is a presentation of work from the Theater Arts 2 class.
“The play is a comedy that takes some of the stories from the brothers Grimm and puts a 21st century spin on them,” Thorson said. “It tackles some well-known stories, like Rapunzel and Cinderella, but also some of the more obscure ones, too.”
Each night there will be 12-15 performers playing more than 40 different parts.
“The characters are distinct, with big personalities so it’s easy to remember the lines,” Isabel McGoldrick explained. “Some of the lines are even a little cheesy.”
Take, for example, the “cheesiness” of the Princess and the Frog scene, where the princess says, “This is for you, daddy” (before kissing the frog to turn him into a prince); the frog’s response, “Who’s your daddy?”
Along with multiple parts, other challenges facing the young performers are that more than half the cast has never been in any kind of play before, so this has proven to be a huge learning experience. Add to that inexperience the fact that many cast members play winter sports, so “... it will be an adventure each night as those performing both nights will try to coalesce with a radically different cast,” Thorson said.
“This is definitely a challenge,” YHS sophomore Lauren Wharton, who performs both nights, added. “I don’t always remember who is in which cast until they come onstage. It’s been a little stressful, but a really fun experience.”
“We try to tell the stories in a way that engages the teenage audience,” Thorson said. “There are references to cell phones, Instagram, and other modern anachronisms that contrast comically with these very old tales.”
Tickets are $5 for everyone. Proceeds help fund the school’s spring show, High School Musical.
Details: (559) 683-4667.