Arts & Entertainment

Classic fairy tale comes to life on Richland stage

RICHLAND -- The Academy of Children's Theatre's Storybook Players will rustle up a fun fairy tale play for kids this Christmas.

The Frog Prince opens Nov. 27 at the ACT studio at 213 Wellsian Way in Richland.

The play is the first story in the Grimm brothers' extensive collection of fairytales.

It follows a spoiled princess who relunctantly befriends a frog and winds up tossing the slimy reptile against a wall in disgust. That tossing of the frog, however, brought about a magical transformation and the reptile turns into a dashing prince.

Of course, that's the original version of the story. The tale was later embellished that the princess actually kissed the frog and then it turned into the handsome guy.

And that's the angle the Storybook Players will focus upon. The Players is a newly formed group of actors whose purpose is to bring classic fairy tales to the stage and include audience participation.

Kaylinn Turpin, a Columbia Basin College student, will take on the role of the pampered princess. Crystal Deines, a former ACT student who now teaches theater, is the wicked witch, and her husband Joey Deines portrays the prince.

Janice McIntyre and Sandra Wilson will share narration for the show, and Jessi Nokes and Tina Wutzke will play a variety of roles.

Southridge High drama teacher Josh Darby wrote the script for the fairy tale's stage version.

Performances continue Nov. 28 and Dec. 4-5 at the ACT studio at 213 Wellsian Way in Richland. Curtain time is 6:30 p.m. for all shows.

Admission is $5 at the door.