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Let down Your Hair and See Rapunzel at the Engeman Theater in Northport

Two teenagers trying to find their way; Josh Rothberg and Christaina Corsaro as Prince Brian and Rapunzel.

Next weekend your kids are going to be once again looking for some entertainment. So you gotta ask yourself what’s it gonna be… down to the local movie theater where you have a choice among Justin Bieber, Never Say Never in 3D (the inspiring story of a SIXTEEN year old who rose to stardom because he never gave up for all of those years), Gnomeo & Juliet (also in 3D), the animated love story of two garden gnomes OR live theater with multi-dimensional characters? The kids and I chose live theater and went to Rapunzel, a Tangled Fairy Tale at the John Engeman Theater this weekend and were pret-ty happy that we did.

The theater was packed with parents and lots of kids early Sunday morning, all happily engaged in the show. The story is based on the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale with some modern touches. And lots of jokes. Although it is fully a children’s show, the actors and script help to ease the pain for the Disney and Raffi afflicted adults with a lot of goofiness and a little Monty-Pythonish humor. All of the actors are recognizable from previous Engeman shows and clearly enjoy working together at this great venue. The beautiful Christina Corsaro plays Rapunzel with a pleasant spunkiness and pretty voice. Josh Rothberg as Prince Brian is a lovable loser, my eleven year old commented that he was kind of “cheesy” but that’s what you get when you are watching a prince in a children’s show. Jennifer Collester-Tully is a perfect witch. She’s nasty but shows a soft heart, has a nice voice and is not too scary for the kids. The favorite of all of the kids with me was Adam Mosebach who played 7 different characters all with well-placed comic timing.

Jennifer Collester-Tully’s as the Witch and Adam Mosebach as the Storyteller

The story begins traditionally with the witch stealing the baby Rapunzel and putting her in a tower where her hair grows and climbing it is the only way to get up to see her. The witch has promised that she can come out of the castle at 16 but then changes her mind. This maternal evolution in the witch struck this parent as perfectly understandable; she is afraid for her vulnerable daughter out in the world. The play is full of slapstick and silly jokes but it also has a few very simple messages about being brave and accepting challenges as we grow and witness the inevitable changes in each other and ourselves. The older kids probably absorbed a little of the moral but for the most part it was all about having fun. The actors took down the fourth wall and came out into the audience to interact quit a bit and the kids were loving that aspect of the show almost as much as the Swedish fish and soda at intermission.

Rapunzel is every Saturday and Sunday until March 27th. You can buy at the box office but I recommend that you buy online to ensure a seat. At only $15 a seat it is really a no brainer for kids 11 and under, especially the girls.

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2 comments to Let down Your Hair and See Rapunzel at the Engeman Theater in Northport

  • […] Rapunzel is an adaptation of the Brothers Grimm Fairytale with twists and some contemporary touches.  This tangled cast of 4 talented actors performs all 12 roles in the play.  This musical retelling of a fairytale favorite gives the story of a possessive mother who happens to be a witch, a timid young man who happens to be a prince and a determined but immature young girl with the longest hair you’ve ever seen. At the Engeman Theater at 250 Main Street, Northport 11:00am […]

  • […] Rapunzel is an adaptation of the Brothers Grimm Fairytale with twists and some contemporary touches.  This tangled cast of 4 talented actors performs all 12 roles in the play.  This musical retelling of a fairytale favorite gives the story of a possessive mother who happens to be a witch, a timid young man who happens to be a prince and a determined but immature young girl with the longest hair you’ve ever seen. At the Engeman Theater at 250 Main Street, Northport 11:00am. Box Office  631 261-2900. […]

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