RAPUNZEL’S BAD HAIR DAY
by Lou Clark
July 18 - 22
LONG CENTER’S ROLLINS STUDIO THEATRE
Public Ticket Prices for Weekend Performances
$7.50 for children under 12; $8.50 for students 12-18, seniors, & Austin Creative Alliance members; $9.50 for adults . Purchase Saturday tickets via:
Group Rates for School Audiences - Tickets between $3.00 – $5.00
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Rapunzel’s Bad Hair Day is a vibrant and whimsical theatre performance for children, loosely based on the classic fairy tale by the Grimm Brothers. In the play audiences will find a kingdom in the middle of a serious drought. A not-so-bad but not-so-good witch has been protecting Rapunzel in the tower and providing for her in spite of the serious lack of rain and resulting food shortages. The problem is that Rapunzel would really like to see more of the world than the small, safe tower.
Prince Bobby has discovered Rapunzel and the two have formed a great friendship. But Bobby, like the witch, wants to protect Rapunzel from all of the harsh realities of life in a very dry kingdom so he encourages her to stay in the tower rather than rescuing her. But when the witch discovers that Rapunzel has defied her and made a new friend, she forces Rapunzel out into the world to follow her fate. Along the way Rapunzel befriends Sampson, a well-known character with problems with his hair that have reached Biblical proportions. Sampson believes his hair gave him strength. Rapunzel believes that her hair might just be holding her back. But both have dreams that take their imaginations into the stars. See what happens when two very unlikely friends join forces to make their dreams come true.Traveling together, the two find their inner strength and discovery that they have the power to overcome their problems even after a couple of very bad hair cuts.
Judy Matetzschk-Campbell, Ph.D., founder of Pollyanna and production director, says that the tale was one of her favorites as a child. “At the time, I had very long hair and it was fun to identify with the young girl in the story. But like many young girls growing up I soon learned the challenges of trying to fit the social ideal of beauty. And having "good hair" was always a part of that picture.”
Two years ago when award-winning playwright Lou Clark* was working with Pollyanna on her play CINDERELLA AND THE BEANSTALK the two had a long talk about the pressures that especially young girls feel to always "look right" and the seeds were planted for RAPUNZEL'S BAD HAIR DAY.
The cast includes professional actors from Pollyanna Theatre Company; Michelle Keffer as Rapunzel, Toby Minor as Prince Bobby, Aaron Alexander as Sampson, Julie Linnard as the Witch, and Jacob Trussell as the Frog. The production design is created by Ia Enstera and is stage managed by Andrew Perry and directed by Company Founder and Artistic Director, Judy Matetzschk-Campbell, Ph.D.
July 18 @ 11 am
July 19 @ 9:15, 11 am & 1 pm
July 20 @ 9:15, 11 am & 1 pm
July 21 @ 11 am, 2 & 4 pm
July 22 @ 2 pm (followed by a “PAY WHAT YOU LIKE” party in the AT&T Education Room)