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Youth Participants in Noorda Theater Summer Camp to Perform the Grimm Family’s ‘Real’ Story

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June 13, 2013

For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert

Written by: John Newman, (801) 863-5079

The Noorda Theatre Summer Camp at Utah Valley University will present a new play for young actors, “Gathering Grimm,” June 26-27 at 7 p.m. and June 28 at 2 p.m. in the Noorda Theatre on the northeast corner of the Gunther Technology Building on UVU’s Orem campus. The cast and crew are composed of local children and teens that participated in this month’s summer theater camp at UVU. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the door or in advance at uvu.edu/arts.

In the play, Lottie Grimm, the younger sister of the Brothers Grimm, has hidden the manuscripts of her brothers’ folktale collection until Jakob Grimm publicly acknowledges their origin. Rather than being told by old peasants, most of the early tales were told to the brothers by middle-class schoolgirls. The play includes dramatizations of seven of the tales of Grimm. The frame story tells the true tale of the unrecognized young women who shared their stories with the world, as well as Lottie Grimm, who brought them all together.

The play is written and directed by John Newman, a UVU assistant professor of theatrical arts and director of the School of the Arts’ Noorda Regional Theatre Center for Children & Youths.

“The play offers great roles for 17 young women and six young men,” Newman said. “Each of the characters in the play is based on historical individuals who participated in the gathering of the stories collected and attributed to the Brothers Grimm.”

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