Actors at William Woods to present cheeky look at fairy tales

69b40464-5c60-457f-9c02-d646f6fb6180William Woods University will present an absurd and slightly irreverent look at fairy tales with the production of “Mother Goose is Eaten by Werewolves” Oct. 20-22. The one-hour play, which has been called “hilariously entertaining,” is suitable for all ages and will be presented each evening at 7:30 in Dulany Auditorium. Admission is $3 at the door; cash only. 

“It’s a guaranteed good time for ALL AGES, so bring a kid and the young at heart,” Melissa Alpers-Springer, assistant professor of communications, said. She said the students produced Sandy Asher’s play “The Insulting Princess” two years ago “and got hooked on doing children’s theatre.”

da4819899064552714af1cc3259500f2Mother Goose is no fool. As soon as she discovers real werewolves are in this production, she makes a break for it and it looks like the show is over before it’s even begun. See what happens when a fairy godmother, a witch, a prince, and a wolf save the play by telling their own versions of “Sleeping Beauty.”

The play is a production of Jesters, a student theatre organization at William Woods.

“The Jesters productions are entirely student run, from onstage to back stage to front of house,” Alpers-Springer said. “Students choose the plays, direct and act in them, and design costumes, lights, properties and sets.”

She added, “Students at William Woods have the opportunity to work in all facets of theatre, and when they graduate, they have the knowledge and skills to produce a play from script selection to final curtain.”

“Mother Goose is Eaten by Werewolves” was written by Steph DeFerie and was published by Playscripts, Inc., in 2006. The student director is Jessica Fleeman of St. Peters, Missouri, and the stage manager is Chandler M. Bramstedt of Columbia, Missouri.

Cast members from Missouri are Kelley Barr of Ballwin, Jeremy Bandicoot Bené of House Springs, Olivia Davidson of Liberty, Sage Gosset of Atlanta, Stephanie Hanley of Wellsville, Caitlyn Ney of St. Charles, Elisa Parker of Liberty, Taylor Polland of Kansas City and Justin Queen of Auxvasse. Out-of-state students in the cast are Howard Anthony of Little Rock, Arkansas; Elizabeth Gibson of Lenexa, Kansas; and Bene Waggoner of McKinney, Texas.

In November, Jesters will announce its next production, which is scheduled for March 16-18.