Brookings Harbor Community Theater presents the youth productions of “The Reluctant Dragon” and “Rumplestiltskin” for two weekends opening Friday, Oct. 14.
The “Reluctant Dragon” begins on a hillside overlooking a village where picnicking children discover a cave. To their surprise, Hortense the Dragon, played by Shawntisha Bailey, steps out to greet them. Edward, played by Daniel Pearson, along with his sister Selina, played by Destiny Lavelle, approach the creature, which proves to be a gentle sort. The villagers, however, see Hortense as a menace, so they call for St. George, played by Connor Chapman.
The town’s children are played by Miki Dingle, Alia Graves, Nikki Campbell, Gillian Castleberry, Ella Campbell, Megan Pearson, Autumn Oka, Atheana Tilley and Camden Goetze.
The second feature, “Rumplestiltskin,” tells of the story of a miller, played by Connor Chapman, who was poor and boastful. He has a daughter named Giselle, played by Miki Dingle. The miller encounters Royal Aunt Cockatoo, played by Destiny Lavelle, and tells a great lie. He says he has a daughter who could turn straw into gold. Royal Aunt Cockatoo then places Giselle in a tower and demands that she do as her father boasts.
Rumplestiltskin, played by Everett Van Maren, whose only friend is his shadow, played by Alia Graves, comes forward and offers to spin the straw into gold for the promise that Giselle would give her first-born child to him after she became queen.
A year later, the King and Giselle have a baby son and Rumplestiltskin returns to claim his reward. Rumplestiltskin agrees to give up his claim to the child if the queen guesses his name in two days. Happily, a greenish-blue bird, also played by Alia Graves, helps Giselle and King Crispin in their quest to discover the little man’s name.
King Crispin’s sisters, played by Megan Pearson, Nikki Campbell, Atheana Tilley, Ella Campbell, Gillian Castleberry and Autumn Oka, help with the story while playing games in the Royal Gardens.
Will St. George battle the dragon? Will the boy be able to convince St. George that this is a good dragon, and allow the dragon to stay on in the village writing poetry? Will Giselle save her son? Will she discover the little man’s name? Answers to these questions are revealed as young and old alike come forward to attend the shows, said Director Dori Blodgett.
“The Reluctant Dragon” and “Rumplestiltskin” run about 35 minutes each and are appropriate for young children.
“Youth productions are a very important part of Brookings-Harbor Community Theater and as a special treat, cast member Shawntisha Bailey will perform the song, ‘Hero,’ during intermission,” Blodgett said.
Blodgett's crew includes Lights and Sound Technician Hailey Rogers and Stage Manager Nathan Dodgen. Sets are decorated by Lynette McPherson and the photographer is Jeff Holmes.
The double feature will take the stage at 7 p.m. Fridays, Oct. 14 and 21, and 2 p.m. Saturdays Oct. 15 and 22, at the Harbor Performing Arts Center in the Brookings-Harbor Shopping Center. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for youths younger than 18. Ticket outlets are Wright’s Custom Framing and Art Supplies, and Pacific Rim Copy Center in Brookings, and New Wave Video in Harbor. Reservations may be made by calling 541-469-4700.