Dramaturg’s Dish

Hello! I just wanted to introduce myself to all you CST blog enthusiasts and passers-by. My name is Daena Sisk, and I am a regular here at the theater, both on stage and off. Being an English teacher, the powers-that-be thought it would be a good idea to for me to play dramaturge and give a little back ground about shows- culturally, historically, etc. So, here we go!

Our upcoming show is actually based on a kid’s book by a guy named Bruce Coville. What’s lovely about Mr. Coville is that he is also a teacher (shows he knows a bit about how kids think), and wrote the story with his wife, Kathy (shows he can play well with others). Both of which are qualities that lend themselves well to a play that the whole family can come and enjoy.

Our upcoming show also focuses on fairies; particularly, it deals with a naughty fairy godmother. Fairies have been sprinkling themselves in folklore and literature for hundreds of years. Originally, fairies were pretty dichotomous. In most folkloric traditions, fairies were either radiant beings associated with angels, goodness, and protection, or troll-like creatures associated with demons and malice. Still, they have always been connected to romance and enchantment. The word “fae” or “faire” comes from the Latin meaning “to enchant”, or the French meaning “illusion”.  The modern collection of accepted fairy tales have been compiled over the last 300 years, or so, by various authors who kept the folk stories they liked, and left out the ones they didn’t. For example, “Beauty and the Beast” was plucked from the French and “Pinocchio” was nabbed from the Italians. 

Enchanted? Go nab your own ticket to see World’s Worst Fairy Godmother, opening this weekend. Don’t miss it!