Anna Maria College’s Music and Drama Club (MaD-C) are presenting their latest theater production, The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon, opening on April 12. 

The comedic play will take audiences through a collection of some of the Grimm Brothers, well known, and some not so well-known, fairytales while keeping the original dark endings. Favorites such as Rapunzel, Red Riding Hood, and Cinderella will be presented in a whole new way. Each student actor will play multiple roles adding to the comedy and fun of the routine. 

Dr. Robert Pijewski “Dr. P”, Assistant Professor of Biology and Mathematics, has served as the club’s Advisor for the past two years. As a drama and music lover himself, Rob is happy to help students discover their own passion for theater. 

“It’s different, it’s fun, and it’s engaging,” Rob said about the production, “I honestly think it makes them better students, because they have to be really good at time management since they are completing their courses while memorizing lines and attending rehearsals”. 

The play is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the students who have been devoted to rehearsing and practicing their performances since the beginning of the semester. Honors students are even assisting by painting and designing the whimsical fairytale backdrops for the play.   

“When you think about liberal arts education, it’s not just about what you’re learning in the classroom. It’s using the other side of your brain, creative thinking, and acting,” Rob said, “I think you play different roles in your life. You’re not always the same character. In some circles, you’re the main character in other circles, you might be a supporting character. Sometimes, you might even be the villain. I think understanding your roles in life, and thinking creatively about things and solving problems is really important for students to learn.” 

This semester, students have decided to create a donation model for ticket sales. Instead of paying a flat ticket fee, those interested in attending the play are encouraged to give a monetary or food donation which will be given to The Mustard Seed in Worcester.  

“It is a great way that we can give back to the community,” Rob said, “I hope that many people attend to support our students and that we are overflowing with donations for the food pantry!” 

Come support The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon while supporting a wonderful local charity!  

Performances will be held at the Zecco Auditorium on April 12 at 7pm, April 13 at 7pm, and April 14 at 2pm.