The 10 stories range from the well-known “Bremen Town Musicians,” “Venus and the Cat,” and “The Golden Goose,” to the less familiar “Fisherman and His Wife,” “The Three Travelers,” and “The Master Thief.” Each of the stories has a different message and style. Each of the stories also features unique musical accompaniment provided by SBU music program faculty and students, as well as visual effects.
“Story Theatre” incorporates comic bits and physical comedy taken from in-rehearsal improvisations.
Cast members have their favorite stories.
Whitney Downard, a junior journalism and mass communication major, said her favorite story in the show is “The Three Travelers,” a tale of three vaudevillians in a pact with the devil.
“It’s action-packed and fast paced,” said Downard.
“I still laugh at the lines, even after seeing it over and over again. I can’t wait to see how the audience will react to it,” she said.
Lea Battaglia, a senior theater major, finds it hard to choose her favorite from “Story Theatre” because she enjoys them all, but if she had to say Battaglia would choose “The Fisherman and His Wife,” a story about greed and asking too much.
When a fisherman catches an enchanted flounder, the fish grants him and his wife a new home. But the fisherman’s wife wants a bigger home, and then more and more, and ends up facing some unusual consequences.
“The way the script is written encourages actors to have fun with all the stories, which often includes improvisation. Dr. Ed. Simone (‘Story Theatre’ director) set up ‘The Fisherman and His Wife’ in a way that involves the entire cast to move the story along,” said Battaglia.
Simone isn’t surprised the cast has favorites among the stories.
“The actors basically chose the characters they wanted to play early in rehearsals. It was an unusual casting process, but it made for some great energy and really fun choices for the actors,” he said.
Like “The Fisherman and His Wife” and “The Three Travelers,” each of the stories in “Story Theatre” has an underlying message that will encourage theatergoers to reflect on their actions in the real world.
Some of the morals are ambiguous, some startlingly clear. But cast members say that underneath the comedy and physical action of the production, there are themes and lessons in these age-old tales that make it a great evening of theater.
“Story Theatre” performances are slated for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, through Saturday, March 28, in the Rigas Theater of the Quick Center. Tickets are $8 for the public and $6 for seniors, QCA subscribers, students and SBU employees.
Free SBU student rush seating is available one hour before curtain: one ticket per valid student ID in person only. For more information or to reserve tickets, please call the Quick Center Box Office at 716-375-2494.
Parental guidance is suggested.
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