• 2019-2020 Season,  Rump

    How the Years Change the Story

    by Samantha Baird, Dramaturg Fairy tales, as we know them today, are much like the children’s game of “telephone.” Over the years of being told orally, stories naturally will change and adapt to match the environment in which they are being told. However, something that is even more intriguing is when stories are intentionally changed to emphasize different elements. Below is a comparison of three retellings/adaptations of the classic tale Rumpelstiltskin. Title Rumpelstiltskin Rump Rump: The Musical Who Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm (The Brothers Grimm) Liesl Shurtliff Timothy Threlfall What When a young woman is taken by the king after her father promises that she can spin straw into gold,…

  • 2019-2020 Season,  Rump,  Uncategorized

    Telling This Story in a Whole “New” Way

    by Samantha Baird, Dramaturg Before stories were written down they were told in an oral tradition through song, dance, and performance, and that  is exactly what we are going back to with this year’s music/dance/theatre workshop production of Rump. Rump: The Musical is an adaptation of Liesl Shurtliff’s bestselling novel Rump. The script for this production was written by MDT’s own Tim Threlfall, who is also the director for the workshop. However, the music for the show is completely devised by the cast of 10 and music director Randy Boothe. So how do you tell a story on stage that hasn’t entirely been written yet? During the first week of…

  • 2019-2020 Season,  Rump

    Phase Two: The Workshop

    by Samantha Baird, Dramaturg Before a show can be fully produced there are a couple more steps to production that a playwright may want to take. These steps allow the playwright to see their work performed in different stages so that they can make any desired changes before having a fully mounted show produced. The three most basic steps are a public reading, a workshop production, and a fully mounted show. Rump: The Musical, is in its workshop stage for this production. A concert reading is when the cast of the show simply reads from the script on stage adding vocal acting and intonations, but not moving around the stage.…

  • 2019-2020 Season,  Rump

    Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something…Retold?

    by Samantha Baird, Dramaturg For centuries before the written record, people told stories, and retold them, and retold them again. While the moral of the story or general themes often stayed the same, there were bits and pieces lost or changed through history to fit the time period or the culture in which the story was being told. However, after the invention of the printing press, it became easier to write these stories down and publish them for a wider audience to enjoy and experience the same version of the story. But even with publication, there were different translations. Since that time, storytelling has neither ceased nor slowed down. What…

  • 2019-2020 Season,  Rump

    “That is Not My Name!” Adaptations and Appearances of Rumpelstiltskin

    by Samantha Baird, Dramaturg The funny thing about adaptations is that the author, playwright, screenwriter, poet, etc has a lot of freedom with how they choose to change the story for their adaptation. While it can also act as a retelling, an adaptation is a little different. Retellings are done in the same format with changes to the story, for example, Rumpelstiltskin by The Brothers Grimm and Rump by Liesl Shurtliff. Adaptations are created through a different medium and can be the same story or can also be a retelling at the same time, for example, Rump by Liesl Shurtliff and Rump: The Musical by Timothy Threlfall. Here are a…

  • 2019-2020 Season,  Rump

    A Morning with Liesl Shurtliff, Author of Rump

    by Samantha Baird, dramaturg Every so often, members of the production team on BYU main stage shows have the opportunity to work closely with personnel who were involved in either the creation of the story or part of a previous production. This year’s MDT workshop production of Rump: The Musical is no different. As dramaturg and associate director on the project I had the opportunity to sit down with Liesl Shurtliff, the author of the young adult novel, Rump and ask her a few questions. The interview transcript below has been edited for clarity and length. Samantha Baird, Dramaturg: How did you transition from the performing arts into writing? I…