by Haley Flanders, dramaturg
I am the dramaturg for BYU’s first play of the 2014-2015 season, The Fisherman and His Wife. This TYA show (Theatre for Young Audiences) will travel to elementary schools, entertaining Kindergarten-4th graders throughout the fall semester. But first, starting September 26, the cast will perform this magical story at BYU in Nelke, and we hope to see you all there!
The Fisherman and His Wife is the 19th fairytale written by the Brothers Grimm. It tells the story of a poor fisherman and his wife that live in a small hut by the seashore. One day, the fisherman reels in a magical flounder that can grant wishes. The fisherman’s wife, Isabel, demands that her husband wish for a bigger house. Her wish is granted, one thing leads to another, until…come watch the play and find out!
I have been working on this show since March and it has been fun to see it go from script to stage, incorporating the talents of professional mime and guest director, Nestor Bravo Goldsmith.
Throughout my future postings, I will discuss the show’s history, themes, unique acting style, costume and set design, and will post interviews from the cast as they tour throughout Utah and host workshops with 3rd graders.
In April, I introduced the cast to many published book versions of the story, and I encourage you to do the same! Check them out at your local library! This site has a list of the many popular book versions. Happy Fishing!