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Spotlight Youth Theater stages ‘Grimm Fairy Tales’

BATAVIA – Spotlight Youth Theater of Kane County will present an original production of “Grimm Fairy Tales” at 7 p.m. Friday, May 16; 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday, May 17; and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre, 1201 Main St., Batavia.

In “Grimm Fairy Tales,” Rumpelstiltskin steals the Grimm Brothers’ pen, scroll and inkwell; the fairy godmother loses her wand; Snow White doesn’t want to take care of the dwarves; and a the Big Bad Wolf claims he’s “reformed.” The story also includes princesses, princes, evil stepsisters, Hansel and Gretel, witches and more.

The cast includes 94 actors ages 8 to 18 years old. Yenashi Castillo of Elgin plays the character of Red. About the show, Castillo said in a news release that it’s “extremely entertaining and hilarious for an audience of any age.”

Elgin resident Ben Olson, who is directing the show, said in the release “Grimm Fairy Tales” is different from other Spotlight productions, such as “Les Misérables,” “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Guys and Dolls,” in that Grimm was specifically written for Spotlight Youth Theater.

“There are roles for boys and girls ages 8 to 18, not just for a small number of older kids like Broadway-esque shows tend to be,” Olson said in the release. “It also has several wonderful messages, is really humorous and has really fun and memorable music.”

In the release, Olson described his cast as fast learners who are committed, super creative and very encouraging.

“As much as we are teaching and guiding them, we learn things from them as well,” he said in the release. “They are definitely special.”

Other members of the directing team are assistant director Alex Molica, vocal director Amy Arbizzani, choreographers Anna Greeno and Lauren Stengel, intern Kevin Stoffel and Kane County-area coordinator Kerry Krause.

Show tickets purchased in advance are $12 for adults; $10 for children and seniors; and $9 for groups of 15 or more. Add $2 at the door. More info is available at or by calling 847-516-2298.

Spotlight Youth Theater is a nonprofit educational organization funded through tuition, ticket sales and contributions. Kids ages 5 to 18 meet after school for fall, winter and spring theater arts classes in various parts of Illinois.

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