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Title Rapunzel (of the Bayou)
Organization Roseville Theatre Arts Academy
Date(s) of show May 7-21, 2016
Reviewer Letha Dawson

Five-year-olds and older children lined the first and second rows of the Roseville Theatre for the staging of Rapunzel (of the Bayou), written by Michelle Raskey, and performed by the Treehouse Players.  The kids were eager to respond to Rougarou, played by Colton Archey, as he told the history of the bayou and asked them questions, keeping them engaged.  Trees draped with moss, alligators and swampy critters and characters with long beards and Bayou accents set the dense atmosphere of a wet, distant place, very different from Roseville.

Rapunzel with her beautiful blond hair reaching almost to her knees, played by Avery Milner, was charming, sweet, and perfect as a Bayou Rapunzel.  She has a mixture of fearless Bayou bravery and delicate feminine beauty.  Her sister, Gladys, rambunctious, funny, and delightful with bushy eyebrows, high-stepped across the stage and made the children laugh.  Gladys was feisty and acrobatic, played by Courtney Langstrom.  Patty Lewis took on the role of Liz, mother of Rapunzel and Gladys, a hillbilly role, wearing a sun hat with the price tag hanging from the brim.  Troy, played by Bobby Grainger, was convincing in accent and costume, as having lived his life on the Bayou, showing the kids in the front row the little fish he caught, little compared to the big cat fish his daughters displayed proudly over the edge of the stage.  What play would be complete with a handsome young man in a city suit entering the swamp.  Peter Charming, played by Jake Romero, and sent by the government, was a census worker.  The sisters, Rapunzel and Gladys, had not seen anything so pretty since their catfish.  But love never runs smoothly along the swampy river.  Letiche, played by Billy Jessip, slithered along in his shimmering green reptile costume, to make life interesting for the Rapunzel and Peter Charming. 

In the lobby after the show, one little girl, age seven, when asked if she liked the play, shook her head up and down and smiled shyly. “Yes,” was all she said before looking up at her mother.  The next theatre-goer, a five-year-old, took his candy from his mouth to shout, “Yes, I liked the alligator.”

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