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Little Theatre staging rollicking Brothers Grimm tales at four outdoor shows

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WATERTOWN — It was a grim weekend development for Little Theatre of Watertown relating to its upcoming, freewheeling production of Brothers Grimm tales, but the shows will go on as scheduled.

“We can still do the show, but it was like, ‘You’ve got to be freakin’ kidding me,’” said Amanda Morrison, director of “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon,” after discovering the theater troupe was a crime victim.

“The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon” by Don Zolidis, will be staged at 6 tonight, 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the pavilion at Blackwater Campgrounds, 1605 Huntington St.

Little Theatre of Watertown was storing its costumes and stage props for the show at a cabin at the campground. On Sunday, Watertown City Police charged a homeless man with two felonies, accusing him of breaking into the cabin and damaging the troupe’s property — costumes and props. The campground is owned by Thomas W. O’Riley.

On Monday morning, Ms. Morrison was scrambling to find new costumes for the Grimm “Spectaculathon,” which turns tales from the Brothers Grimm on their heads in a fast-paced, rollicking show, where two narrators and several actors attempt to combine all 209 Grimm stories ranging from classics like “Snow White,” “Cinderella,” “Hansel and Gretel” to more bizarre, obscure stories like “The Devil’s Grandmother” and “The Girl Without Hands.”

“I’m scrounging around Indian River and other theater companies to replace some of the stuff we had to throw out that we couldn’t get fast enough to replace,” Ms. Morrison, K-5 visual art and extracurricular teacher at Indian River Central School District, said.

She’s confident that Little Theatre will be ready for opening night.

“The cast is having a lot of fun, and we want the audience to come and share that fun,” she said.

Audience members should bring a lawn chair or a blanket, along with a picnic meal if desired. However, BK’s Smokehouse & Catering will have a food truck on site for people to purchase dinners. A portion of food sales will be donated to Little Theatre.

The show is two acts, with an intermission.

“It’s people playing multiple parts, quickly switching in and out, and the script is also hilarious,” Ms. Morrison said. “It’s just going to be a fun day, and we’re just excited to bring theater back in a larger scale.”

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