Annual children's production brings Rumpelstiltskin to life

Jones Auditorium - 02/02/18 - 02/12/18

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590


Every year, the theatre program at Texas A&M  University-Kingsville puts on a Children’s Play and school children from across South Texas come to enjoy their selection.  This year, the play will be Rumpelstiltskin. One performance is scheduled for public viewing beginning at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, in Jones Auditorium.

Rumpelstiltskin is a fairy tale that tells the story of a miller and his daughter. In order to appear superior, a miller lies to the king, telling him that his daughter can spin straw into gold. The king shuts the girl in a tower room filled with straw and a spinning wheel, and demands she spin the straw into gold by morning, or she will be punished.

When she has given up all hope, an imp-like creature appears in the room and spins the straw into gold in return for her necklace. This happens three nights in a row with more and more straw. On the third night, the king tells the girl he will marry her if she can spin the straw into gold. She has no more possessions with which to bargain with the creature, so she promises her firstborn child if he will spin the straw into gold one last time.

Rumpelstiltskin is directed by Laurie Guajardo, a senior communications/theater arts major from Bishop. She has appeared in numerous productions while at Texas A&M-Kingsville, including Godspell, Fiddler on the Roof, Bye Bye Birdie, the King and I, Glory of Living and The Nether.

Nickolas Villarreal, a senior marketing major from Somerset, plays the title role of Rumpelstiltskin. He has previously been in Godspell, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo and References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot.

The part of the miller is played by Dylan Martin Mendoza, a senior communications major from Mercedes. He has also been a part of Tortoise and the Hare, Wizard of Oz and You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.

The part of Serena will be played by Alexandria Guerra, a senior communications major from Falfurrias. She has previously appeared in The Nether.

Jackson Lewis, a sophomore communications major/theater minor from Kingsville, will play the King. He has previously been seen in Godspell, The Typists, The Great Cross Country Race, The Pillowman, References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot and Night of Scenes.

The part of Endel is played by Robin Machuca, a junior history major from San Jose, California. She has previously been a part of Pillowman, The Nether, Boeing, Boeing and Glory of Living.

Luis Aguilar, a senior communications major from Rio Grande City, will play the part of Gander. He also is the choreographer for the play. He has previously been in Godspell, The Great Cross Country Race and The Typist.

The Magic Kettle will be played by Etta Georgette Enow, a junior biomedical sciences major from Sugar Land. She has previously been seen in Sleeping Beauty, Bug, Medea, Godspell and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.

Ashley Salinas and Michaelina Gonzales will play Magic Trees. Salinas is a freshman English major/journalism minor from Rio Grande City. She also has been in The Typist. Gonzales is a junior communications major/theater minor from Houston. She has been in The Clean House, Company, References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, Godspell, Glory of Living and The Typist.

Four courtiers are played by Lue Gonzales, Kim Keller, Trissa Alimeke and Katie Spencer. Gonzales is a junior communications major from Bishop. She has been in Wizard of Oz, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Great Cross Country Race, Glory of Living and Godspell. Keller is an alumna from Kingsville. She was previously in Fiddler on the Roof, Godspell and Wizard of Oz. Alimeke is a senior communications major from Houston who has been in Glory of Living and The Typist. Spencer is a senior history major from Corpus Christi.

Payton Howell, a sophomore management major from Katy, is the stage manager. Howell was a part of The Nether and The Typist. Dario Coronado, a sophomore communications major from Mission, is the sound designer. He was sound designer for Godspell and The Typist. The costume designer is Jesse Cadena, a senior fashion merchandising major from Ben Bolt. Cadena has been costume designer for The Typist, The Nether, Great Cross Country Race, Wizard of Oz, Glory of Living and References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot.

For more information, call 361-593-3401.

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