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Lycoming College student to direct production of “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon!”

Lycoming College student to direct production of “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon!”

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The Lycoming College theatre department continues its 2022-23 theatre season with “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon,” a fast-paced rendition of the classic and unusual fairy tales. The comedy will be directed by student Kirsten Houseman ’23, psychology and directing double major, and will take place at the Mary L. Welch Theatre, Nov. 16-19 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available to purchase by calling the box office at 570-321-4048, or online at

The play will include two narrators and several actors as they attempt to combine all 209 of the Brothers Grimm stories. Ranging from classic fairy tales, such as “Snow White,” “Cinderella,” and “Hansel and Gretel,” to more obscure stories like “The Devil’s Grandmother” and “The Girl Without Hands,” the production is sure to have a story for everyone and will keep the audience laughing.

“What I enjoy most about directing is being able to experiment and see what I can do to bring a script to life,” said Houseman. “It’s such an amazing feeling to see something you put so much time into become a reality on the stage.”

Houseman is directing “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon” as a part of her directing concentration in Lycoming College’s theatre major. After graduation, she plans on working with high school theater and attending graduate school for clinical psychology.

“One of the most exciting aspects of our theatre program is the senior project, a culminating experience that theatre majors complete in their final year at Lycoming,” said Biliana Stoytcheva-Horissian, chair of the theatre department and faculty advisor for senior projects in directing. “This project allows students to apply all the skills, training, and experiences they’ve gained during their four years here and share them with the audience.”

With 209 fairy tales to include, actors will bring multiple characters to life. Roles will be played by:

  • Emily Doherty ’23, film and video arts major, theatre minor
  • Chase Bower ’26, undeclared major
  • Gabriella Fugan ’26, undeclared major
  • Hannah Lee Defrates ’24, theatre major
  • April Romanowski ’25, political science major, theatre minor

The play also includes a minimal set design by Jay Innerarity, associate professor of theatre, and costume design by Bonnie Hall, costume shop manager. Student designers for the play include:

  • Gabriela Villar ’23, theatre and psychology double major
  • Amber Fry ’24, math major, theatre minor, education certification
  • Shantel Hill ’25, theatre major
  • Alijah Hunter ’25, theatre major, accounting minor
  • Frank Johnson ’25, undeclared major
  • Sarah Loucks ’24, physics major, astronomy and math minors
  • Nevaeh Wertman ’24, psychology major, criminal justice and theatre minors

Ticket prices for all shows are $10 for general admission and $8 for students and seniors.

Lycoming’s theatre program is full of opportunities for practical experience. Students flourish as they explore concentrations in acting, directing, musical theatre, design/technology, and stage management. As early as freshman year, students are encouraged to audition for shows and become involved in productions. The curriculum combines practical training in every aspect of theatre with a look back at the history and literature that has shaped theatre as an art form. More information on theatre at Lycoming College can be found at:

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