Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Hudson Theatre Works Presents First Children’s Show

by Karen Boettcher-Tate
Directed by Beatriz Esteban-Messina of Union City

WHEN: February 1 and 2,  @1PM & 3PM (BOTH DAYS)
Wilson School, 80 Hauxhurst Avenue,  Weehawken
TICKETS: $10.00 for adults & $5.00 for children; Weehawken residents get in for $5.00 at the door with proof of residency.  In keeping with our low ticket price policy. or 1-800- 838-3006

Recently popularized in Disney's Tangled, the well-known characters from the classic tale combine with delightful new characters to answer your long-asked questions: HOW did Rapunzel end up in the tower? WHY is the witch so protective of her? WHERE did the prince come from? WILL her parents like the prince? And most important of all, just WHAT the heck is a “Rapunzel”?

The show features a cast of 14 actors from all over Hudson and Bergen County. Abigail Stokes (Kearny) stars as the feisty Rapunzel who refuses to remove her glasses. Florence Pape (Hoboken) and David Silberger (Brooklyn) play Rapunzel's beleaguered parents.

Meanwhile King Zeek ( Rich Dwyer of Bayonne) and Queen Furaday ( HTW's Sue-Ellen Mandell )are the confused parents of a body-building beauty Princess Markie (David Plotka of Jersey City) and Prince Lew (Rafaelle Danta of Edgewater)) a handsome but  nearsighted son who has been growing hair on eggs!

The two families join forces against the conniving Witch Izwitch, (HTW's Gloria Lamoureux) who has a green thumb for growing rampion, and her  2 nasty Glumpwarts (Amaya Pinet of Hasbrouck Heights & Cameron Alvaro of New Milford.) Helping to rescue Rapunzel from the tower are Laura DiCerto (Jersey City)and Donna Gearhardt-Healey (Hoboken) as the hippy-dippy Sages Parsley & Rosemary, Xena the Amazon Warrior (Francesca Stokes of Kearny) and an annoying Jester who tells bad jokes (played by Fred Alvaro of Glen Rock).

This hilarious version of the well-known fairy tale explains what makes us beautiful while teaching the meaning of kindness. It is family-friendly and , of course, everyone lives happily ever after. You'll be happy you joined in the fun! 

Special thanks to Mayor Richard Turner and the Weehawken City Council.