In recent years of cinema, television, and theatre, traditional fairytales have been molded and altered to reveal alternative perspectives of stories we thought we knew so well. The television show “Once Upon a Time” features a huge group of fairytale characters living in a small modern town after being banished from their fairytale universe by an evil queen. “Wicked”, the extremely popular Broadway musical based on the novel, is a new take of the fairytale “The Wizard of Oz”, telling the story in the perspective of the Wicked Witch of the West. Even “Rocky and Bullwinkle”, a television show that first aired in 1959, had a portion called ‘Fractured Fairytales.’
“The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales” sparks the imagination of children and adults by telling well-known fairytales in a new and invigorated way. Author Jon Scieska and illustrator Lane Smith collaborated to create takes on classic tales like “Cinderumplestiltskin,” “Little Red Hen,” and “The Really Ugly Duckling.”
Wharton Center for Performing Arts invites children of all ages to laugh and enjoy these Stinky Cheese Man stories in a live puppet performance by the Paul Mesner Puppets on Sunday, October 25 at 1:30 and 4:00 pm as part of the Act One School Series. Tickets for The Stinky Cheese Man are $12 and can be purchased in person at Wharton Center’s ticket office or online at http://www.whartoncenter.com/events/detail/the-stinky-cheese-man
-By Wharton Center intern Miranda Madro. Miranda is a junior at MSU studying English, Theatre, and Digital Humanities.