by Dennis Dalman
A young, curious girl seeking the mystery behind scattered shoes soon finds herself the object of a wicked princess.
That’s the opening plot gambit in the upcoming Sartell sixth-grade production of “The Twelve Dancing Princesses in Metaphasia.” The production is set for 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 and 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at Sartell Middle School.
Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children and free for senior citizens.
Based very loosely on “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” by the Brothers Grimm, “Metaphasia” is a fantasy tale of the efforts of the wicked Princess Devilla to capture a young girl named Angie Anderson and to trap her forever as a lifeless princess. Angie wakes up every morning to find shoes scattered all over her room. Totally perplexed, she decides to do some detective work during which she gets sucked right into her bedroom closet. Fortunately, her little brother, Howie, followed her into the closet.
Meantime, in Metaphasia, the wicked princess continues her sinister plotting against Angie. Soon, it becomes apparent Angie unwittingly intruded into the fantasy world of Metaphasia, and its walls start to crumble.
If Devilla can trap Angie, Devilla will be able to leave Metaphasia. Howie may or may not come to the rescue, hopefully by using his blanket of invisibility and his considerable wits. Will he save his sister from eternal lifelessness?
Directed by teacher Todd Orth, “Metaphasia” stars Abigayle Starz as Angie, Sam Fernholz as Howie, Ben Saudinaitis as Hugh Anderson, Piper Lang as Sue Anderson and Amber Pietrowski as Princess Devilla.
There are about two dozen other cast members who play a variety of vivid roles, including the 12 princesses, King Aramis, Queen Cachet, two house buyers and six broken toys.
“Metaphasia” was written by Paul Collette, Gary Fritzen and Robert Wright.
Dalman was born and raised in South St. Cloud, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, then graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in English (emphasis on American and British literature) and mass communications (emphasis on print journalism). He studied in London, England for a year (1980-81) where he concentrated on British literature, political science, the history of Great Britain and wrote a book-length study of the British writer V.S. Naipaul. Dalman has been a reporter and weekly columnist for more than 30 years and worked for 16 of those years for the Alexandria Echo Press.