“Struwwelpeter: A Haunting” Offers Plenty of Gasps and Giggles for REP Patrons Aged 12 and Up

"Struwwelpeter: A Haunting" opens on Oct. 8th and runs through Halloween
"Struwwelpeter: A Haunting" opens on Oct. 8th and runs through Halloween

"Struwwelpeter: A Haunting" opens on Oct. 8th and runs through Halloween
"Struwwelpeter: A Haunting" opens on Oct. 8th and runs through Halloween

Raleigh Ensemble Players will present Struwwelpeter: A Haunting, a theatrical event created by long-time REP artistic director C. Glen Matthews and his cast, based on the children’s book Der Struwwelpeter: Merry Stories and Funny Pictures for Children Between Three and Six Years (1845) by German psychiatrist-turned-author Dr. Heinrich Hoffmann (1809-94), on Oct. 8-9, 13-16, 21-23, and 28-31 in its new home at 213 Fayetteville St. in downtown Raleigh, NC. Struwwelpeter, which is pronounced “stroo-vuhl-pay-ter,” is intended for audiences aged 12 and up, cautions Raleigh Ensemble Players.

According to Wikipedia.com, Der Struwwelpeter is “an illustrated book portraying children misbehaving.”

The cast for Struwwelpeter: A Haunting includes Ashlea Barnett, Ivan Bobashev, Leo Brody, Nic Carter, Hilary Edwards, Kirsten Ehlert, Marilyn Gormon, George M. Kaiser Jr., Jacqueline Kelly, Brenda Lo, Jordan Long, Jessica Jalal Phelps, Thomas Porter, Staci Sabarsky, Ted Waechter, JaCynthia Wallace, and Brian Yandle.

On its website, Raleigh Ensemble Players asks:

“What happens when theater collides with a haunted house? See for yourself as REP unveils its most intimate and unique experience to date! Inspired by and based upon a series of stories and pictures drafted by Dr. Heinrich Hoffmann in 1844 as a Christmas present for his three-year-old son, Struwwelpeter: A Haunting offers audience members plenty of gasps and giggles as they journey through the stories and consider the implications of such tales under the watchful eye of a mysterious Master of Ceremonies and his minions….

SPECIAL NOTE: As the audience will journey through the experience, patrons should be prepared to stand for the duration of the performance. Individuals with special requests or needs should contact [REP managing director] Gary Williams at gorep@juno.com or 919/832-9607.”

Raleigh Ensemble Players presents STRUWWELPETER: A HAUNTING at 8 p.m. Oct. 8, 7 p.m. Oct. 9, 8 p.m. Oct. 13-15, 7 p.m. Oct. 16, 8 p.m. Oct. 21, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Oct. 22, 7 p.m. Oct. 23, 8 p.m. Oct. 28, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Oct. 29, 7 p.m. Oct. 30, and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at 213 Fayetteville St., Raleigh North Carolina 27601.

TICKETS: $15 ($13 students), except Oct. 13th pay-what-you-can performance. Group rates are available.

BOX OFFICE: 919/832-9607, gorep@juno.com, or http://www.realtheatre.org/box_office.html.

SHOW: http://www.realtheatre.org/box_office.html.

PRESENTER/VENUE: http://www.realtheatre.org/index.html.

DIRECTIONS/PARKING: http://www.realtheatre.org/directions.html.

NOTE: Arts Access, Inc. of Raleigh (http://www.artsaccessinc.org/) will audio describe the 8 p.m. Oct. 21st performance.


Der Struwwelpeter (overview): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Struwwelpeter (Wikipedia).

Struwwelpeter: Merry Stories and Funny Pictures (English text): http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/12116 (Project Gutenberg).

Dr. Heinrich Hoffmann: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heinrich_Hoffmann_(author) (Wikipedia).


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