Grimm’s Fairy Tales Take Centre Stage at 36th German Theatre Festival and Competition at Mount Holyoke College

May 1, 2013

"Piraten der Karibik", The Governor"s Academy, Byfield, MA Enlarge image "Piraten der Karibik", The Governor"s Academy, Byfield, MA (© Mt. Holyoke Theaterfestival) Grimm’s Fairy Tales have played a big part in most everyone’s childhood, and due to this year’s theme commemorating the Grimm brothers on 150th anniversary of the elder brother Jacob’s death, the popular fairy tales were back again at the 36th Annual German Theatre Festival at Mount Holyoke College on April 25, 2013.


Gracing the stage in colorful costumes, students from eight middle and high schools from all over New England and upstate New York participated in the Festival and made strong impressions with self-written and self-directed adaptations of well-known fairy tales like “Schneewitchen” and “Rumpelstilzchen.” Students from other schools chose to make parodies of  “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Harry Potter,” and “Max and Moritz.” The German International School’s presentation of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” perfectly matched the awakening spring on the beautiful Mount Holyoke Campus.


Outstanding was Harvard University’s presentation of scenes from Wolfgang Borchert’s play “Draußen vor der Tür.” Audiences in Greater Boston will be able to see this play in its entirety on May 2 or 3, 2013 at Harvard. For more information on this show see our Event Calender.


"Unterbrochene Maerchen", Wellesley Middle School, Wellesley, MA Enlarge image "Unterbrochene Maerchen", Wellesley Middle School, Wellesley, MA (© Mt. Holyoke Theatre Festival) A jury consisting of representatives from Mount Holyoke College, the German Consulate and the Goethe Institut in Boston, the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association, and Mark Römisch -a professional actor, director and photographer, evaluated the students’ acting skills and language proficiency in rating their performances. Unfortunately, the jury had the “Qual der Wahl” or the agony of choice, finding it difficult to come to a unanimous decision.


Ultimately, Wellesley Middle School, MA won the Middle School Division with their play titled “Unterbrochene Märchen,” followed by the German International School Boston and the Meadowbrook Waldorf School of Kingstown, RI.


The Secondary School Division’s first prize was awarded to The Waldorf School of Garden City for their performance of “Rumpelstilzchen.” The second prize in this category went to Falmouth Academy, MA, and the third prize to The Governor’s Academy in Byfield, MA.


"Draussen vor der Tuer", Harvard University, Cambridge, MA Enlarge image "Draussen vor der Tuer", Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (© Mt. Holyoke Theatre Festival) A special prize was awarded to the only post-secondary institution taking part, Harvard University, for their impressive and convincing performance of Wolfgang Borchert’s “Draußen vor der Tür.”


During intermission, members of the Mount Holyoke Chorale and talented student artists performed songs by Schumann and Schubert.


It was not only the German teachers and their students’ dedicated work and enthusiasm that made the 36th Annual German Theatre Festival a huge success, but also the outstanding organization by Mark Lauer and his colleagues at Mount Holyoke College. The German Consulate helped fund the Festival, together with the Goethe Institut and Mount Holyoke College.


Next year’s date for “Deutsches Theaterfest” will be announced soon. Please check their website for updates and make sure you and your German class take part next year!