‘Twisted Minds’

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Students bring twist to fairy tales

By Mercy Lopez

Finals week has always been a challenge for area college students. This finals week, however, is exciting for a group of Luna Community College students.

The introduction to theater class will perform its own twists to classic fairy tales this week. They will present “Twisted Minds” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Plaza Hotel Ballroom. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and there is no charge for admission.

Cynthia Riley, an LCC humanities instructor, said she prepared her students for their production throughout the semester, from the art of acting to the creation of sets.

“Everybody had to act,” Riley said. “The students chose what they wanted to perform. I was just there as their guide light.”

Riley’s 16 students will perform a series of twisted and unique twists during their production. They are all original plays based on classic fairy tales. They will also perform four monologues — all written by the students.

The plays are the “Three Bears” by Lee Ann Rodriguez, “Frog Prince” by Sasha Vasquez, “Main Event” by Donnie Foster and “Rapunzel” by Victoria Redelk.

“If I can get someone to spit their beer, I would be so happy,” said LCC student Christa Lucero, who will read a monologue, direct “Three Bears” and act in other parts of the production.

Riley said the assignment was to write an original play that is based on a fairy tale.

“It is very interesting what they came up with,” Riley said.

Although the plays are based on fairy tales, Riley and her students all agree that the content is geared toward adults.

The production will feature students that had no theater background and a few with some theater experience. The students range from high school students, non-traditional students and college freshman.

“Theater brings different people together,” Riley said. “They all come together for a positive ending that is creative and beautiful.”

Students are excited and enthusiastic about their production.

Riley, president of the award-winning Nat Gold Players, said the production will show education at its best.

“I gave them an assignment,” Riley said. “They have created art.”

The students created the set, the costumes and are in spearheading the production with help from the Nat Gold Players. Also helping with the production are: the NMHU theater program, the Plaza Hotel, El Rey Printing and Wonderworks.