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Rapunzel gets a makeover in Casa production

Casa Mañana Theatre’s production of “Rapunzel Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale” gives the Brothers Grimm classic tale a modern twist.
Casa Mañana Theatre’s production of “Rapunzel Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale” gives the Brothers Grimm classic tale a modern twist. Casa Mañana Theatre

Casa Mañana Theatre’s production of “Rapunzel Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale”gives the Brothers Grimm classic tale a modern twist.

What it’s about: A damsel in distress, Rapunzel (Alyssa Gardner), has been kept in a tower by her stepmother Lady Za Za (a wickedly good Cara Serber). Lady Za Za plans to keep the lovely, long-haired princess in exile until her 18th birthday when Lady Za Za hopes to steal the throne away. However, her dastardly plot may have hit a snag in the form of a couple of bro-besties: Sir Roderick (James Chandler), who seeks another quest to add to his egocentric résumé, and his buddy Edgar (Kyle Igneczi), a hair stylist who is searching for the perfect head of hair.

What kids will like: Socrates the Dragon (Greg Dulcie, who is reprising his role) offers playful narration and, overall, the production has lots of toe-tapping songs. There’s references to Disney princesses along the way and a nice plug for upcoming productions of “Red Riding Hood“ and “The Little Mermaid.”

What parents will like: Casa always does a good job of keeping stories relevant to modern times. Adults will find witty banter that includes references to Lady Gaga and “alternative facts.” The reference to a dearly departed Star Wars princess brought an emotional reaction from the crowd.

Actress Carrie Fisher is best known for her role as as the iconic Princess Leia, and later went on to establish herself as an author and screenwriter. Fisher suffered a heart attack Dec. 23 on a flight between London and Los Angeles.

Good to know: It gets chilly in the theater, so bring a jacket. After the play, cast members head to the lobby to sign autographs and take pictures with audience members.

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Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale

Recommended for: All ages

When: 7 p.m. Friday, 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday

Where: Casa Mañana Theatre, 3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth

Tickets: $16-$37

Info: 800-745-3000, http://www.casamanana.org/

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