Rumpelstiltskin brings new musical to young people from Madison, Indiana

Louisville, Ky. — Commonwealth Theatre Center (CTC) is performing Rumpelstiltskin on the campus of Hanover College for students from Madison’s Lydia Middleton Elementary School on December 2 at 9:30.

This new musical by Hanover alumna Mera Kathryn Corlett (’10) with music by Jacqui Blue puts a new spin on the Brothers Grimm classic. After her father tells a lie, the miller’s daughter finds herself in over her head with the stakes (and the straw) piled high. With limited choices, she nevertheless recognizes her own ability to problem-solve and have a say in her own fate.

Exploring themes of integrity, self reliance, and resiliency, this musical captivates and inspires young minds to think beyond whatever limitations they may face.

Duke Energy Foundation is funding the December 2 performance at Hanover for Lydia Middleton Elementary School from Madison, Ind. Duke Energy has been a superb partner in recognizing the value of this story and helping bring the work of Corlett and the entire production to Southern Indiana. In October, their funding brought Rumpelstiltskin to the Ogle Center on the campus of IU-Southeast for a week-long run of free performances, and in November Duke Energy provisioned a performance at Hanover for young people from Southwestern Elementary School.

This is Corlett’s fifth full-length play for young audiences as an Artistic Associate with Commonwealth Theatre Center, and her first musical. And her roots in theatre and music go back to her Hanover College undergraduate experience. Corlett earned the President’s Award in the Arts in Theatre (2007, 2009, 2010) and Music (2009) before being awarded the Henry C. Long Citation for Scholarship and General Excellence (2010) in her senior year.

Commonwealth Theatre Center is delighted to bring the inspiring work of this proud Hanover alumna back to the area to serve local school children.

About Commonwealth Theatre Center: With a mission of developing youth and our community through excellence in comprehensive theatre education and performance, Commonwealth Theatre Center (CTC) is the region’s most comprehensive theatre training and education organization – serving 54,000+ youth and 5,000+ adults each year across 74 zip codes through a mix of performances and touring shows, Blue Apple Outreach education initiatives, and Walden Theatre Conservatory extracurricular theatre training. Information on programs, booking, or enrollment can be found at


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