A commedia 'Rapunzel' heading to Barrington Stage Company

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PITTSFIELD — Ragtag Theatre brings a new production of "Rapunzel" to Barrington Stage Company's Boyd-Quinson Mainstage 2 p.m. Saturday. The theater is at 30 Union St. in Pittsfield's Upstreet Cultural District.

Nominated for the Best Family Show Off Broadway Alliance Award and named Mommy Poppins' Best Fall Theater Show for NYC Kids, "Rapunzel" follows a troupe of poor "Italian" actors as they present a twisted musical romp through the fairy tale Rapunzel with talkin' birds, an '80s hair stylist, a prince in a giraffe onesie, and a cobbler and his wife from the wrong side of the tracks. This drag-infused production is done in the style of commedia dell'arte and is highly-interactive, incorporating improvisation and loads of audience participation.

Featuring book, music and lyrics by Sam LaFrage, "Rapunzel" is directed by Dennis Corsi and Sam LaFrage. The cast features Sam LaFrage as "Arlecchino," Natasha Nightingale as "Columbina," Andy Dispensa as "Pantalone," Luke Neville as "Arlecchino," Conor McGuigan as "Pulcinella," Joe McGurl as "Zanni" and Billie Aken-Tyers as "Rosetta."

Thrpught its Youth Theatre, Barrington Stage will partner with Ragtag Theatre this summer with in the world premiere of Ragtag Theatre's "Hansel and Gretel" July 25 through Aug. 10. Tickets for "Hansel and Gretel" are now on sale.

Ticket information for both shows is available by phone at 413-236-8888 or online at barringtonstageco.org.

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