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The MDT student cast helped devise and write the music for the show

BYU’s music dance theatre (MDT) program continues a long tradition of celebrating, exploring and workshopping new work with director Tim Threlfall’s stage adaptation of “Rump.”

The fractured fairy tale is based on MDT alum Liesl Shurtliff’s New York Times bestselling novel and follows a young Rumpelstiltskin as he explores a fantastical world of spells, curses and magical creatures and learns about his own unique abilities — and his famous name. 

“I think that people enjoy stories like this,” said MDT major and cast member Calee Gardner. “Early on in the rehearsal process, we talked about oral storytelling traditions and how those develop and are useful in our modern society. This play is intended for young audiences, but adults will enjoy how creative it is in the retelling of a familiar story.”

As a new Theatre for Young Audiences play still in development, the Nelke Theatre workshop performance is largely experimental for faculty and students in the Department of Theatre and Media Arts.

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