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Rapunzel chops off her hair

There’s more to life than being rescued by Prince Charming.At least in Chris Alleman and Josh Blanchard’s take. The two theatrical talents have revamped – and thankfully updated – the Brothers Grimm 1812 fairytale, featuring a dependent, long-haired Rapunzel who remains locked in a tower until a prince saves her.In the Lake Dillon Theatre Company version, which plays every Friday morning through Aug. 20 at Keystone, Rapunzel chops off her hair, and, in doing so, cuts ties to her fabled destiny.Turns out the spunky girl finds a way to escape from the tower herself, unlocking her freedom and setting her on a journey of self-discovery. As a result, she frees the prince, so he, too, can follow his heart, rather than his storybook fate. Turns out (as we learn in the “Hairdresser Song,”) he wants to open his own salon, and he happens to have eyes for Rapunzel’s godmother.Of course, that’s not the only twist on the legendary tale. As Alleman and Blanchard tell it, the Seven Dwarfs were once Nine – until they exiled Stinky and Sassy, whom Rapunzel meets along her path.And don’t think Rapunzel has it easy just because she has access to scissors – Prince Charming’s two brothers don’t buy into bailing on destiny; they want Rapunzel to let down her hair, so the prince may climb the golden stair. The two narrators also fight Rapunzel’s independence, because if she turns to a life of improv, they lose job security.The story will enchant both kids and adults (with jokes to jolly older folks), with its rockin’ 1980’s/’90’s pop music, written by Blanchard and Jonathan Parks, and with its message affirming how “your destiny is in your own hands.”

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