Constantine Theater reprises ‘Straw Into Gold’

Robert Smith rsmith@pawhuskajournalcapital.com
The cast of the 2018 version of “Straw Into Gold” at the Constantine Theater in Pawhuska prepares last Thursday morning for two shows that will entertain approximately 1,000 children before the day is out. From left to right are: Misty Hull, playing the role of “Melinda the kitchen maid;” Jake Collier, playing the role of “King Phillip of Myopia;” Emmett Finn, a Pawhuska High School student, playing the chamberlain; Samuel Shaw, a student at Wynona Public School, playing the role of “Rumpelstiltskin;” Lori Hull Highfill, playing the role of “Queen of Myopia;” and Andrew Cass, in the role of a minister.

The Constantine Theater in Pawhuska last week celebrated the 10th anniversary of its in-house players group by performing the play “Straw Into Gold.”

“Straw Into Gold” was the show that the Constantine Players performed a decade ago. The play, authored by Sally Netzel, tells the traditional tale of Rumpelstiltskin, which was among the stories collected by the Brothers Grimm in the 1812 version of “Children’s and Household Tales.” The story concerns a miller who lies to the king by saying his daughter can spin straw into gold.

Garrett Hartness, chairman of the Constantine Theater board, said the Constantine Players were performing four shows for school groups and had done one performance for the general public. About 80 people attended the performance for the general public, he said. A total of about 600 children attended two shows on Nov. 13, and a total of approximately 1,000 children were expected for the two Thursday shows combined, Hartness said.