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Columbia Marionette Theatre offers twist on a classic tale

‘The Bremen Town Musicians’ is playing at Columbia Marionette Theatre.
‘The Bremen Town Musicians’ is playing at Columbia Marionette Theatre. Provided photo

What happens when a donkey is no good at hauling his load, a rooster is unable to wake people in the morning, and a cat can’t catch a mouse?

The Columbia Marionette Theatre will tell the tale of what becomes of these animals, cast out by their owners for not being useful.

The theatre is performing “The Bremen Town Musicians” each Saturday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. through Oct. 31. The cast-off animals, who can’t perform their assigned tasks but who love music, form a singing troupe and set off to travel to Bremen Town. They eventually prove their worth for saving the town from a band of burglars.

With songs and music written by the theatre’s executive director John Scollon and a cast of bold, colorful marionettes, the theatre puts its own humorous and musical twist on the Grimm brothers’ classic fairy tale. In addition to the Saturday performances, the theatre offers additional performances the third Monday of each month at 10 a.m., and the last Friday of each month at 7 p.m.

General admission tickets are $5 at the door, and reservations are not necessary. The theatre also offers concessions and puppets for sale.

Columbia Marionette Theatre is at 401 Laurel St. at Riverfront Park.

Bridget Winston, Special to The State