Rumpelstiltskin – 1993


    Our founder, Bob Cumming, began work on his folk-tale opera Rumpelstiltskin in his senior year at Lincoln (Nebraska) High School and finished it while a student at Nebraska Wesleyan University. It was first performed in 1952 at First Plymouth Congretational Church in Lincoln as a benefit for their youth league with soloists from the church choir and his friends. Later it had many successful performances in New York City and several New England towns.


    In 1993, CG&SS revived it for four performances at the old Middletown High School on November 5-7, with orchestral arrangements by John Dreslin. Leighton Phraner played the demanding title role of the magical dwarf while hunched over with his knees almost touching the floor.


Rumplestiltskin Videos




Rumplestiltskin Cast

Artistic Director/Conductor:  Bob Cumming
Associate Director: Lucy J. Weed
Orchestrations: John Dreslin

The Herald
The King
The Child
The Godmother
The Miller
Dancers (Act II)

Betty Botter

Deanna Garretto
Tom Ciarlone
William Sorensen
Jeremy Sorensen
Lee Terry
Pearce Beskin
Nancy V. Stewart
Leighton Phraner
Meg Malmborg, Cheryl Carnemolla
Larissa Buyniski, Cheryl Carnemolla,
Christine Collins, Meg Malmborg,
Jennifer L. Smith, Craig Nelson Young
Teresa Young
Denise Saragosa
Mark Spencer
Jeff Howey
Patricia Austin
Richard Bengtson, Kathy Kole,
Ian Crooks, Joan Downing, Kim Garland,
Andrew Garretto, Susan Getzoyan,
Katherine Harris, Helen Haversat,
Barbara Henderson, Ken Kousen, Ruth Kroke,
Jean Monroe, Hallie Sorensen,
Jennifer Sorensen, Annlee Sortland,
Tom Terry, James Walworth, Laurie Weissbrot