The Sorcerer's Apprentice

As a lighter-fare alternative to Shakespeare in the park, Theater Schmeater has put Goethe in the park. Mary Hall Surface's script for The Sorcerer's Apprentice is based on the poem of the same name, though it more closely mirrors the story's most notable adaptation, in Fantasia. (The distinguishing factor in this version is that the sorcerer is extra-evil.) While the 1940 film had no dialogue, we can easily imagine a nervous and squeaky Mickey Mouse intimidated by the booming voice of his angry master. And this is exactly what we get in Julia Griffin's lively children's production. The characters are exaggerated, cartoonish figures brought to life with visually appealing, movement-based theater. The most enjoyable part of Apprentice is the small, athletic ensemble who use dance to form a sprightly trio of magic personified. Constantly in motion, their bodies recreate the sense of enchantment once felt from animation. BRENT ARONOWITZ

Saturdays, Sundays, 5 p.m. Starts: July 11. Continues through Aug. 9, 2009

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