November 13, 2019

‘Twisted,’ a parody of Disney films geared toward adults hits SIU this week

by Jason Franchuk

CARBONDALE, Ill. — A collection of Southern Illinois University Carbondale students and young professionals from the area started rehearsing for a production of “Twisted” right before Halloween, and they’re ready to show off a parody of Disney geared toward adults this week. 

Fierce, an independent theater company, is set to perform “Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier,” Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 14-16, at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Old Baptist Foundation. 

Performance will carry mature themes 

“This show is unlike any that exists, and yet, it is still familiar,” director Jake Ellsworth, a senior double major in musical theater and public relations, said. “‘Twisted’ is a direct parody of the entirety of the Disney animated Magic Kingdom universe — with a special focus on the world of ‘Aladdin’ — as well as the famous musical, ‘Wicked.’ You'll see all your characters from your childhood, but make no mistake, this isn't a show for kids. It's both nostalgic and explicit.” 

Cast is working hard 

Ellsworth said the cast has spent nearly every evening since Oct. 28 preparing for this show. 

“The students’ participation in this show is not done out of any educational requirement, but simply because they love the art of musical theater and want to continue to showcase their talents regardless of the career path they have chosen,” Ellsworth said. 

“We have a cast with a diverse set of majors such as zoology, musical theater, neuroscience and more. We are also the regional premiere of this musical, so it's likely the first time anyone from the area will see this show.” 

Performance times 

Performances are 7:30 p.m., Thursday, 9 p.m., Friday, and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets in the 100-seat theater are first-come, first-served and cash only: $10 for adults and $5 for students.