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Original musical has a Grimm genesis

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Jordan Wei as King Thurshbeard listens to Amanda Taylor Gay as Queen Beryl sing about how their characters met during a rehearsal of the musical, Magick and Poison.
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Grove City resident Timothy Klugh said he always had a passion fairy tales.

"My dad would read to me from an old book," he said. "It just made me fall in love."

Klugh is currently directing Magick and Poison, an original musical he wrote that is scheduled for a run of performances later this month.

The cast and crew number 41, including his wife, Lori, as production manager.

"It's just crazy fun," she said. "It's very hands-on, and people are pitching in wherever they can."

Magick and Poison is a story about two witches, Tomislav and Rostislav, who seek to topple the Kingdom of Harmonia and its rulers, King Thrushbeard and his son, Prince Charming. When the prince rescues the fair Briar Rose from an endless sleep and decides to marry her, the witches see their chance.

Also along for the ride are goblins, fairies, a jester, minstrels, the Pied Piper, a butcher, a baker and candlestick maker.

It will be performed at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, April 23-26, at the Northland Performing Art Center, 4411 Tamarack Blvd. in north Columbus.

Timothy Klugh said the story is original but is "salt-and-peppered" with references to classic fairy tales.

"It's kind of Sleeping Beauty after the fact," said Lori Klugh. "There are serious moments but also moments that are fun. ... It just kind of pulls it all together into one story."

This story, Timothy Klugh said, has little to do with Disney, retaining more of the edginess of the older Grimms' Fairy Tales.

"The things that would make me cling on to my dad's arm," he said. "Some of these fairy tales were meant to be warnings, lessons to be learned."

"He left all the Disney and Mother Goose stuff behind," Lori Klugh said.

The play's first production was held in February 2012, but the origin of Magick and Poison extends back a couple of years. For the last 10 years, Timothy Klugh has written music for a number of community theater productions. He wrote a 16-movement instrumental piece for the ABC Players in Athens.

"The music piece didn't seem finished," he said. "I decided why don't I try writing a story that has different fairy tales in this."

"It started out as a couple of songs, and it evolved into an entire symphony," his wife said.

In addition to a grant from the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the play has received support from a number of sponsors, and artists have contributed props. Everyone in the production is wearing multiple hats, Lori Klugh said.

"Everybody seems really flexible," she said. "They know what's ahead."

Timothy Klugh said cast and crew are like family. "Everybody loves fairy tales and everybody has great ideas," he said. "I think we're going to bring something great, something beyond our individual skills."

Tickets are $11 pre-sale and $15 at the door. To order tickets or for more information, call 614-530-1793 or visit magickandpoison.com.

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