TRAVERSE CITY — First they brought“How Grinchy Met the Who.” Now the creative team behind the “mash-up rock ‘n’ roll musical parody” is back with another quirky show.

“Grimm’s Alternative Fairytales” is a “twisted romp through the magical woods,” where fairy tale characters are mashed with new wave and alternative rock stars from the 1980s.

“It’s always fun to do a fairy tale story and kind of change it up,” said Lesley Tye, writer and director of the production, along with musical director and husband Tony Bero. “For instance, I thought, what if Goldilocks (renamed Blondielocks) actually fell in love with Papa Bear (aka Costello) and they go off to find their adventures together in the Woods of Holly?”

The show was inspired by music of the “me decade” and was written especially for the troupe, said Tye, who teaches screenwriting and film at Interlochen Arts Academy. All but two of the cast also starred in “Grinchy.” 

“I heard the song, ‘Girlfriend in a Coma’ by The Smiths. I think this is exactly what Prince Morrissey (Charming) would sing to his girlfriend in a coma. She’s a cross between Snow White and Joan Jett, so my character is Jett Black,” Tye said. “Then I heard ‘Road to Nowhere’ by Talking Heads. I could just imagine all those characters crossing each others’ paths in the woods.”

The show features a live band, dance, improv and audience participation. Because of adult content, it’s recommended for older teens and adults.

It plays at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28-29 and Dec. 5-6 at InsideOut Gallery. 

General admission tickets are $18 at the door or $15 in advance, before 5:30 p.m. the day of the performance. A limited number of VIP tickets also are available in advance only, at

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