Second Street Players aims for a younger audience with its latest performance, "Rapunzel," which runs Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22 and 23.


Second Street Players aims for a younger audience with its latest performance, "Rapunzel," which runs Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22 and 23.

This comical retelling of the fairy tale starts 18 years in the past with a turnip-like vegetable called rapunzel. Rene Shwartzbuckle is crazy about rapunzel. She spots a patch of it in the garden of Witch Izwitch and sends her husband, Walt, to fetch some. The witch and her henchmen, the Glumpwarts, threaten Walt into a deal: He can leave, but they’ll be around to collect his firstborn. When his daughter Rapunzel turns 18, the witch and the Glumpwarts show up to take her away to a tower. An absurd rescue attempt ensues.

The new version features a healthy dose of comedy as well as a message about the nature of beauty.

Admission includes tickets to the show, a light snack and an autograph session after the production with the cast.

The dessert theatre introduces kids to live theater by taking them to see their favorite stories acted out in front of them. Although “Rapunzel” is the last of this season’s children’s dessert theatre productions at Second Street Players, next season brings children’s classics “The Golden Goose,” “The Little Mermaid” and “The Jungle Book.”