Gulliver travels to fantastical lands in AMSA’s show

Jonathan Swift (Jack Strub), center, conjures up characters in his mind in Anoka Middle School for the Arts’ production of “Gulliver’s Travels.” Characters are (clockwise, lower left): Alex Smith, Nick Menth, Diego Varela, Quinn Orcutt and Jackson Heckt. Photo courtesy of Jefferson Fietek

Jonathan Swift (Jack Strub), center, conjures up characters in his mind in Anoka Middle School for the Arts’ production of “Gulliver’s Travels.” Characters are (clockwise, lower left): Alex Smith, Nick Menth, Diego Varela, Quinn Orcutt and Jackson Heckt. Photo courtesy of Jefferson Fietek

Join Lemeul Gulliver as he journeys to fantastical lands in search of his home in Anoka Middle School for the Art’s production of “Gulliver’s Travels.”

One particular scene finds him as a giant in a land of smaller people, while another leads him to a dangerous spot where everyone he encounters is a giant.

But how does director Jefferson Fietek pull off such a difference-in-dimensional feats?

With puppets and giant masks, Fietek said.

“It has been a fun challenge in rehearsal to train the young actors how to use these unique staging devices, especially operating marionettes while acting,” he said.

Forty-two actors round out the cast, who, via their acting, ask audience members thought-provoking questions.

Matt Kari is set designer, Stirling Callander is lighting designer and Deb Murphy is costume designer.

Based on the book by Jonathan Swift and adapted for stage by Lowell Swortzell, the play captures many of Gulliver’s famous journeys.

Anoka Middle School for the Arts presents “Gulliver’s Travels,” directed by Jefferson Fietek, April 19, 20, 26, 27 at 7:30 p.m.; April 21 and April 28 at 2 p.m. Tickets are adults $10, seniors/students $5. Anoka Middle School for the Arts is located at 1523 Fifth Ave. S. Tickets available at the door or by calling 763-506-3667.

Elyse Kaner is at elyse.kaner@ecm-inc.com

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