The Ohio State University at Lima

Ohio State Lima presents The Three Spinners Theatre for Young Audiences

November 5, 2019

Photo of cast and crew of The Three Spinners

Longtime theatre Professor Dr. Joe Brandesky is directing Ohio State Lima’s Theatre for Young Audiences production of The Three Spinners, a Czech fairy tale he adapted from a story by Karel J. Erben.

Public performances of The Three Spinners are set for 7 p.m., Sat., Nov. 16, and 2 p.m., Sun., Nov. 17, 2019, in the Martha W. Farmer Theatre for the Performing Arts in Reed Hall. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and $2 for children 10 and under. Tickets are available at the door.

More than 1,500 K-4 students from across the region will also be attending the play during daytime performances at 9:15 and 10:45 a.m., Nov. 6-8 and 13-14. School performances are not open to the public.
The Three Spinners is Brandesky’s last production at Ohio State Lima. He and his wife, Costume Coordinator Loo Brandesky, are retiring and moving back to their home state of Texas after more than three decades in Lima.


This tale of The Three Spinners is set in old Bohemia and was the source for one of the stories told by the Brothers Grimm. It centers on a young girl, Lidushka, who finds it difficult to spin yarn, but must fill a room with it in order to marry the prince of her dreams. She is aided in this attempt by three mysterious spinners who have a single request–they must be made welcome at Lidushka’s wedding. The result is a charming tale from the heart of central Europe.


Lidushka: Ja’Myah Taylor of Lima
Manya/Mom: Holly Dellinger of Delphos
Tomas/Dad: Nick Long of Delphos
Queen: Sierra Butcher of Lima
King: Nathan Merges of New Knoxville
Prince: Zach Welly of Lewistown
Spinners: Adam Wheelbarger of Plain City, Josh Leopold of Forest, Brandon Eddy of Lima

Creative team

Director: Joe Brandesky
Technical Director, Scenic Designer, Lighting Designer: Dan Matthews
Costume Designer: Loo Brandesky
Assistant Technical Director and Sound Designer: Beverly Steele
Stage Manager: AJ Cowan
Box Office: Margaret Anich

Stage Crew

Light Board Operator: McKayla Kellerman
Sound Board Operator: Sydney Hartford
Projection Operator: Rhiannon Phillips
Wardrobe Supervisor: Craig Recker
Backstage Crew: Kevin Recker, Brandon Olson
Scenery Construction: Kirsten Hansen, Sydney Hartford, Sean March, Riley Ulrick, Adam Wheelbarger
Costume Construction: Jesse Farley, Emma Crisenbery, Korene Embrack

Background on Joe Brandesky

Dr. Joe Brandesky is the Martha W. Farmer Endowed Professor of Theatre and has served as the department coordinator at Ohio State Lima since 1988. From 2012 to 2016, Brandesky held a dual appointment with Ohio State Lima and the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures at the Columbus campus. He served as the director of the Center for Slavic and East European Studies from 2015-2016. Brandesky was Ohio State Lima’s interim dean and director from 2017-2019.

Since joining the faculty at Ohio State Lima, Brandesky has produced, directed and co-directed more than 50 productions. As a specialist in Russian and Czech theatre, Brandesky has traveled to St. Petersburg, Moscow and Prague to study and conduct research in his field. His latest book Jaroslav Malina in Scenography and Painting, (Karolinum Press/University of Chicago Publications) is available now. Permanent Interaction, an installation that complements the book is on display at the Columbus Museum of Art through May 17, 2020. Curator Brandesky will give a presentation and gallery talk at the museum at 2 p.m., Sat., Nov. 16, 2019.

Brandesky has organized nine study tours to the Czech Republic. He has made numerous scholarly presentations at state, regional and national conferences and has published articles in Theatre Design and Technology, Slavic and East European Performance and the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism. In 2003 he received two awards, one for scholarship and one for teaching. His essay “Spectacular St. Petersburg: 100 Years of Russian Theatre Design” was named the Herbert D. Greggs Outstanding Article by the United States Institute for Theatre Technology and he received The Ohio State University Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching, the university’s highest teaching honor. In spring 2008 Brandesky received the Outstanding Faculty Scholar Award at the Ohio State Lima.