Interactive "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" play for children
There’s trouble lurking around every bend, down every path, and in every nook and cranny of the palace! To help poor Snow White avoid a life stuck in the forest filled with “the noisy birds, and lots of icky things,” children and families of all ages are invited to an audience-participation version of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”
Presented by the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc Office of Continuing Education
Thursday, January 28 at 7:00 p.m.
University Theatre located in Lakeside Hall, 705 Viebahn Street
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at the door or at Festival Foods beginning January 10.
Adult tickets are $5 and tickets for ages 12 and under are $3.
According to Suzanne Lawrence, the show’s producer and the campus’ Regional Director of Continuing Education, this version of the classic fairy tale relies heavily on audience participation to keep the story moving. Three actors take on the multiple roles needed for the show, making quick costume and character changes in front of the audience. The original Brothers Grimm telling is darker than this version. “The non-traditional staging and whimsical approach to the story and characters freshens up this favorite fairy tale,” explained director Bev Denor.
Cathi Burish, Riverview Early Childhood Center Principal, plays the evil Queen determined to be the most beautiful woman in the land, promising to “slime” anyone attempting to help Snow White. She transforms herself into a gypsy trinket seller, and an aged apple peddler. Burish has performed in Heart-A-Rama, and numerous local theatre and music productions.
As the narrator, James Gordon sets up the plot for the audience and leads the children through creative activities as part of the story. With his help, they awaken the sleeping Snow White and warn her of impending dangers throughout the show. Gordon morphs into the mirror’s reflection, the huntsman who must do the Queen’s bidding “or else,” and the quirky Prince who rides in on his trusty steed to insure a happily-ever-after ending. Gordon works at Orion and has participated in Two Rivers High School productions, Laughter on the Lakeshore shows at UW-Manitowoc and in Heart-A-Rama.
Corrie Skubal, Director of Children and Family Ministry for Faith Church, plays the title role of Snow White. Skubal’s Snow White is a bit funky, with a colorful wardrobe and a spirit to match. “It’s Snow White’s good heart that makes everyone want to protect her,” commented Skubal. In fact, the entire audience must help hide Snow White when the Queen learns that she is safe and happy living in the forest. Skubal has performed with Masquers and Heart-A-Rama where, coincidentally, she played Snowy in a twisted re-telling of the familiar tale.
The story would not be complete without the other title characters – seven dwarfs. Gordon plays the lead dwarf, and the remaining six will be chosen at random from the audience. The six will be on stage for nearly half of the show, and interact with all three characters.
“In an interactive show like this, I like to keep things simple,” explained Denor. “The simplicity keeps kids focused on the story, and also shows them how easy it is to stage their own backyard productions.”
Resident lighting director for UW-Manitowoc and UW-Sheboygan, Pat Smith, will handle light and sound for the show. Smith returned to the Lakeshore after serving several years as lighting designer for the Dallas Symphony. She has also been an assistant lighting director for a number of Broadway shows.
Denor has directed locally for a number of theatre groups.
For more information call 683-4702 or visit www.uwmanitowoc.uwc.edu.
For information about community theater events, contact Suzanne Lawrence, Regional Director of Continuing Education, 920-683-4702, firstname.lastname@example.org.