The Smith Opera House’s ArtSmart Theatre for Young People Series continues this month with Tall Stories Theater Company’s live production of “Snow White” on Tuesday, March 18.
Staying true to the Grimm Brothers telling, this enchanting production from the United Kingdom doesn't steer clear of the more gruesome aspects of the story but embraces them with wit and humor to create a madcap retelling of the timeless classic. With minimal props and set, three actors use an inspired mix of mime, physical theatre and original song to tell the strongly visual story of the beautiful Snow White, her jealous mother and the crude, rude and shrewd seven dwarfs – all played by one man.
In a chilling twist, the wicked queen (Hilda Gardner) is Snow White’s real mother. The huntsman has a human side too, struggling with his conscience after the queen threatens his own daughter’s safety. As for the dwarves, this lot – or this one, as Adam Bampton-Smith brilliantly plays all seven – are not what they seem. The leader is called Brigadier and they are more louts than cuddly gnomes. Snow White (Sarah-Louise-Young) is not so keen on cleaning up after them and even has a wicked streak herself. Far from the simpering goody-goody of previous productions, she succumbs to vanity, is capable of punishing the evil queen when she turns up at Snow White’s wedding to the handsome
prince, and guess who inherits the magic mirror?
Audiences expecting a tepid reworking of the cheerful, whitewashed Disney version are in for a shock with this funny, refreshingly original theatrical event for all ages.
Show times for “Snow White” are 10 a.m. and noon. All seats are $4.50 and may be reserved by contacting the Smith Opera House. The production lasts one hour.
The Smith Opera House is located at 82 Seneca Street in Geneva. Call 315-781-LIVE or toll-free 1-866-355 LIVE for additional information. The Smith is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the City of Geneva, the Town of Geneva and by contributions from individual supporters. This production is generously sponsored by the Lyons National Bank.
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