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  • Children's theatre offers twists and turns to classic fairytale

  • The Children's Theatre of Dover and Kent County is staging 'Snow White' this weekend at the Schwartz Center for the Arts. But, be prepared for a few twists, turns, and surprises. The magic mirror walks and talks, their are sweet chirping birds, and enchanted trees.

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  • The classic fairy tale of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" is seeing resurgence in popularity right now. With several movie adaptations due out this year, it's no wonder that The Children's Theatre of Dover and Kent County, Inc., saw several requests for a performance of Snow White this year.
    And, Director Pat Parsons-Beetschen was only too happy to oblige. With a large cast, a moral, and a happy ending, Parsons-Beetschen finds fairy tales to be both entertaining and rewarding.
    "I think Snow White represents every little girl's dream of finding a prince and everybody's dealt with somebody mean in their family or life," Parsons-Beetschen said. "This story also feeds the notion that you can overcome anything and that true love wins in the end. You always want to believe that true love wins."
    Many of the unforgettable, must-have elements of Snow White are there: the seven dwarfs, the Evil Queen, and, of course, the magic mirror. However, The Children's Theater has a few surprises in store for their version of the classic fairy tale.
    For instance, the magic mirror is not some stationary wall hanging with a booming voice. This version of the mirror casts 17-year-old Max Harding as a walking, talking reflecting glass.
    Harding relishes the opportunity to play the role because the magic mirror is one of the only characters willing to go toe-to-toe with the Evil Queen.
    "I get to tell the queen what is really going on even though she gets really angry," Harding said. "But, in the end, I get to tell her about how inner beauty is more than outer beauty and I think that's a really great lesson."
    Equally excited about the play and her role in it is Breanna Pierce. Pierce plays Evil Queen and loves every minute, even if her costume makes some of the younger kids take her too seriously.
    "It's very, very fun. It's always fun to be evil," Pierce said. "And, she always tries to look good while conquering the world. You also get to bring about a darker side of your personality that you always keep hidden."
    15-year-old Abby Silk brings Snow White to life. She said that she's excited to play a character she's grown up with and loves.
    "She was my favorite princess growing up," Silk said. "She's so kind and so generous."
    The play is not all morals and battles of good versus evil, though. Audiences can expect a lot of laughter as well.
    Assistant director Karen Sawicki said that the comedy of the play and the characters is pervasive.
    "There's a lot of humor. A lot of unforeseen humor," Sawicki said. "The way that the seven little men welcome Snow White is funny and the magic mirror is funny, too."
    Page 2 of 2 - Asstant Director Carol-Ann Harding added that there's quite a bit of physical comedy, too.
    "The dwarfs are running around on stage. It's a lot to plan but it really adds to the show," Harding said.
    The director and her three assistant directors all agreed that the classic interactive element of children's theater abounds in this play, too, and audiences of all ages will get something out of it.
    "These old fairy tales were really just ways to tell stories from village to village in a way that children could relate, too," Parsons-Beetschen said. "So, there's something there for everyone."

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