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By Sally Neel
Special to The PREVIEW
Anticipation is building as Curtains Up Pagosa! prepares the first musical production of its 25th anniversary “Silverado” celebration, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” on stage at Pagosa Springs High School, Dec. 12-15.
This original stage production is not the Disney version, but it is fully loaded with new original music and dances that will bring laughter and surprises for the entire family.
“This is the perfect musical to bring the children, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and neighbors, to enjoy as a holiday treat,” said production director Dale Johnson. “It is totally family friendly fun!”
Katrina Thomas, the wicked queen and stepmother of Snow White, banters and argues with a slightly sassy walking-talking mirror, played by Pagosa Springs High School student Gus Palma. Thomas, who also played the wicked stepmother in CUP’s production of “Cinderella” in 2012, says she is challenging herself not to present the queen as a clone of her former role, “though I have to admit I am feeling a little stereotyped,” she joked. Thomas has the opportunity to delight audiences with her beautiful singing voice in an upbeat bossa nova-style show stopper, “Magic Spell.”
The queen has two alter egos in the play, thanks to her magic potions and evil desires to knock out the competition, Snow White. A younger version of herself, named Esmerelda, is played by Johannah Laverty, a junior at PSHS. Johannah began her acting career at age 8 and has been a regular performer ever since. She has given memorable starring performances in plays such as “Annie” and “Cinderella,” and has been featured in numerous other productions before and since. Over the years, audiences have witnessed her grow and develop her acting talents and enjoyed the sounds of her soprano voice. More recently, in last summer’s production of “Pippin,” they saw her graceful dancing skills take form as well.
The queen’s other alter ego is the ugly crone, played by Anne Price.
“Turning our beautiful Annie into an ugly crone will be a real test for our makeup artists,” said Johnson.
Anne is no stranger to the CUP stage, either. Her starring role in the 2010 production of “South Pacific” featured her acting skills as well as her trained soprano voice.
“I’m not sure being a crone is a terribly flattering role, but it is an awful lot of fun,” she said. Anne will display her love for jazz singing in the hilarious song, “I Got This Apple,” as she tempts the gullible Snow White into partaking of the poisonous apple.
Tickets go on sale Dec. 2 at the Visitor Center. Ticket prices will be $15 for adults, $12 seniors (65-plus) and $10 for students. Children age 5 and under enter free. On Sunday, Dec. 15, at the 2 p.m. matinee, children are invited to wear their favorite fantasy costumes to gain free admission. Limited reserved priority seating is also available for $20.