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‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,’ a tale in the making

By Sally Neel
Special to The PREVIEW

Photo courtesy Dale Johnson Cast members in the upcoming CUP production of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” work on their vocal skills in preparation for the musical’s opening on Dec. 12. In front, from left, are Spence Scott, Julian Oliver, Anika Thomas and Samaya Dunn. In back are Jackie Hampton, Crissy Ferguson, Darcy DeGuise and Hannah Hemenger.

Photo courtesy Dale Johnson
Cast members in the upcoming CUP production of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” work on their vocal skills in preparation for the musical’s opening on Dec. 12. In front, from left, are Spence Scott, Julian Oliver, Anika Thomas and Samaya Dunn. In back are Jackie Hampton, Crissy Ferguson, Darcy DeGuise and Hannah Hemenger.

The cast of the Curtains Up Pagosa! holiday show, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” is busily rehearsing to bring this classic fairy tale to the high school stage, Dec. 12-15.

The updated original script and music brings a refreshing approach to this enchanting tale.

“Our dwarfs are not necessarily short people, but each brings a convincing character to the stage,” said Darcy DeGuise, associate director. For instance, the character of Slow Poke is played by Taylor Jones who is tall and long-legged. She moves as if in slow motion, her long legs refusing to take her at anything other than a slow pace. Ticklish, played by Julian Oliver, giggles his way through the story’s dilemmas. Other dwarfs include Sarge (Jeremy Medina), Gabby (Anika Thomas), Gloomy Gus (Billy Baughman), Spritely (Brooke Kudelski) and Snore (Elsa Lindner). Each actor brings comic charm and personality to their character, dancing and singing, bringing to life a beloved story of our childhood.

The musical score is toe-tappingly fun, featuring a rousing bluegrass style chase scene, complete with fiddle and banjo. There are also lyric melodies, such as “It’s a Wonderful Day” and “Oh my Prince,” sung by Ami Crook as Snow White, as well as a swinging jazz duet, “I’ve Got This Apple,” sung by Anne Price (who plays the Crone) and Ami Crook.

This musical will be fun for the entire family, a real holiday treat. Save the date and make plans to make “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” a special part of your family festivities.

This story was posted on November 14, 2013.