From the creators of last year's smash hit Cinderella, comes the new world premiere musical Snow White that reminds us the true reflection of beauty and happiness can only be found within. The eighth collaboration between ETC perennial favorites David Kisor and Joseph McDonough, this enchanted and memorable musical will delight audiences of all ages this holiday season. With many family-friendly early evening performances, Snow White plays November 30-December 31, 2011. ETC Producing Artistic Director D. Lynn Meyers directs with choreography by Dee Anne Bryll and musical direction by Scot Woolley.
This inspired retelling of one of the most beloved fables of all-time is based upon the classic German fairy tale by The Brothers Grimm, but forgoes several key elements of the traditional tale in exchange for a more modern tale full of comedy and adventure as well as steampunk-inspired costumes. In ETC's version, under the influence of the Mirror's magic, a vain and wicked Queen has placed a spell over the entire countryside to make it only half of what it once was. Instead of seven dwarves, there are seven "halflings," characters that are half-human, half-animal who have been placed under a spell, but who each exemplify important virtues such as compassion, courage, happiness and patience.
Each season, ETC produces a magical fairy tale musical written with families in mind. As a theatre that also seeks to nurture new audiences, ETC has specifically commissioned these shows that take classic fairy tales and give them a fresh, modern spin with contemporary cultural references to make the shows' message accessible for the next generation of arts patrons. In ETC's long tradition of "fractured fairy tales," this year's Snow White is no exception.
"When David and I first discussed the idea of creating Snow White, we decided to go back to the source material from the original Grimm fairy tale rather than take inspiration from the Disney version," explains ETC Producing Artistic Director D. Lynn Meyers. "At the heart of this story is the theme of redemption. There is a reason why fairy tales are so enduring, because they teach us lessons of right and wrong, good and evil, and also because they offer us hope. But, those lessons aren't always realistic, that one character is purely good and another purely evil, and so we wanted to present a version that redemption is possible for anyone and that there's always the hope of a new day."
About the Cast
Sara Kenny (Snow White) makes her Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati debut. Ms. Kenny is currently an Acting Intern at ETC and understudied Diana in Next to Normal. Ms. Kenny is a Cincinnati native and recent BFA Acting graduate from Northern Kentucky University. Her NKU credits include Mrs. MacAfee in Bye Bye Birdie, (Acclaim Award), Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, Stephanie Crawford in To Kill A Mockingbird, Countess De Lage in The Women, and Rose Devornack in Working: The Musical. She has also played Kaye in The Taffetas, and Jenny in the regional premiere of Pseudonym with The Commonwealth Theatre Company.
Michael Carr (Sebastian, the Prince) is a Cincinnati native and is a recent graduate of CCM Drama. Roles at CCM include: Andrey (Three Sisters), The Man (On the Verge: or the Geography of Yearning), and Barnett Lloyd (Crimes of the Heart), Elsewhere: Pap/The Duke (Big River!), and Pvt. Schelling (Bury the Dead) at the Carnegie Performing Arts Center.
Deb Girdler (Queen) has appeared numerous times on ETC's stage, often as the villain in the holiday shows. Her ETC credits include the evil fairy Wisteria in Sleeping Beauty, The Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland, Betty in the smash hit The Great American Trailer Park Musical, as well as Old Bones in The Frog Princess. Ms. Girdler has appeared at the Olney Theatre as the Fairy Godmother in the now official version of Rogers and Hammerstein's Cinderella as well as in La Cage Aux Folles at the Gateway Playhouse in New Jersey. A CCM graduate, she began her career on the Showboat Majestic and has worked off-Broadway, in regional theatre, and in summer stock for over 30 years.
Michael G. Bath and Buz Davis team up as the Queen's dimwitted henchmen, Doom and Gloom, respectively. Mr. Bath returns to ETC's stage, having most recently appeared in ETC's productions of Next Fall, Cinderella, Becky's New Car and My Name is Asher Lev. Other regional credits include Superior Donuts with The Clifton Players and Angels in America at Know Theatre. Mr. Bath has also performed with Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati Children's Theatre, the Performance Gallery, Showboat Majestic, and Stage First Cincinnati. Mr. Davis has appeared in two previous holiday shows at ETC: as the Jester in Jack In The Beanstalk, and a one-night performance as the Czar in The Frog Princess. His other ETC credits include: A Package Deal, A Slice of Buffalo, a Peace of Paris, Buckminster Fuller: In and Out of Universe and most recently Mauritius. Mr Davis' other regional credits include Superior Donuts with The Clifton Players, All's Well That Ends Well with Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, The History Boys with New Stage Collective, among others.