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WAC, Missoula present 'Snow White' June 25

Article Published: Jun. 23, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

Venture into the terrifying Black Forest with Snow White and her friends this Saturday, June 25, when the Missoula Children's Theatre (MCT) and more than 50 local students perform "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."

An original musical adaptation of this classic tale, two performances will be held June 25 at 3 and 6 p.m. Both performances will be held at the new Watauga High School auditorium. Tickets will be available at the door and cost $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and under.

The Watauga Arts Council is no stranger to the Missoula productions. In years past, area children have starred in productions of "Treasure Island," "Beauty Lou and the Country Beast," "Robin Hood," "Hansel and Gretel," "The Jungle Book" and more.

MCT is the nation's largest touring children's theater and has been touring extensively for 40 years from Montana to Japan, and they will visit more than 65,000 children in 1,200 communities in all 50 states and 17 countries this year.

A tour actor/director team arrived in Watauga County on Monday with the set, lights, costumes, props and make-up. During five days of intensive rehearsal, participating children have learned their lines, staging, songs and dances.

The production has been designed with suitable parts for various age, skill and experience levels. A few students have been cast as assistant directors and have focused on technically oriented tasks, such as mounting the set, working lights and sound equipment, and assisting with teaching the show to the cast. One of the two actor/directors from Missoula will play a supporting role in the production.

The local cast features Priscilla Hoke as Snow White, Makenzie Thompson, Sara Frances Greene and Kinden Cranor, as her forest friends, Phineas, Foxy and Fernando, and Ella Campbell as the King.

Also featured are Lexi Cranor as Queen Bella, Kelsey Marlett and Cami Hastings as the Queen's Henchmen, Elli Gottfried as her Magic Mirror, and Alayna Arnholt, Isabelle Trew, Spencer Ball, Caroline Forsyth, Aidan Berounsky, Emma Carder and Alice Knight as the Dwarfs.

To complete the ensemble, Ruby Boisclair, Bethany Shepherd, Sylvia Wood, Olivia Huskins, Megan Gottfried and Jennifer Page will appear as Black Forest Creatures, Annie Yawn, Alexis Royall, Alexander Rosales, Griffin Hayward, Kailei Watts, Payne Knight, Kaela Sosa, Olivia Jordan, Mary Clare Blankenship-Brown and Sirena Roe as Bats and Katie Hanna, Abigail Marlett, Carey Dowell, Cy Blue Huskins, Megan Lewis, Bianca Smart, Kelsey Watts, Faith Ann Henson, Anna Shellman, Katie Mac Knight, Emma Hudspeth, Marley Berounsky, Shelby Coleman, Jackson Hudspeth, Cora Eisman and Garrett Jordan as a variety of fun Forest Animals.

Julianna Silver, Hannah Marlett Alex Thorp and Ella Thompson have served as assistant directors throughout the week.

"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" will be presented at 3 and 6 p.m. on Saturday at the new Watauga High School auditorium. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children under 12 and are available at the door.

The Missoula Children's Theatre residency in Watauga County is presented locally by Watauga County Arts Council with support from the High Country Jubilee Chorus, The Mountainaires, the friends of Tom Lanno and Jimmie Owen. For more information, call Watauga Arts Council at (828) 264-1789.

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