Dorset Players to open `Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'

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DORSET — The Christmas season is here, and there is magic in the air and on the local stage.

Count the Dorset Players in on the family fun, as the longtime community theater troupe on Friday open their annual production for children and all those young at heart with a delightful musical version of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."

In their landmark 91st season, the Players are thrilled to present six performances of a musical rendering of a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. Carol Weiss's pleasing adaptation of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" involves a powerful witch, a vain, jealous queen and her toadies, ladies-in-waiting, a magic mirror, and the princess Snow White.

Of course, let's not forget Snow White's handsome prince, and the seven dwarfs who help to save the day.

Director Kevin O'Toole and musical director Michael Gallagher have marshaled a talented cast of six adults and eleven children from eight area towns. There are charming, familiar songs, colorful costumes, many laughs, and a happy ending for everyone.

Well, almost everyone. Villains beware!

O'Toole, a local attorney and theater aficionado who has been with the Players for three decades, said that however the story on stage unfolds, the community theater company offers a chance to spread the acting bug far and wide:

"There is nothing more thrilling than seeing individuals, younger and older, find their sea-legs on-stage, and to be a part of a wonderful company of actors, costumers, set and lighting designers and others working together toward a common goal," O'Toole said in a recent break from rehearsals. "To boot, this musical version of `Snow White' concludes with a rousing anthem that reminds that `you are a mirror of all that you do.'"

O'Toole also noted that selection of the holiday season shows involving a good number of children in the cast tend to surround family oriented classics which children can also attend, and the casts tend to be "large, lively, and love being on stage."

This year the group includes Billy Jamieson as Sir Pompous, Courtney Carter as the Queen, and Lillian Kelly as the Mirror. All were featured in last season's musical: "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee."

The Queen's somewhat ditsy sibling, Witch Wicked, will be portrayed by Jennifer Lalli. The Queen's hapless stooges, Sir Silly and Sir Clumsy, played by Luca Bowen and Luke McChesney, provide slapstick comedic relief. Snow White and her dream prince will be played by Lily Gallagher and Aiden Kennedy.

Elizabeth Spurr, Siobhan O'Keefe and Grace McDonald appear as the Queen's three ladies in waiting. Rounding out the cast are the seven dwarfs, played by Isabel Mazzola, Molly Flint, Ryder Scott, Anabel Grattan, Penelope Kimball, Emma Daley and Camryn Monforte.

O'Toole, ever the dedicated company member, finished by saying that the Players are always looking for volunteers to join the ranks and become involved, so "all those interested are welcome to contact the company anytime."

The Dorset Players' "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" will be produced at the Dorset Playhouse at 104 Cheney Road in Dorset and held on Dec. 7 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. and on Dec. 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 2:00 p.m. Presented by Factory Point Place, the show is sponsored by New Morning Natural Foods, The Bank of Bennington and Baierlein Landscaping. For ticket information, call (802) 867-5577 or visit on-line at www.dorsetplayers.org.

Award-winning freelance journalist Telly Halkias contributed to this report

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