'Snow White the Musical' Gives Enchanting Performance
The musical opens on Saturday with performances at the Hartland Music Hall.
In a colorful and lively adaption of one of fairy tales most loved princesses, the Hartland Encore Children’s group will perform a charming version of Snow White the Musical opening this weekend.
Enjoying a sneak peek of the latest play on Monday night, my children and I were treated to a delightful show filled with dancing, singing, brilliant costumes and a talented and committed young cast made up of local youth.
My seven year old was especially entertained by the antics of the seven dwarfs that included an audience interactive chase scene that had him belly laughing from pure enjoyment.
Snow White, played by Jenna Koch, gave a perfectly sweet performance, as she fluttered her eyelids and hands, imitating Snow White’s trademark gestures.
Koch’s high and light voice fit perfectly with how I always imagined the well-known princess and her innocent relationship with her prince, played by Trevor Schultz, was sweetly believable.
Snow White’s nemesis, the Evil Queen, was played by three different actors, all taking on a different version of one of fairy tales most hated villains.
Madelynn Stuenkel, who played the Queen in her regular form, transformed herself into the vain and nasty character giving another strong performance.
With her striking facial features, enhanced even more by a wonderful job by the make-up artist, Stuenkel was able to convey every evil thought and laugh by simply narrowing her eyes or twisting her lips.
One of my favorite moments of the play, hwoever, and my teenager agreed, was when the evil queen, transformed into the old crone played by Allison Darish, convinces to Snow White to bite into the poisoned apple.
With another impressive make-up job and choreographed dance routine, Darish gave an amusing performance that entertained the audience as she tempted the young princess.
The cast of Snow White was able to bring the timeless fairy tale to life in a way I highly recommend for all families. Young girls will not be disappointed as Koch does a wonderful job of portraying the iconic princess and there is also enough action to keep the boys on the edge of their seats – just like mine was.
Show times are Saturday, August 11 at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm and Sunday, August 12 at 2:30 pm. Performaces will be held at the Hartland Music Hall. Tickets are just $6 and may be purchased at the main branch of the Cromaine Library or at the door a half hour before show time. For more information call (248) 760-9501 or visit our website at www.hartlandplayers.org.