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'Some day, my prince will come'

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Travis Supinger, left, and Caleb Supinger look over the “Snow White” script during rehearsal. Travis playsBerthold the Huntsman and Caleb is the dwarf, Bashful.
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“Snow White” premieres at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21 at the Guyer Opera House, 110 W. Main St., Lewisville.
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Castmembers of “Snow White” practice a dance scene on the Guyer Opera House stage. Snow White, played by Katherine Hoots, and Nick Taylor, as Prince Florimond, are center-stage. Director Kat Ivey is pictured on the right facing the stage while she tightens up the choreography.

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com

America’s first feature-length animated film is coming to life this month for the first time ever at Henry County’s historic community theater.

The Guyer Opera House will present “Snow White” Sept. 21-23.

The kid-friendly play features dancing and woodland creatures and the classic wicked queen with her poisoned apple.

Katherine Hoots plays Snow White, the fairest in the land. This is her first performance in the Guyer.

Hoots likes that the famous roles of the Seven Dwarfs (Disney’s original spelling) didn’t have to be filled by old men in this version of “Snow White.”

Gus Upchurch plays Doc, Oliver Patterson is Happy, Carlin Lucas is Grumpy, Jacob Specht is Sleepy, Dru Criswell is Sneezy, Caleb Supinger is Bashful and Ava Gillock plays Dopey.

“I liked the diversity and everything. It’s different,” Hoots said.

Snow White’s prince is played by Nick Taylor. Taylor was recently in the Guyer’s “Les Miserables” and will also appear in “Into The Woods” at New Castle High School.

“Snow White is a lot of fun,” Taylor said. “It’s new. Kind of refreshing.”

In this version of “Snow White,” the princess is surrounded by maids of honor before the Queen’s wicked plan comes to fruition.

Tri High School student Olivia Meeker fills the role of one of the maids, Rosalys. It’s an easy role because she’s already good friends with Hoots.

“I’m loving every minute of it,” Meeker said. “This is the most organized and the most fun I’ve ever had with a play.”

Actress Halle Chandler is a former member of C.A.S.T. Camp, the day camp that Guyer members put on every summer for elementary students.

Chandler knew that she just had to be a part of the “Snow White” production.

“The attitudes of everyone are really amazing. And I love my directors,” Chandler said. “Everyone has been a really amazing help.”

“Snow White” is directed by Kat Ivey, with Bernice Stacey and Evan McGrew serving as co-directors.

Ivey helped direct the Guyer’s “Dining Room” in the spring and the Guyer board picked her specifically to direct “Snow White.”

“Sitting in the director’s chair is amazing yet daunting,” Ivey said. “I’ve been wanting to direct for a long time, so I’m very excited to start that part of my theatre experience, but it is a lot of pressure. Thankfully, I have Bernice and Evan as my co-directors and they’re helping me ‘learn the ropes,’ as it were.”

Ivey said this version of “Snow White” follows the basic plot line of the Disney classic, but puts a spin on the story.

“We have a script full of comedy and a few serious moments. This show really gives you everything - except music. This is not a musical version of Snow White, which I think a lot of people won’t be expecting,” Ivey said.

Ivey’s cast of characters includes both children and adults.

“The kids are full of energy and that really translates to the stage. I love being able to introduce them to the theatre and help them learn and grow,” she said. “Working with the adults is great because I can count on them to help set an example of how you act in the theatre for the children. Plus, they’re all phenomenal actors and we’re so lucky to have them in our show.”

Allie Myers will be Queen Brangomar. The Maids of Honor include: Lauren Watterson, Maddie Lowder, Rylee Thompson, Chloe Davenport, Sylvie Terrell and Elaina Catron. Corbin Trosper is Sir Dandiprat Bombas. Berthold the Huntsman is played by Travis Supinger, the Witch, Hex is played by Rebekah Schmeisser, Fiddle the Cat is Marie Hall and Will Huffman is the Magic Mirror.

The Dukes and Duchesses of the Court are played by Caroline Watterson, Emily Wells, Jaiden Coomer, Brooke Watson, Cierra Claar, Sadie Schuyler, Isabel Wright, Stacie Lawson, Abby Anderson, Patricia Cox, Elle Ivy, Kinley Burgess, Elizabeth Ketcham, Zonda Ketcham, Jessica Korff, Nina Goforth, Seth Colburn and Colten Byrket.

Elle Ivy is also playing a Squirrel among the cast of woodland creatures. She’s very excited about the show and hopes people will come watch it.

Tim Wilkinson is the play’s pianist, and Susan Wells will be handling lights.

“Snow White” premieres at the Guyer Opera House, 110 W. Main St., Lewisville, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, with encore performances at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23.

For more information, visit www.guyeroperahouse.com.