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Paynesville Press - March 15, 2006

Youth present original stage version of Snow White

By Michael Jacobson

Forty students (grades K-8) presented a comedy farce - "The True Story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs?" - over the weekend through Community Education's annual mini-theater.

Old MacDonald The play, written by directors Colleen Pelton and Sue Teicher, involved groups of seven auditioning for a fairy tale. Santa and seven of his reindeer, a danceline (the Junior Bullettes), Old MacDonald and six of his farm animals, and a group of seven cowgirls and cowboys auditioned for the part before a group of seven dwarves were chosen.Old Mac Donald (Mitchell Floura), cat (Wesley Ford), lamb (Randi Lemkuhl), and pig (Matthew Floura) sing while auditioning for the fairy tale.

The fairy tale of Snow White was similar to the familiar Disney story with some new twists. In this version, the dwarves go on strike at the gold mine, owned by the evil queen, with the dwarves wanting shorter hours, more pay, and compensation for black lung. When the queen decides to kill Snow White because her magic mirror says that Snow White has surpassed her as "the fairest in the land," Snow White escapes to the forest and joins the dwarves as their union leader, making their strike more effective by having them picket at the castle instead of deep in the forest.

Queens with prince Instead of a magic apple, the evil queen finally succeeds in putting Snow White to sleep as a condition in the fine print of a contract settlement with the dwarves. A storybook ending is achieved when the prince who has fallen for Snow White's beauty finds her asleep in the forest, kisses her, and wakes her.

Evil queens Kendra Hengel (left) and Rachel McCloud (right) fight over prince Kellen Andersen, who actually thinks Snow White is the fairest.

The 40 students auditioned for parts in this play on Monday, Feb. 27, and had seven rehearsals over the next two weeks before the production on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon last weekend.

Cast of Characters
Santa: John Ruprecht
Dasher: Alyona Binsfeld
Dancer: Elizabeth Clawson
Comet: Allison Poepping
Cupid: Erik Malling
Donder: Taylor Buchta
Blitzen: Wesley Ford
Rudolph: Hunter Voss
Snow White: Carly Lemkuhl
Prince: Kellen Andersen
Queen: Rachel McCloud and Kendra Hengel
Mirror: Matthew Anderson
Old MacDonald: Mitchell Floura
Dwarfs marching Horse: Alyssa Meed
Cow: Larry Carlson
Dog: Bradley Zimmerman
Cat: Wesley Ford
Lamb: Randi Lemkuhl
Pig: Matthew Floura
Happy: Teirrah Syvertson
Grumpy: Shelby Rolfhus
Drowsy: Amelia Malling
Nosey: McKenna Evans
Blushing: Avery Davidson
Donkey: Lauren Spaeth
Ralph: Taylor Loesch
Storytellers: Melissa Hawkinson, Natasha Meed, and Mackenzie Laughlin

Dwarfs Happy (Teirrah Suvertson), Blushing (Avery Davidson), Ralph (Taylor Loesch), and Nosey (McKenna Evans) - on strike against the evil queen - find Snow White (Carly Lemkuhl) asleep in the forest.

Cowboys/Cowgirls: Allison Poepping, J.T. Gunderson, Amanda Hawkinson, Randi Lemkuhl, Elizabeth Clawson, Victoria Clawson, and Noah Andersen
Junior Bullettes: Sydney Riley, Mackenzie Haines, Kylie Bergman, Kaitlin Haase, Victoria Clawson, Katelyn Dingmann, Deana Hartmann, and Megan Schmitt

Directors: Colleen Pelton and Sue Teicher
Cowboy/Cowgirl Choreographer: Cindy Gerding
Danceline Choreographer: Megan Reeck

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