MES Tells The Story Of Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs!
“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, a gem of a fairytale…” delighted audiences over the weekend of November 13, 14 and 15.” The wonderful cast of 47 students from the fourth, fifth, and sixth grades shared the fantasy with theatergoers in the MES production of “Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs.”
The curtain opened on Friday evening to this marvelous musical adaptation of the classic Grimm’s fairy tale. The captivating Princess Snow White, beautifully played by Cassie Stermer, falls in love with the handsome Prince, dashingly portrayed by Cody Parson, and becomes the fairest in the land. The wicked Queen, masterfully played by Kasey Hann, transforms herself into a young girl, Esmeralda sweetly played by Lillian Doyle, and an old Crone wickedly portrayed by Hannah Paylor to trick Snow White so that she may be once more the most beautiful. It is up to the seven mischievous dwarfs – Doc (Austin Shelley), Bashful (Kimberly Harris), Sneezy (Dawson Will), Dopey (Gage Coy), Sleepy (Miguel Saldivar), Happy (Logan Conner), and Grumpy Gus (Isaiah Covert) to save the day. A fun tale full of lovable characters from the Queen’s cat, hilariously portrayed by Ethan Fix, the noble Huntsman, wonderfully portrayed by Danny Booth, the Magic Mirror, enchantingly played by Quentin Doyle, and an Enchanted Vixen – a fox you could say, portrayed by Emma Kendall, brought the stage to life.
In addition to the cast’s main characters, all of the ensemble, from the enchanting birds, beautiful flowers, stout trees, and charming forest animals, is to be commended for giving their best for the three performances.
Susan Cubbage returned as set design/construction supervisor and costume mistress. Sue and her crews including veteran stagehand Doug Seiders, are to be applauded for their ability to make this fairytale come to life through set, properties, costumes and their ability to manage the actors and assure a smooth transition to the scenes. Congratulations to Sue for her willingness to oversee the parents and family members who completed costumes, in addition to the costumes she completed herself. The stage came to life with the colorful array of characters.
Noreen Mann and the orchestra were marvelous. Barb MacDonald, Larry Stepler, and Brice Wilford provided the most wonderful accompaniment. As music director, Noreen is the heart and soul of the musical productions. She tirelessly gives of her time and talent after school and evenings, and she should be commended for her dedication and willingness to make the productions a success each and every year.
This was Hope Moore’s ninth production as director. Hope directed the last four MES musicals and the 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 summer community outreach productions. Hope has also served as director-in-training and as an assistant-to-the-director for the past six MHS musicals. Hope thanks the cast, crew and the families of the students for all their hard work making this production a success. Hope extends a special thank-you to all of the students and parents who helped with lighting and spots and hair and makeup. Without them there would be no show.
Congratulations to Emily Wenschhof for her willingness to share her time and talent with the cast. As an assistant to the director and music director, Emily should be commended for the use of her gifts and talents to support the cast as part of her senior project. In addition to Emily completing her senior project, the production was also fortunate to have Sherri Lynn behind thescenes for the fourth year. Emily, Sherri and several other faculty and students from MHS assisted with various duties that allowed the cast and crew to perform at a professional level.
Susanne Moore completed her fourth year producing the MES musical and she can be proud of all she did to make this production a success. In addition to all of her accomplishments behind the scenes, Susanne should be complimented for this year’s good box office for the three performances.
“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” was the 10th production since 1994 at McConnellsburg Elementary and was completed with the generosity and support of several local individuals and businesses.