JACKSON, WY— If you thought you knew the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, think again.
Dancers’ Workshop’s winter production “Fairest of the All” is a “version of Snow White never seen before,” said Junior Repertory Company Director Michaela Ellingson. The Dancers’ Workshop winter production takes to The Center stage December 7-9.
Of course, most of the characters will be familiar: the evil queen, Snow White herself, the seven dwarves. The evil queen is recognizably obsessed with herself and her image. Snow White is, as usual, a “picture of innocence: joyful, young, kind,” Ellingson said.
But perhaps the most compelling characters in this version of Snow White are an army of feisty dust mites. They already have their own hashtag (#dustmites or #teamdustmites, if you want to spread it), and everyone is talking about them.
Their place in the story is adorably appropriate: Snow White arrives to a tiny house shared by seven men, who also share one bathroom and one bed. The house is, predictable, filthy. So Snow White tries to clean up.
The dust mites won’t go without a fight. Played by kids ages seven through nine, the little dust mites come out ready for battle. They’re “rambunctious, snotty, sassy,” Ellingson said. “They’re not too happy about leaving.”
There are also some adult cameos from Contemporary Dance Wyoming, Wyoming’s only professional dance troupe. Most notably, a gaggle of cross-dressing princes try to woo Snow White, each attempting to propose to her with a different song.
Still, the kids of Dancers’ Workshop steal the show. From adorable dust mites, to flowers and foxes and skunks in tuxedos, each child’s performance is as adorable as it is impressive.
The show is full of comedic relief. Each of seven dwarves, for example, is actually performed by two dancers—one as the face, and one standing behind putting their arms through and acting as the legs. It’s teamwork at its finest.
How do you make dwarves more… dwarfish? Teamwork! Who’d guess it takes two humans to play one tiny dwarf?
But it doesn’t eschew some of the larger thematic questions fairytales often ask us to ponder: friendship. Loyalty. And of course, beauty.
“It’s an interesting question of beauty, and what is beauty,” Ellingson said. “We’re diving a little deeper into some of these concepts that the audience can grasp—if they open up their mind to it.
There are four chances to see this one-of-a-kind fairytale:
Friday, December 7, 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 8, 2 p.m. (followed by an on-stage “Meet the Characters autograph session!)
Saturday, December 8, 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 9, 4 p.m.
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