‘Snow White and the Magic Mirror’ features dance, multimedia, April 19 at EJ Thomas Hall —
Attendees of the brand new production retelling the Snow White fairy tale this weekend should leave their preconceptions at the door, says Artistic Director Robert Wesner. The audience, he adds, “can bring the general Snow White storyline with them, but they should probably leave Disney at home.”
Neos Dance Theatre is partnering with The University of Akron to present “Snow White and the Magic Mirror: A Grimm Tale” April 19, at 2 and 8 p.m. at EJ Thomas Hall.
“Although the audience can expect some of the story’s staples,” says Wesner, who is co-founder of Neos Dance Theatre, “we’re leaning a little more heavily into the Grimm Brothers’ original tale.”
The production will feature 36 dance performance students from the University and 11 dancers from Neos Dance Theatre, along with set, costume and lighting designers from all over Northeast Ohio. The performance uses creative props and high-definition video to help tell the story, offering something for everyone — from the connoisseur to the theater and dance newbie, Wesner adds.
Wesner choreographed this full-length performance, which also features Stow native and Neos dancer Jennifer Safonovs as Snow White, and Ashland resident Brooke Wesner, co-founder of Neos, as the Wicked Stepmother.
Other cast members include Ethan Michael Lee of North Canton, who dances to the role of the Huntsman, and Alec Guthrie of Palo Alto, Calif., who performs the role of Snow White’s love.
Neos dancers Erin Buck, Katie Edmonds, Mary-Elizabeth Fenn, Juliana Freude, Theresa Holland, and Anna Trumbo are cast as the Woodland Fairies. The Mirror design and multimedia effects are created by Andy Gardner and Lindsay Mulhollen.
Neos is known for its unique performances, and Snow White isn’t the only fairy tale that the dance group turns on its head. For example: Neos’ resident choreographer has put together a full length Creole Cinderella, which is set to Dixieland music set in 1920s New Orleans. There’s also a 1940s-themed Nutcracker, set in front of a backdrop of a full-length movie.
EJ Thomas Hall is located at 198 Hill St. Tickets range from $13 to $28 and are available at the door as long as seats remain, and also in advance by calling (330) 972-7570. Tickets also are available at the EJ Thomas Hall Ticket Office, and www.ticketmaster.com. To provide an intimate viewing experience for the audience, seats will only be sold in the orchestra section of the hall.
“Snow White and the Magic Mirror: A Grimm Tale” is presented with support from Dominion, Hire Family Foundation, The Findlay Arts Partnership, the UA School of Music’s Kulas Concert Series, UA’s EJ Thomas Hall and The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Fund for Dance in Summit County, a fund of Akron Community Foundation.