The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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March 23, 2014

Theater set to present rockin' take on 'Snow White'

A rapping mirror that pays tribute to '80s hip-hop and a somewhat less than enthusiastic huntsman offer only a snapshot of the craziness in Historic Fayette Theater’s version of “The Rockin’ Tale of Snow White.”

The show debuted this weekend and continues March 28, 29, April 4, 5 at 8 p.m., with matinees at 2 p.m.March 30 and April 6.

“The Rockin’ Tale of Snow White” — loosely based on epic children’s story “Snow White” by the Brothers Grimm — was authored by Barbara Lennon with music by Bill Francoeur and lyrics also by Francoeur and Lennon. Millie Petersen and Sharon Bibb are the directors of this riotous show.

Bibb also doubles as actress in the production playing the role of one of the six ladies in waiting, along with Abby Davis, Shari Davis, Allison Smith, Rebecca Neal and Casey Rule-Hayes.

Most of the cast comprises tweens and teens, with a few adults sprinkled in for good measure.

This show is "Snow White," but with a twist — Josh and Peggy Sue, played by Ian Bibb and Mykah Price, let their imaginations run wild as their mother, played by Kylie Price, settles down to read them the fairytale.

The restless brother and sister begin to visualize a gorgeous girl with ivory skin who’s envied by her conniving, narcissistic stepmother, the Evil Queen played by Cindy White.

The Evil Queen possesses a talking, rapping Mirror with a bit of an attitude problem — and it’s tasked with keeping her ego inflated by always telling the Evil Queen she’s the fairest of the land!

Mirror (Keith Bibb) has just flipped the script, informing her that Snow White, who is played by Rachael White, is the one who has it going on now — not the Queen! This infuriates the Wicked Queen, who must devise a plan to rub out Snow White. Specifically, the stepmother wants the Huntsman, aka Gary McGraw, and fan of Snow, to bring her stepdaughter’s heart to her in a box, since she’s not about to bloody her own precious fingers to do the dirty work.

But if Huntsman refuses to carry out the assassination, let’s just say the Evil Queen will immediately have an uncomfortable, human-sized box for him to permanently “nap” in.

Can seven dwarf bodyguards Zip, Kip, Tip, Pip, Flip, Chip and Big Mike, who all adore Snow White, be enough to protect the eye-candy dame? Who knows for sure, but you can sure find out at the theater.

Tickets are on sale now.

“It’s not at all a girlie-girl musical!” says Christy Ingram, HFT administrator. “We have become aware that people just aren’t interested in cliché fairytales any longer, so we are offering ‘The Rockin’ Tale of Snow White.’ It is uniquely different than the original with new characters and its tongue-in-cheek humor and diverse genre soundtrack. It’s a must-see for the whole family.”

Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors over 55 and children 12 and under. Advance tickets can be purchased at the theater's box office from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, online with a credit card at www.brownpapertickets.com or by calling the 24/7 hotline at 1-800-838-3006.

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