VMC children stage 'Snow White'
May 10, 2013
VICENZA, Italy -- In the version of "Snow White and Seven Dwarves" you grew up with, there might not have been a dwarf named "Whiner," but there was in the Missoula Children's Theatre production on Caserma Ederle April 27.
For the last 15 years, the Missoula Children's Theatre in Montana has partnered with the Army to teach a traveling workshop to children. The theater company came to Vicenza last week as a part of the Month of the Military Child.
"We are so pleased when we can provide quality programs to our youths like the Missoula Children's Theatre," said Arlana Young, Child, Youth and School Services Outreach Services director. "This isn't just about being on stage; it teaches life skills such as teamwork and builds confidence and resiliency."
At the beginning of the week auditions were held and 39 children in the community were cast in the production. Ages in the show range from 6-17. Rehearsals for the show started Tuesday for two performances on Saturday. The two-person team from Missoula has been traveling around Europe for the last five weeks and Vicenza was their last stop, said Young.
"We pack up our costumes and gear and go," said actor-instructor Natalie Sullivan.
This year's show, Snow White, featured a king who would say the opposite of what he meant, an evil queen, forest creatures and, of course, a magic mirror.
For some of the cast, this wasn't their first show. Caroline Bennett was in the recent Soldiers' Theatre show "The Wiz," and signed up for the workshop. Bennett was cast as "Bob," one of the dwarves.
"I don't get nervous being on stage because the lights are so bright, you can't see the audience and you don't care about messing up," Bennett said.
The title character was played by Kaely Wilson, who has been in three other Missoula shows.
"This is a really cool program and I think it is great how they get the military community involved," Wilson said. "When I did my audition I was just happy to get a part."
In addition to putting on the show, three, free weekend workshops were held for community children that focused on improvisational acting and make-up techniques. About 50 children learned the difference between corrective and character make-up and some even went home with a painted face.
"We have loved being in Vicenza. This is a very grateful and welcoming community," Sullivan said.