The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

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March 19, 2014

Time to rock with Snow White at HFT

FAYETTEVILLE — “The Rockin’ Tales of Snow White” onstage at Historic Fayette Theater is not at all a “girlie-girl” musical,   HFT officials say. “It’s a must see for everyone,” said Christy Ingram, theater administrator.

A rapping mirror that pays tribute to ‘80s hip-hop and a somewhat less than enthusiastic huntsman only offer a snapshot of the craziness in the Historic Fayette Theater’s version of the musical. The show kicks off Friday, March 21 at 8 p.m. and continues March 22, 28, 29, April 4, 5, with matinee shows on two Sundays, March 30 and April 6, at 2 p.m.

“The Rockin’ Tale of Snow White” — loosely based on the epic children’s novel “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 an 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 in the production is comprised of tweens and teens, with a few adults sprinkled in for good measure.

The show presents 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 household fairytale “Snow White.” 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 prettiest or “fairest of the land!”  

But Mirror (Keith Bibb) has discovered that Snow White, who is portrayed by the beautiful and talented Rachel White, is the one who has it going on now, not the Queen, and this is infuriating to the Wicked Queen.

 

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