Bunnies, skunks, wicked queens, lovely maidens and dwarfs hit the stage at the David Thompson Secondary School Theatre this weekend, as members of the Community Dance Tree present Snow White.
The show, which features 25 dancers between the ages of 8 and 16, features narration from Shirley Campbell, performances by local musicians and a mix of dance styles from ballet to jazz.
It’s also a chance for Invermere-area youth to add a little acting to their usual performance routine, says choreographer and director Lynette Lightfoot.
“A lot of these kids do dance competitions, and this incorporates theatre as well as the dancing,” she says.
“They’re having a really good time. It’s really different from what they normally do.”
Previously based in Nelson, Lightfoot says that town’s annual Christmas pantomime — a popular holiday tradition — inspired her to put together a similarly-timed theatrical performance in Invermere.
“It’ll be a celebration of Christmas without necessarily the Christmas theme,” she says.
While the show retains its princess and dwarves, cast member Christine Constable (who plays Sleepy the dwarf) says it also has a few unique tweaks.
“You won’t recognize it from the Disney version,” she says. “We’re doing sort of the original version of Snow White. It’ll be very interesting.”
“I’ve never liked the idea of a prince kissing a princess to wake her up,” adds Lightfoot. “So we have magic waking her up.”
Constable says mixing theatre with dance has been a challenge, requiring plenty of practices since the cast assembled in October, but it’s one she is enjoying.
“I have to stay in character all the time, so I’m falling asleep on the job, basically,” she says of her role.
“I’m going to try and stay up really late the night before and then I’ll be sleepy when I’m dancing as well.”
The show runs Saturday, December 3 at 2 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children. Tickets are available at the door.
In addition to Snow White, the show will also feature several performances from other dancers at the Dance Tree.