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Snow White, dwarfs to appear in Hubbard

Snow White cast

Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it's off to Long Lake Theater we go!

The Brothers Grimm's famous fairy tale, "Snow White and Seven Dwarfs," comes alive on the Hubbard stage beginning Friday, April 23.

The all-youth musical is presented by the Long Lake Theater Kids Academy, and features the talents of 52 children from Park Rapids, Osage, Nevis, Menahga and Sebeka.

Eryn Simpson, a junior at Park Rapids Area High School, portrays the dreamy Snow White. Pursued by a jealous Queen (played by Emily Schwartz), Snow White befriends a cadre of quirky dwarfs: Doc (Bradley Graham), Happy (Sara Simpson), Dopey (Michael Armstrong), Sneezy (Christian Wahl), Grumpy (Landen Burlingame), Bashful (Aidan McComas) and Sleepy (Veronica Gauthier). Connor Smythe is the dashing Prince Charming.

The lead actors are joined by a bevy of friendly forest animals, singing doves and the evil Queen's spirits.

The production is directed by Juliann Kjenaas, a longtime director at Long Lake Theater who also serves as the drama coach for Park Rapids Area High School. Grace Burmester lent her many abilities as stage manager.

"The talented kids in this production have discovered that the script of a play is like an artist's canvas, and what ends up on the stage opening night is only limited by their imaginations," said Kjenaas. "We have had a terrific time utilizing everyone's creativity and putting our own creative touches to this funny, musical version of a classic fairy tale."

The children's show is filled with charming songs, such as "Whistle While You Work," "With a Smile and a Song," "Some Day My Prince Will Come," and the catchy "Heigh-ho, Heigh-ho."

Understudies Sarah Schultz and Rebeka Hallaway will step into roles of Snow White and Evil Queen, respectively, for the May 1 evening performance.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., with a 3 p.m. matinee on Saturdays and Sundays from April 23-25 and April 30-May 2.

Long Lake Theater is located in Hubbard, about 8 miles southeast of Park Rapids. To make reservations, call (218) 732-0099 or visit www.longlaketheater. com. Tickets are also available at Beagle Books in downtown Park Rapids.