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Hawthorne Elementary students to present ‘Snow White’

More than 60 Hawthorne Elementary School students will perform a world-renowned play with a unique flavor on Friday.

Third- through fifth-grade students will perform Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” at Hawthorne Elementary School. Performances will be at 1:30 p.m. for the school and 6:30 p.m. for the public. Tickets are free.

Directors are Derek Brookens and Shannon Fields.

According to Brookens, townspeople and the Huntsman, played by Brookens, will narrate the story to the audience. After the Good Queen dies, an Evil Queen, played by Fields, takes over. Snow White, played by student Nyaruaac Tot, hides in the forest, eventually becoming more beautiful than the Evil Queen. The Evil Queen then plots her revenge on Snow White.

The play will feature dancing, singing and comedy. All seven dwarfs will have different personalities, Brookens said.

“A different interpretation of the same story, and the best part is they all get to be in it, so it is a unique experience for everyone involved,” Brookens said.

According to Brookens, community support for the play is important.

“It’s important to show young students, especially young students in the arts, that the community does support this idea, because a lot of places in this country, arts are being cut,” he said.

Students have five days to practice for the show. According to Brookens, Prairie Fire lessens the burden directing a play can have on staff members.

Fields spoke highly of how Hawthorne students have practiced for the performance.

“The kids are great,” she said. “They have been so focused. Kids are always very excited to do this, but this group has been really focused and really into it. And while they are still having fun, they are very dedicated to what we are doing with the show.”

Hawthorne Elementary School students rehearse on Tuesday for Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre’s upcoming production of “Snow White.” -Colleen Harrison/Albert Lea Tribune

‘Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs” cast

Snow White: Nyaruaac Tot

Prince: Kaiden Rutherford Baldwin

Mirror: Mia Pfohl

Raven No. 1: Lilly Hyke

Raven No. 2: Jordan Habana

Raven No. 3: Taylor Larsen

Hickory: Jaylee Waters

Bebop: Callie Brownlee

Bart: Eric Zimmerman

Jazz: Tony Lueveno

Tumalum: Jackson Petersen

Banzai: Deana Wyant

Daybreak: Jayla Klein

Forest creatures:

Bear: Kari Smithers

Fawn: Lia Cunningham

Bunny: Josephine Petersen

Wolf: Ella Drescher

Fox: Kameron Behncke

Skunk: Mathew Chavez

Squirrel: Has Htoo

Bluebird: Eh Gay

Cardinal: Ann Laskowske

Butterfly: Alecia Abrego

Ladybug: Elizabeth Benner Guerrero

Bee: Hanna Austinson

Hummingbird: Abby Dolph

Gold Finch: Joe Klein

Lights, sound and propos: Ava Bremer, Gisele Schreiber and Dakota Olson

Townspeople:

Townsperson: Noah Teeter

Townsperson: Griffyn Richards

Townsperson: Yat Tpt

Townsperson: Aurora Cox

Townsperson: Jacob Gomez

Townsperson: Kaden Carlson

Townsperson: Emma Weckwerth

Townsperson: Natalia Torres

Townsperson: Jacquelyn Theis

Townsperson: Clara Thompson

Townsperson: Michaela Hanson

Townsperson: Isaiah Andersen-Pitchford

Townsperson: Sookie Melton

Townsperson: Sunny Htoo

Townsperson: Jose Navarrete

Townsperson: Carlos Navarrete

Spellbinders: Danica Whelan, Brooke Tufte, Sydney Fornwald, Kalia Register, Kayden Matson, Anastasia Esparza, Alexis Martinez, Sydney Newman, Erika Torres, Paige Becker, Ava Sutter and Abby Dorman

Tickets, please

What: Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”

When: 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Hawthorne Elementary School

Cost: Free

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