Snow White at Children’s Theatre Company – Review and Parental Guidance

If you are a regular to Children’s Theatre Company and know that Snow White is a two-person play performed by Dean Holt and Joy Dolo, you probably have a good idea what to expect. Two amazing actors taking on all the characters of Snow White is just a must see performance. If you are not familiar with CTC, I highly recommend getting to know these two actors at Snow White. Holt’s quick changes through all 7 dwarfs is would be worth the visit by itself.

Parental Guidance for Snow White

CTC recommends this play for ages 5+. Some of the scenes are a bit scary, but those don’t last long and then they follow them up with humor. However, I might go a little bit older in my age recommendation. Grade school age would be best simply because of the length. The play is 75 minutes with no intermission. That is a really long time for a 5-year-old to sit still.

5 Things to Know About Snow White at CTC

In this fairy tale an evil queen sends a woodcutter to kill her stepdaughter, Snow White, during a jealous rage. The woodcutter is unable to carry out his task and she finds a home with seven dwarfs. Trouble ensues when the queen, through the aid of a magical mirror, discovers Show White is still alive and plots to finish her stepdaughter off herself. Sound familiar? Here are some things you should know going in:

  1. This play is recommended for ages 5+. It has some intense parts and I saw at least one toddler taken out during a scary moment. It is based more closely on the Grimm version than the Disney version, which is actually a bit intense itself. 
  2. Your boys will enjoy this one as much as your girls. Based on the cast, I took my 9-year-old son. He gave it his seal of approval at the end.
  3. You don’t need to know the story ahead of time, but it would be a good way to increase the anticipation. You can download the full Grimm Fairy Tales for free from Project Gutenberg in a variety of formats, including Kindle.
  4. Grab a program. It has a lot of additional information, including discussion questions for the ride home and a list of Snow White stories from different cultures; and/or
  5. Download the Audience Resource Guide. It goes into more details on the information shared in the program, with clickable links. Plus there is a science experiment making “Poison Apples”.
  6. The characters switch roles often. The both play the various characters, but do it in a way that won’t leave you confused. Even though it is fast paced, I think even the younger audience members will follow the role switching and story line.
  7. If you are a little sad that Holt won’t be playing one of the evil stepsisters in Cinderella this year, you’ll get a smaller dose when he plays the evil stepmother. (P.S. I see I recommended Cinderella for the boys a couple years ago, too. CTC is good at making traditionally girly stories interesting to a wider audience).

Number 8 is a spoiler. Read it on the next page or Skip It. Your Choice.

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