'Snow White’ appeals to all ages

By: Don Chaddock, The Telegraph
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Dwarves, witches, a handsome prince and a girl with hair as black as coal all come alive in Folsom with Stage Nine Theatre’s production of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” “It’s a charming musical directed by Elly award winning director Allen Schmeltz,” said Mike Jimena, theater co-owner. “It doesn’t follow the original Disney movie exactly. It has some twists.” Schmeltz said the play gives the Queen a sister, named Wicked. “I definitely would say Witch Wicked and the Queen are standouts in this,” Schmeltz said. “They are very good actors and singers.” He said the entire cast is solid in this production. “The comments I received on the dwarves are how unique they are (and) the young lady who plays Snow White looks like she stepped out of the storybook,” he said. “I would say, overall, there’s not a weak spot in the cast.” Jimena said the Snow White actress is very convincing in her role. “She looks so much like Snow White. She’s just stunning,” he said. “It’s a very enjoyable, entertaining show. We’ve had kids who, once they are in there, they are there. It’s not just children’s theater, it’s meant to entertain the whole family.” Connie Mockenhaupt handles choreography as well as piano and keyboards, according to Jimena. Susan Mason is musical director. The play runs through March 15 on Saturdays at Sundays at 1 p.m. The show has started selling out, so Jimena advises theater-goers to purchase tickets in advance. “It was sold out last week. Get your tickets early. Reservations are highly recommended,” he said. “You can’t expect to walk up and buy a ticket and see the show.” Schmeltz said the play is one of the first children’s theatrical productions that is longer than an hour. “It’s the first time that we’ve done a longer, two-act musical,” he said. “It’s a marvelous script with some delightful songs in it. Adults like it as much as children. There’s some very funny stuff for young people as well as adults.” Tickets are $15 for general, $13 for seniors and $12 for children 12 and under. Stage Nine Theatre is located at 717 Sutter St. in Folsom. Reservations may be made by calling 353-1001. For more information, visit Don Chaddock may be reached at