‘Snow White’ delights Grand audiences
By: Ann Mire
The Drama Department of Notre Dame showcased its musical and acting talents on the stage of the Grand Opera House last weekend with its excellent performance of the musical “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” which was appreciated by full houses on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Based loosely on the Grimm Brothers fairy tale, this adaptation, including book, lyrics and music, by Carol Weiss has much humor and satire in it.
Caroline Robertson gave an excellent portrayal as Snow White in both voice and acting.
Without a doubt, the way in which Vanessa Benoit embraced her role as Witch Wicked made her wickedly delightful presence on the stage impossible to overlook. However, Sydney Borne, who played her sister, the evil Queen, matched her evilness in their face-to-face scenes.
When Witch Wicked turned the evil Queen into a hag near the end of the play, that role was played perfectly by Sydney’s twin sister Megan Borne.
Michael Herpin, in his role as Sir Pompous, displayed the wavering of a man walking a tightrope between trying to please the Queen and trying to do the right thing. In the end, his conscience saved the day for Snow White. In this major role, he showed both his acting and musical talents, which have continued to grow throughout his years of performing on stage.
In his role as the Prince who searches for true love, Hunter Lambert added his wonderful vocal and violin talents to this play.
Along with the dwarfs (Michaela Jabusch, Ellie Doré, Corrine Doucet, Claire Hebert, Caroline Swilley, Lorin Swilley) and mouse (Zach Wright), Sirs Clumsy (Grant Broussard) and Silly (Matthew Guidry) provided the perfect amount of comic relief.
Bethany Leonards, Sidney Gilder and Macyn Douget were effective in their minor roles as the three ladies in waiting. Clearly, they had much more respect for Snow White than their Queen and were trying to find out what the evil Queen was plotting.
The time between scene changes as the sets were changed was filled by the piano playing of Susan Comeaux.
With the assistance and supervision of drama department head Steve Fontenot, students of the set committee were responsible for the construction of an appropriate stage setting. A special “shout out” to the construction of the enchanted mirror, a rolling box in which was encased Rachel Lacroix as the mirror, who demanded she be asked questions in rhyme.
The make-up, especially noteworthy on Witch Wicked and the Mirror, was under the head of Katelyn Miller. The costumes, under committee head Peyton Zaunbrecher, worked in harmony with the overall setting of the play.
This reviewer continues to be amazed by the talent shown by the young people involved in drama in this community. Both behind and on stage, they work hard to bring the arts to Crowley. Let’s support their effort.