A Fairy Good Tale

Nonetheless the Children's Theatre production is so winning, it's worth sitting through the songs just to enjoy the performances and staging. In the role of the Queen, Raquel Marmor disports herself quite nicely. I, for one, would not want to run into her in a dark castle or a deserted spot in the woods. Particularly scary is her headdress, designed by Estela Vrancovich (who did all the terrific costumes), which appears as though it might be made out of spare 1960s Cadillac tail fins. Equally tarted up, as it were, is Sir Pompous, a vision of pretension and cowardice in plumes and tights, played by the appealing Ricky J. Martinez. Sir Pompous and the Mirror (the delightful Raymond Yanez) provide the story's much needed comic relief. I mean, who can sit still for an hour worrying about an Evil Queen, unless there's an opportunity to giggle once in a while?

Director Maulding stepped in as the Prince in the production I saw, and he was quite charming indeed. As for Snow White herself, she's played by Lissa Grossman, whose previous Children's Theatre credits include Mistress Mary and the title role in Cinderella. She's charming, too, and possessed of a warm voice and a great patience, all useful attributes onstage, particularly when members of the audience are being carried out at irregular intervals for potty breaks. Someone seated near me momentarily mistook Grossman for Sleeping Beauty, but that's no reflection on the actress. Rather I think it speaks to her ability to impersonate several princesses at once. A good thing. The world can always use more self-confident heroines.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Book, lyrics, and music by Carol Weiss. Directed by Earl Maulding. With Kimberly Martins, Raquel Marmor, Raymond Yanez, Lissa Grossman, and Ricky J. Martinez. Through June 5. Actors' Playhouse Theatre for Young Audience at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 305-444-9293.

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