Snow White, an Anime Retelling of the Classic Tale
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Small theater production so I didn't have high expectations on delivery. The characters are believable and this was a great event for the kids. The story is twisted a little bit but just enough so you don't get lost or forget that this is Snow white. All the characters where available after the show for autographs and photo which was an added bonus.
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Adapted by Milo Mowery
Composed by Rodolfo Ortega
From the creative team that brought audiences last season’s multiple award-winning steampunk Pinocchio, comes Snow White, an original musical adaptation inspired by the art and storytelling of Japanese anime.
When a jealous queen is threatened by a young princess, a dark magic is cast to reclaim the title “fairest of all.” But Snow White is one royal-in-training who won’t give up without a fight! Loyal friends join in a battle against an evil plot, potions and a poison apple in this epic retelling of the classic tale.
Snow White finds herself the fairest in the land, and must seek out the Seven Great Spirits to defeat the vain queen, who would have them all
destroyed. Step-sister Rose Red sides with the Queen, and battles Snow White until she finds out the truth behind her own cursed scar. A lovestricken huntsman takes aim, a poisoned apple is delivered, and Snow White musters her courage to unleash the power of the mythical Spirit Dragon, vanquishing the curse to save them all!
This exciting adaptation re-imagines the classic tale as a heroine’s journey, featuring live drums and thrilling martial arts fight sequences!
Everything from the heart-pounding score to soaring sets is drawn straight from the popular artistic storytelling genre known as anime. A stylized world of heightened reality, larger-than-life characters and
explosions of ethereal color collide in homage to one of the most emulated popular postmodern art and storytelling movements in recent decades.
What is anime?
The roots of Japanese animation, or anime, began when Japanese filmmakers where inspired by innovations from the Disney animation studios, namely the success of the 1937 feature film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Japanese animators began creating their own films, adapting and simplifying techniques to produce their own work on a large scale. A surge in popularity of manga, a comic-book form of short novel, made anime more mainstream, including noted anime legend Hayao Miyazaki capturing “Best Animated Film” Academy Award for Spirited Away in 2003. The art form is emulated by artists the world over, and its emotional style is particularly popular with teen artists exploring their visual voices.
Bringing anime to the stage
Anime is a visual medium that uses an emphasized visual style. The production design of this show borrows iconography and traditional elements from this art form. Exaggerated colors and physical characteristics are used, and exclamatory, dramatic speech, non-linear plots support the high physical and emotional stakes characteristic of anime storylines. Startling appearances of fantastical characters, like talking animals and spirits, provide catalysts for the story’s launch and major plot revelations.