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Snow White – Encore Stage & Studio

Encore Stage & Studio
125 S Old Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22204
www.encorestageva.org
 

Encore Stage & Studio’s productions have been on our family calendar regularly over the past year. We always look forward to the shows as they are consistently fun and entertaining. The best part is that my daughter gets to watch other kids perform and that seems to really captivate her attention. They also include many of the classic fairy tales in their schedule which are perfect for small children. This past weekend we saw the musical adaptation of Snow White come alive on the Encore stage.

Snow White is a beautiful young princess who lives with her jealous stepmother, the Queen. When the Queen discovers that Snow White is truly “the fairest of them all,” she devises a plan to continue her reign permanently. After being banished to the woods, Snow White happens upon seven new friends that give her a place to call home.

QueenThe Queen (Nadya Steare) asks the Magic Mirror (Ella McHugh) who is the fairest of them all. Photo courtesy of Encore by Larry McClemons
DSC_0693The seven dwarves welcomes Snow White! Photo courtesy of Encore by Aileen Pangan.
Prince and Snow WhiteSnow White (Zoe Rocchio) and the Prince (James Brady). Photo courtesy of Encore by Larry McClemons.

The cast included 22 young students who put on a very impressive performance!

After the show, we attended Snow White’s Winter Ball where we were able to talk to the cast members, enjoy treats, and make a couple of fun crafts.

Aren’t the seven dwarfs just adorable? They sang a very catchy song called “Work, Work, Work” during the show that my daughter is still singing at home now!

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The Vixen was another favorite character of Clara’s.

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The caramel apple station was a big hit!

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At the craft stations the kids decorated magic mirrors, crowns, and dwarf masks.

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The Snow White’s Winter Ball was only held after the 11am performance last Saturday but you still have several opportunities to catch a show next weekend:

Friday, January 15, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Sunday, January 17, 2016 at 3 p.m.

Up next, Encore Stage & Studio will be presenting Treasure Island, February 27 – March 6.

Good to Know:

•Ticket prices: $15 adults, $10 children, students, seniors, and military.
•The shows last approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes with a 15 minute intermission.
•Concessions can be purchased and enjoyed in the lobby before the show and during intermission.
•There is free and ample parking at the Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, where all Encore productions are located.
•Encore offers a birthday party package.
•Encore also offers a variety of classes and camps.

 

 



Hansel and Gretel – Encore Stage & Studio

Encore Stage & Studio
125 S Old Glebe Road
Arlington, Virginia 22204
www.encorestageva.org
 

We have attended several shows at Encore Stage & Studio and are always very entertained by their productions. My daughter was so excited she began asking a few days in advance if it was time to go see Hansel and Gretel. One reason she loves Encore’s shows is because the cast is made up of a group of passionate young performers ages 9-18. I read the classic fairy tale story to my daughter before attending the performance so she would understand the storyline:

Deep in a German forest awaits the Gingerbread Witch and her hobgoblin henchmen ready to transform children into tasty treats. Siblings Hansel, Gretel and friends go into the woods and find themselves in the path of the witch. To return home to their parents, this brother and sister duo will have to use their smarts to outwit the evil Witch.

The stage was transformed into a forest with a wonderful gingerbread house and an oven that actually emitted smoke. The costume designer did a great job with creating an ensemble of fairy tale characters that were all easily recognizable.

DSC_0156“Frick (Grace Gent) and the Gingerbread Witch (Jessica Layton) prepare gingerbread cookies. Photo by Larry McClemons”
DSC_0150The Gingerbread Witch (Jessica Layton) welcomes the children to her gingerbread home. Photo by Larry McClemons”
 DSC_0088“Hansel and Gretel meet a family of trolls in the Black Forest.” (From left to right: Miranda Tonsetic, Nick Boone, Kelly McArdle)

After the shows, the cast gathers in the lobby to sign autographs and take pictures. My daughter always looks forward to this part and decides which character she wants to get her picture taken with before we even exit the auditorium! This time it was Hansel and Gretel’s mother played by Izabella Porter, Gretel played by Lynn Loftus, and the Gingerbread Witch played by Jessica Layton.

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Treat your kids to a showing of Hansel and Gretel! You’ll have a great time! There are four performances remaining:

Friday, November 13th 7:30pm
Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 11am and 3pm
Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 3pm

Good to Know:

•Ticket prices: $15 adults, $10 children, students, seniors, and military.
•The shows last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes with a 15 minute intermission.
•Concessions can be purchased and enjoyed in the lobby before the show and during intermission.
•There is free and ample parking at the Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, where all Encore productions are located.
•Encore offers a birthday party package.
•Encore also offers a variety of classes and camps.