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Seniors work on their final school production

Everyone remembers his favorite childhood stories, the ones he wanted to have retold as often as a parent would read them. At the top of many memory lists has to be “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” 

The Halifax County High School Drama Department is currently preparing a new version, “Snow White and the Dwarfs of the Black Forest,” that is sure to be a lasting memory for a lot of young patrons. One group of performers is especially focused on performing their best for their young audiences. The members of the Class of ’13 are working on their last school production and making their own memories of senior year.

The group consists of veteran and novice performers, but all are preparing for a stellar production. Several were members of last year’s production of “Pinocchio” and remember the receptive audiences of families enjoying a live performance of a classic story. 

Appearing on the school’s stage for the first time are Vashaun Brandon, Jeremy Garrett, Ashley Wiles, Keziah Cash, Chaniqua Pointer, Alexis Bitar.  And Daniel Haskett.  While this is Haskett’s first time on the high school stage, he has been in several Prizery summer productions and in Little Theatre shows.

Brandon and Garrett are sharing the role of the Magic Mirror and fill the spot with some excellent moments of sarcasm as they revel in making the Evil Queen worry that her beauty may be surpassed by a younger and sweeter Snow White. 

The remaining senior rookies all play dwarfs or animals and are mastering the art of getting small and acquiring strange voices. This group is planning a very special presentation that will amaze the youngsters in the audience.  

Leading the cast are two players who have appeared in productions at the school since their freshman year. Haven Simon and Elisabeth Brogden play the Queen and her loyal servant Dim Witty. 

One creates the conflict of the play, while the other is the master of comic relief. Both have appeared in school competition plays as well as Halifax County Little Theatre productions. 

Simon was last seen on stage in last spring’s Little Theatre’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs.” Brogden has assumed many parts over the years with the high school, The Prizery and Little Theatre and has grown as an actress through hard work and a willingness to use her experience to grow her talent.  

Seniors Cassie Puryear and Shereen Massimi will be working their magic in stage managing and lighting positions, running the show during performances.  Both girls have been involved in theatre productions for all four of their high school years.  

 “Snow White and the Dwarfs of the Black Forest” is a delightful entertainment for all ages. The story is familiar but contains some new twists and turns. The senior members of the cast are providing talent and leadership to a large troupe of interesting characters.

The play opens at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, in the school auditorium. Additional performances are planned for Saturday at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. All tickets for the show are $5. 

This is a wonderful time for families to make their own memories by experiencing their favorite storybook characters live and in person.