Stow native dances lead in modern 'Snow White'

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Who is the fairest in the land? Neos Dance Theatre and The University of Akron are partnering to present a magically modern version of "Snow White and the Magic Mirror: A Grimm Tale" on April 19.

Featuring live music, dramatic multimedia and inspired costumes, performances of Snow White are at 2 and 8 p.m. at UA's EJ Thomas Hall, 198 Hill St. Tickets range from $13-$28. They are available at the door as long as seats remain, and also in advance at 330-972-7570, the Thomas Hall Ticket Office, and www.ticketmaster.com. To provide an intimate viewing experience for the audience, seats will only be sold in the orchestra section of the hall.

Robert Wesner, the artistic director and co-founder of Neos Dance Theatre, choreographed this full-length work for Neos and a cast of 36 students from The University of Akron's Dance Program and Dance Institute. Appealing to all ages, the production also features musicians from the UA School of Music and throughout the area.

Stow native and Neos dancer Jennifer Safonovs is Snow White. Ashland resident Brooke Wesner, co-founder of Neos, is the Wicked Stepmother. Ethan Michael Lee of North Canton is dancing the role of the Huntsman and Alec Guthrie of Palo Alto, California, has the role of Snow White's Love. Neos dancers Erin Buck, Katie Edmonds, Mary-Elizabeth Fenn, Juliana Freude, Theresa Holland, and Anna Trumbo are cast as the Woodland Fairies. The Mirror design and multi-media effects are by Andy Gardner and Lindsay Mulhollen.

"Snow White and the Magic Mirror, A Grimm Tale" is presented with support from Dominion, Hire Family Foundation, The Findlay Arts Partnership, the UA School of Music's Kulas Concert Series, UA's EJ Thomas Hall, and The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Fund for Dance in Summit County, a fund of Akron Community Foundation.

UA Dance Institute students in Snow White and the Magic Mirror: A Grimm Tale

Jackie Armstrong, Bath

Daniel Birchfield, Akron

Zora Brown, Akron

Haley Burns, Akron

Callie Conzaman, Copley

Katerina Gillespie, Macedonia

Rebekah Gray, Akron

Christopher Ha, Akron

Casey Ha, Akron

Alyssa Heller, Stow

Farah Hestand, Akron

Nina Hollopeter, Akron

Heidi Hollopeter, Akron

Jocelyn Magons, Wadsworth

Margaret Mahaney, Akron

Amanda Meder, Hudson

Hannah Merle, Akron

Faith Mills, Garrettsville

Kathleen Mundy, Akron

Abigail Murray, Akron

Amanda Orban, Hinckley

Baylie Perrin, North Canton

Kaitlyn Rorar, Akron

Delani J. Smith, Fairlawn

Sierra Spoerndle, Wadsworth

Barbara Sutherland, Akron

Quinn Toth-Cseplo, Akron

Zara Warford, Copley

UA Dance Program students in Snow White and the Magic Mirror: A Grimm Tale

Elizabeth Bernhard, Shiloh

Shannon Evans, Lancaster, PA

Kathleen Horrell, Canal Fulton

Christine Howe, Medina

Alexandria LeBay, Macedonia

Carey Ann Lopuchovsky, New Franklin Township

Sarah Sutherland, Akron

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