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ART BEAT: Sugarloaf Ballet to present 'The Snow White Ballet'

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"The Snow White Ballet" will be presented by Sugarloaf Performing Arts on Oct. 12 and 13 at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center. (Special Photo)

“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” Anyone who knows their fairy tales knows the answer to this one — Snow White is the fairest, much to the chagrin of the Evil Queen. Who needs Dracula for a good Halloween scare? This coming weekend, Sugarloaf Ballet will present its ballet vision of “Snow White” with three performances at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center.

Performances will be presented at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door, with groups of 20 or more going for $15 each. Tickets can be purchased at the Sugarloaf Performing Arts building lobby located at 1140 Old Peachtree Road, Suites B and C in Duluth or at the Gwinnett Center Box Office.

This three act ballet tells the Brothers Grimm story that has been made beloved by the public through the classic Disney movie. Audiences will meet a host of lovable, and not so lovable, characters. More than 80 dancers ranging from elementary school to college will be performing.

This ballet was originally choreographed by Sugarloaf Artistic Director Lori Zamzow-Wire five years ago.

“The size of our company has doubled since the last time we performed this ballet and the growth in the dancers is evident in our newly revised production of ‘Snow White,’” she said. “I am really proud of this company and the development of the dancers both technically and artistically. The audience is in for a treat with this year’s performance of ‘Snow White.’”

Dancing the lead role is 16-year-old Abigail Harrison. The Prince will be danced by Atlanta Ballet soloist Thom Pantos. The Huntsman will be portrayed by Nick Hagelin, a local dance professional who also appeared in Sugarloaf Ballet’s 2010 production of “Aladdin, the Ballet.”

The Evil Queen will be danced by Jane LeMay, a junior at Greater Atlanta Christian School, and the Witch will be performed by Emily Sikes, a senior at Peachtree Ridge High School.

Sets and costumes have been specially prepared for this production.

“Audiences will easily recognize their favorite scenes from the story,” Sugarloaf spokesperson Danielle Butler said. “Sets include a village, a wishing well, and a dwarf cottage complete with seven little dwarf beds plus a large, smoking cauldron to hold the witch’s brew.”

Zamzow-Wire envisioned the costumes for the major characters, and they were brought to life by Costume Mistress Paula Huys. These include costumes for Snow White, the Huntsman, the Prince and the Witch. Costumes have also been created for the forest animals as well as a wedding tutu for Snow White.

Sugarloaf Performing Arts is gearing up for a busy year. This first production will be followed by the annual “Nativity Ballet” in December and a “Young Choreographers Showcase” in January.

For information about “The Snow White Ballet” and Sugarloaf Performing Arts’ programs, visit www.sugarloafperformingarts.com or call 770-476-0025.

Holley Calmes is a freelance writer and public relations consultant specializing in the arts. Email her at hcalmes @mindspring.com.