Local children perform new version of Snow White
A beloved classic fairy tale had a few tweaks and changes as the cast of the latest rendition of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves performed this past weekend at William Hall Library under the supervision of Gladys Cole.
“This has been a great experience for my daughter Kayla [Snow White] and my son, Aidan [Skipper]. I feel honored that she was able to use the songs I wrote for the play: ‘Wishing Well’ and ‘The Dwarf Song,’” parent Megan Gilbert said. “The kids have been acting with G.Cole productions for over two years and I feel so lucky to have them with a director that is creative, fun and has more patience than I imagine a saint would. This is a total community theater and all parents help so much.”
With a full cast of children aged 5 to 14 years old, Cole had her hands full keeping everyone focused and on-task.
The cast was made up of children from Cranston, Warwick, Richmond, Pawtucket, East Providence, South Kingstown and East Greenwich.
Kayla Gilbert (Snow White), Maya Madison (The Queen), Neala Pyne (The Mirror), Liam DeRosa (The King) and Kyle Denson Yay (The Prince) all filled the lead roles.
Other players included Jacqueline Buffery (Narrator No. 1), Olivia Sturtervant (Narrator No. 2), Annalise Curry (Lady Margot), Kate Curry (Lady Sybil), Robert Bourvier (The Huntsman) and Grayson Carrier (The Tree).
The Queen Spirits were Jamisen Geyer (Witch Hazel), Dilys Wiening (Rose Thorn), Lily Soares (Ginger Root) and Kristen McConnell (Fireseed).
The Dwarves were portrayed by: Aidan Gilbert (Skipper), Marinn Danis (Chipper), Brady Burden (Giddy), Caden Burden (a-Choo), Remmy Danis (Grouchy), Kristen McConnell (Wall-Flower) and Raegan Garcia (Snores-a-lot).
The Forest Animals were: Alannah Curry (Bunny), Emily Panas (Bumble Bee), Payton Garcia (Squirrel), Morgan Panas (Deer), Rose Bouvier (Owl) and Sophia Poirier (Blue Bird).
"It's really fun acting with Miss Gladys. She makes everybody feel like their role is special,” said Kayla Gilbert, a 12-year-old Bain Middle School student and actress.
Aidan Gilbert, a 10-year-old student and actor from Stadium Elementary School, added his praise.
"I like playing a part of a dwarf and being able to sing the song my mom wrote for us."
For this production, the children started rehearsing in March.
“G.Cole Productions was started in 2013 with a production of Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon at the Artistic Exchange in Cranston. Then I directed Holka Polka at William Hall Library and I knew I wanted to only produce children’s theatre. So I changed the name to G.Cole Productions Children’s Theatre Company. My goal is to empower children though theatre: to give children organization, leadership, and public speaking skills to develop confidence and know that dreams are possible. I have been very fortunate that Adrienne Gallo at William Hall Library has allowed me to use the library for rehearsals and my productions,” Cole said.
G.Cole Productions is a community theatre and is only successful with the help of the parents of the children that participate in the productions. Parents help with all aspects of shows costumes, props, set-design, usher, front house, tickets sales and backstage crew.
Cole received her associate’s degree in fine arts from the Community College of Rhode Island. She was mentored by the late Jeffery Butterworth, who encouraged her to choreograph her first children’s show. She interned at John V. Doyle School’s drama production of Lullaby of Broadway. Butterworth also gave her a chance to write her first play, Only Monday. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts & Science from Rhode Island College.
“I knew that I wanted to have a career in theatre. My goal for G.Cole Productions is to continue to empower children though theatre. I feel so blessed that I have this wonderful career teaching and directing children’s theatre,” she said.
To learn more about her upcoming production at William Hall library, visit www.facebook.com/GCOLE-Productions-362962920506316.