The traditional version of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” has plenty of dark plot twists, fairy tale romance and adorable forest inhabitants.
Add some improvisational comedy and audience participation and you get “The Commedia Snow White,” now playing at the Columbia Children’s Theatre.
“Snow White” is the fifth summer performance by The Spaghetti and Meatball Players, an acting troupe that specializes in fractured fairy tales.
Columbine, Rosetta, Pantalone, Punchin and Arlequino will tell the story of the fair-skinned princess and her seven small friends in the style of commedia dell’arte, an improvisational style of street theater that has its roots in 16th century Italy. That means there will be plenty of physical comedy, audience participation and surprise twists to the traditional story.
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Family-friendly performances are Sunday, June 15 and June 22 at 3 p.m., and Saturday, June 21 at 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. An additional “Late Night Date Night” performance will be held on Friday, June 20 at 8 p.m.
Columbia Children’s Theatre is located on the second level of Richland Mall, 3400 Forest Drive in Columbia.
Tickets are $10 for adults and children 3 and older. Children younger than 3 are free. And admission for seniors and active-duty military is $8. Tickets can be purchased online at columbiachildrenstheatre.com.
Bridget Winston, Special to The State