Lincoln Park to present ‘Snow White the Ballet’
MIDLAND, Pa. — A classic fairy tale comes to life through original choreography, stunning costumes, and music written by Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School alumnus and current Boston Conservatory at Berklee, sophomore Zachary Mendola, in the world premiere of “Snow White the Ballet” at Lincoln Park Feb. 15-17. Tickets are available online at www.lincolnparkarts.org/events or by calling the Lincoln Park Box office 724-576-4644.
“This is a special show for us this season, as patrons will be only one of four audiences that have the chance to see and hear this beautiful show before it goes out into the world to be performed at other venues,” said Justin Fortunato, producing artistic director at Lincoln Park.
“We are thrilled to have Lincoln Park Charter School alumnus Zachary Mendola bringing an original work back home to the Lincoln Park stage. With a 20-piece orchestra conducted by Zach himself, this is a totally new retelling of one of the most loved fairytales of all time.”
First released by the Brothers Grimm in 1892 and popularized by the 1937 Walt Disney film, the original roots of the story are explored in “Snow White the Ballet,” while still incorporating some of the aspects we have all grown to love: a merry band of Seven Dwarfs, an evil queen, a magic mirror and more. Incorporating ballet, pointe, modern, ballroom and character dance, this is Lincoln Park’s first dance production accompanied by a live orchestra.
“Working with a live orchestra in a ballet is very special because the dancers get to watch the conductor for cues, the music can be sped up or slowed down as needed, as well as accents that can be hit between the dancer and the orchestra,” said director and choreographer Jennifer Verba. “Our youngest cast member is just 5 years old and our oldest is 18. Six of the costumes were designed for us in Romania. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the entire cast.”
Lincoln Park is also hosting a ticketed, interactive pre-show event on Saturday, Feb. 16 prior to the 2 p.m. performance, “Dancing With the Seven Dwarfs.” Children will dance with the Seven Dwarfs on the Lincoln Park stage, attend a backstage tour, and enjoy light refreshments before the show begins.
Dancing the tale to life is a 49-member cast that features some of the freshest and most energetic young talent the region has to offer, including 18 Beaver County residents. The Beaver County cast members are senior Abigail Antonini of Midland; 11th-graders Courtney Bearer of Rochester, Nadine Fox of Beaver, and Alexa Guadagnoli of Aliquippa; 10th-graders Bailey Diamond of Beaver Falls, Caroline Fawcett of Baden, and Ava McMillen of Beaver Falls; ninth-grader Christianna Brown of Aliquippa, Karina Pisano of Aliquippa, Aaron Shanor of Rochester, Aubrey Shanor of Rochester, and Todd Turner of Ambridge; seventh-graders Julia Fawcett of Baden, Catessa Guadagnoli of Aliquippa, and grades six and under Brooklynn Courteau of Beaver (College Square Elementary School), Delaney Nagle of Beaver (Sts. Peter and Paul School), Juliet Pisano of Aliquippa (Hopewell Area School District), and Cadence Verba of Industry (Fairview Elementary). The cast also includes senior Isabella Ray of Sewickley.
“Snow White the Ballet” is presented as part of “You’re Home,” Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center’s 2018-2019 Highmark Blue Cross / Blue Shield Subscription Series. The region’s premier arts-and-education destination, Lincoln Park is located in a beautiful park setting in Midland (Beaver County) Pennsylvania. The Center is home to the renowned Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School, and creates authentic, real-world learning opportunities for young people by offering high-quality, professionally-produced musicals, plays, concerts, ballets, readings, and exhibits for patrons of all ages.