Press Release - Snow White 2016


Anime-Inspired Adaptation Returns to NWCT Stage

Friday, April 1, 2016

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Who’s afraid of a poison apple? When a jealous queen’s rule is threatened by the “fairest of them all”, the seven spirits must be united to liberate a kingdom. NW Children’s Theater presents Snow White, a fast-paced, award-winning original that reimagines the classic fairytale as an epic, anime-inspired adventure featuring thrilling martial arts sequences and live Taiko-inspired drumming.

Everyone in the kingdom agrees that the queen (Deirdre Atkinson) is fairest in the land. For years, the kingdom has enjoyed prosperity and peace under her rule, with her two step-daughters Snow White (Sophie Mackay) and Rose Red (Kaylee Bair) at her side. This peace is shattered when the queen’s faithful Mirror (Kevin-Michael Moore) names Snow White as fairest in the land. Desperate to protect the status and power that beauty has granted her, the Queen resorts to deception, treachery, and dark magic, turning sister and against sister and forcing Snow White to flee the kingdom. Her journey leads her to the land of spirits where she discovers the truth of the Queen’s beauty, her own family, and the foundation of the kingdom itself.

The award-winning creative team of Milo Mowery and Rody Ortega have collaborated to write and compose five NWCT original productions, including the award-winning steampunk Pinocchio (2010), El Zorrito (2012), Peter Pan (2013), and last season’s high-flying aerial and clowning spectacular, The Little Mermaid. In adapting Snow White they were interested in moving away from a love story in which Snow White is a passive protagonist in her own story. To that end, this re-telling casts Snow White as a warrior and adventurer forced to confront the power that beauty has bestowed upon her and the responsibility that comes with that power.

In order to reset the audience’s relationship to this very familiar story the creative team sought a frame that would match the epic nature of the adaptation. This production draws heavily on the visual styles present in anime and manga, with bold, dramatic use of color and design choices intended to make the characters and settings appear more “animated.” Actors transform themselves onstage through the fantastically imaginative costume designs of Mary Rochon (five-time Drammy Award Winner).

Snow White is the final production in NWCT’s 23rd Season of Plays, and will feature the final Sensory Friendly performance of the season. Featuring shorter run-times, no intermission, reduced or removed lighting and sound cues, and the constant presence of house lights, these performances are specifically designed for children on the autism spectrum or with other sensory sensitivities. These performances are accompanied by a unique Social Story to help guide families through the entire theater experience from parking lot to the final bows. NWCT’s 2015-16 Season featured four Sensory Friendly performances free of charge thanks to generous funding from Pacific Power Foundation, Umpqua Bank, and The Jackson Foundation. NWCT will also offer and ASL-interpreted performance on Saturday, May 7 at noon.

Snow White is produced in part through the support of the Collins Foundation, Regional Arts and Culture Council and Work for Art, Kafoury & McDougal, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, the Oregon Arts Commission, and NWCT Donor Circle Members. More than 5,000 school children will travel to the land of the Seven Spirits during twelve student matinee performances. 

WHERE: NW Neighborhood Cultural Center • 1819 NW Everett Street, Portland • Participants pick up their event programs and start tour here.


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WHEN: April 23, 2016 - May 20, 2016 (April 23, 24, 30 & May 1, 6*, 7**, 8, 13*, 14, 15, 20*, 21, 22***)

SHOW TIMES: Noon & 4:00 pm (* 7:00 pm show only) (** the noon show is ASL interpreted) (*** noon show only)

WHERE: NW Neighborhood Cultural Center • 1819 NW Everett Street, Portland • Participants pick up their event programs and start tour here.

TICKETS: 503-222-4480 or online at

INFO: 503-222-4480 or


Release Date: April 1, 2016

Kill Date: May 22, 2016

Media Contact: To set up interviews or discuss other possibilities for feature stories, please contact: Marri-Beth Serritella, Sucha Production at 503-528-1370 or



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