Snow White and the Black Forest


At 6:30 p.m. on May 24, children grinning ear-to-ear skipped down the halls of the West Ranch theater with anticipation twinkling in their eyes. The lights dimmed, but the expression on their faces brightened instantaneously as they settled into cushioned blue seats alongside smiling parents.They had come to see the Theatre Arts 2 class put on “Snow White and the Black Forest” that catered to the younger crowd of the Santa Clarita Valley.

Beloved theatre teacher Mr. Cook warmly greeted the audience, encouraging the kids to actively participate in the engaging show and the adults in the room to embrace their child at heart. He explained that the play was a unique West Ranch adaptation of the original Brothers Grimm narrative.

A vivid purple light washed over the stage and the magic began. The actors and actresses, adorned in perfectly crafted costumes, told the age-old classic with undeniable charm. Although they kept a very similar storyline to the original tale, the theatre class added a few personal twists to the characters and plot. A couple of the dwarf characters renamed their characters “Sassy” and “Clumsy” to better suit their personalities.

Snow White’s father is the land’s king, and the story begins as he marries a new woman after the death of his beloved spouse. The new queen is a wicked woman whose only desire is to be pronounced the “fairest in the land” by her magic mirror. When it declares that her step-daughter Snow White is indeed fairer than she, the malicious queen sends her huntsman to eliminate her from the picture. The performers proceeded through the plot with perfect pace and portrayed the events to the young crowd flawlessly.

Although the production lasted only 40 enchanting minutes, the children’s initial captivated looks remained even when the lights brightened to signal that the show had come to a close. The cast sat on the edge of the stage after their performance and answered any questions the kids in the audience had regarding the play. From explaining the process of adapting and reenacting the story to describing situations where they utilized improv, the actors and actresses brought everyone in the crowd closer to the world of theatre. Furthermore, each and every child received an opportunity to tour the whimsical set and take pictures with their favorite performers.

West Ranch theatre’s “Snow White and the Black Forest” was an extraordinary experience that added a touch of fairytale magic into the crowd’s hearts. Although it targeted a younger audience, the adults and teenagers in the room had wide smiles planted on their faces for the duration of the production.

Great job West Ranch theatre!