Hilliard's Davidson and Bradley high schools both have fall theatrical productions this weekend.
The Davidson High School drama department will perform Snow White and the Bradley High School drama department will perform Alice in Wonderland.
Performances of Snow White are slated at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, and at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 and Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Performing Arts Center at Davidson High School, 5100 Davidson Road.
Performances of Alice in Wonderland are slated at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, and at noon Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Performing Arts Center at Bradley High School, 2800 Walker Road.
Both productions will follow feature a special children's activity following the matinee performances Oct. 6.
Each production is the first time each director has presented the respective material.
"I chose Snow White because of the interest all the different versions and remakes have created in the past several years," said Greg Kembitzky, associate drama director at Davidson High School. Diana Vance is the production's technical director.
"Our version sticks pretty close to the Walt Disney version," said Kembitzky, except copyright laws prevent us from using the original names of the seven dwarfs.
It is based on Tim Kelly's adaptation of the Brothers Grimm fairytale, Snow White, later popularized by Disney.
Davidson sophomore Laura Falb plays Snow White. Junior Emily Prior plays Queen Esmeralda.
Additional cast members include senior Nick Faltas as the Huntsman; sophomore Alanna Schultz as the Enchanted Fox; junior Robbie Lynn as Prince Robert; freshman Caleb Crawford as the Cat; and junior Henry Rozenman as the Walking, Talking Magic Mirror.
Students use puppets to perform as the seven dwarfs, led by senior Sam McTurner as Sarge. Other dwarfs are played by senior Emma Timan as Gloomy Gus; sophomore Maria Mason as Ticklish; senior Abbey Bumbledare as Spritely; senior Scott Manning as Snore; junior Nick Morbitt as Gabby; and senior Lilly Skunza as Slowpoke.
Kembitzky said the performance runs about 45 minutes, not including a 15-minute intermission.
"It's a fairytale for people of all ages," he said.
Tickets are $5 at the door.
On Oct. 6, children will have the opportunity to share a picnic with Snow White and the cast and throw marshmallows at the evil queen. Seats are limited to children, but adults may join them for pictures. Tickets are $5.
The life-sized puppets, created and designed by Greg and Kim Kembitzky and Kelly Hummel, will be raffled after the Oct. 7 matinee. Tickets will be on sale at the start, intermission and conclusion of the final performance.
At Bradley High School, theater director Lucas Bovenizer will direct Alice in Wonderland.
Kate Weiant is the assistant director.
"The kids wanted to do Alice in Wonderland," Bovenizer said. "There have been many different scripts for it and I think most of them have been poor ... so we stuck with the original script based on the Charlotte Chorpenning adaptation of Lewis Carroll novels Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass."
The cast for Alice in Wonderland includes Sydney Metz as Alice, Tom Shepherd as the White Rabbit and Amanda Wheldon as the Queen of Hearts.
"Our production is a little shorter than usual, about 65 minutes, and is designed for an audience of children. ... But there is comedy for adults, too," Bovenizer said. "The kids will be engaged by the pictures, while older children and adults will appreciate the dialogue."
Bovenizer said he compressed the first two acts of the play into a single act, with the traditional third act, the trial, following intermission.
Tickets are $5 at the door, and $3 for students, children and senior citizens.
An event for children, the Kid's Carnival, will follow the Oct. 6 matinee.