‘Snow White’ comes to life at community center

Nate Cairney
Kaiserslautern American

***image1***Some classic fairy tale characters will spring to life in a big way this weekend at the Ramstein Community Center, as Razz-Ma-Tazz Family Theater stages “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” a musical comedy.

“This is our biggest show yet,” said Paula Fairbrother, the play’s director. “Fifty volunteers contributed over 2,200 hours and worked nearly three months to bring this production to the community center’s stage.  More than 600 hours went into creating the elaborate set.”

The show, which combines comedy, music and drama, uses 18 actors to bring the fairy tale to life. The performers are a mix of experienced Razz-Ma-Tazz players and first-timers, and the dwarfs are played by actors age 10 to 14.  In addition, the play features several former award-winning actors, including Lizz Lee (Mirror), David Jones (Huntsman), Elena Fritz (Happy), Juliana Knaup (Sneezy), Jake Ronza (Bashful). New faces are also ready to please audiences as the lovely Snow White (Karen Malone) avoids the Queen’s (Sam Ouen Neece) wicked plot to be the fairest in the land, while the dwarfs keep a watchful eye over the sleeping princess until the arrival of the handsome Prince (Doug Devries).

“The amount of talent on the stage and behind the scenes is incredible,” said Ms. Fairbrother.  “I am always amazed at the amount of time people are willing to contribute to this program.  They all have jobs, school, kids to care for, and yet, they are here on the weekends painting and building and here during the week to rehearse. My hat is off to this great group of volunteers who put so much time and effort to bring something wonderful to the KMC.”

The play is entered into the U.S. Army Europe Tournament of Plays and will be competing against 22 other military theaters throughout Europe. Four judges will be coming to Ramstein Community Center Sunday to judge the play and recognition will be given at the “Toppers” award ceremony in Heidelberg Pavilion on April 22. 

“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” plays 6:30 p.m. today and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday.  Tickets are on sale at Ramstein Community Center, and cost $5 for adults and $4 for children ages 3 to 12.