Snow White delight at Old Mill Theatre

Arianne Westcott-King plays Snow White

Arianne Westcott-King plays Snow White

MIRROR, mirror on the wall – which theatre has a family pantomime with it all?

Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs comes to the Old Mill Theatre this November and December, providing a cavalcade of songs, visual comedy, slapstick and audience participation.

Directed by Neroli Burton, Limelight Scripts has provided a fresh take on an old favourite – Snow White is still the fairest of them all and her wicked stepmother still uses a poisoned apple on her. But when she seeks refuge with the seven dwarfs, they’re a little different and go by the names of Prof, Drippy, Dozy, Beaky, Merry, Titch and Bigmouth.

“The story itself is very similar in that is has the seven dwarfs – even though their names are different – as well as Snow White, the prince and the wicked queen,” Burton said. “As with all pantomimes, we can take liberties with the characters and storyline.

Snow White, centre, with some of the dwarfs.

Snow White, centre, with some of the dwarfs.

“Traditionally, the prince is played by a female and the dame, which is the female comedy lead, is normally played by a man.

“Without giving too much away, our show follows the original story of the beautiful Princess Snow White dealing with her jealous stepmother.  She ends up in the forest befriended by the seven dwarfs who take her into their home to keep her safe.

“The queen puts on a disguise, finds Snow White and gives her a poisoned apple – but thank goodness there’s also a handsome prince who arrives just in time to save her.”

First stepping up to the stage as a 12-year-old with the Playhouse Junior Repertory, Burton spent 10 years with Patch Theatre and won the Ida Beeby Memorial Trophy for best student member in 1965. She’s won plenty of awards over the years with Melville and Marloo Theatres for best actress, production, director, set and costumes for shows including Hello From Bertha, The Sound of Music, The King and I, South Pacific, Oliver and The Darling Buds of May.

Prince Valentine (Sarah Christiner) and Snow White (Arianne Westcott-King)

Prince Valentine (Sarah Christiner) and Snow White (Arianne Westcott-King)

Burton has also directed My Fair Lady and The King and I at the Regal Theatre, as well as working with the Old Mill Theatre, Rockingham Entertainers and Omnibus and On Stage Productions.

“I was invited by the Old Mill Theatre to direct its final season for 2013 and, as I have always the loved pantomime genre, we felt Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs would be an appropriate show to present,” she said. “The main challenge is making sure we can bring some magic to the stage for the children who come to the show.

“Whether you’re a little one or big one and haven’t been to a pantomime before we can guarantee a fun-filled night for all.”

Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs plays at 7.30pm, November 29, 30, December 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13 and 14 with 2pm matinees November 30, December 1, 7 and 8.

Tickets are $30, $25 concession, $20 children (aged up to 10) and $90 for a family (2 adults + 2 children). Book at http://oldmilltheatre.com.au/tickets or on 9367 8719.

The heritage-listed Old Mill Theatre is on the corner of Mends Street and Mill Point Road, South Perth (opposite the Windsor Hotel and Australia Post).