With another children’s classic as her inspiration, Ballet Manila founder Lisa Macuja-Elizalde choreographs the premiere of Snow White later this month. In this original production by Ballet Manila, audiences will be treated to a spectacle of fantasy, romance, adventure, plus a healthy dose of humor all combined with classical music and ballet.
Katherine Barkman with the seven dwarves
Perhaps the biggest innovation on the ballet stage is the appearance of a magician performing feats of prestidigitation alongside one of the most reviled of all children’s book antagonists: the Evil Queen, played by Abigail Oliveiro. Combining melodic elements of the Disney film with visual cues inspired by the tales of Hans Christian Andersen, Snow White details the dilemma of the Huntsman (Alfen Salgado and Elpidio Magat alternate in the role) who is tasked to kill Snow White (played by Katherine Barkman and Joan Emery Sia). Following his change of heart, the Huntsman leaves her in the forest, where she encounters the seven dwarves Happy (Anselmo Dictado), Bashful (Kenneth Del Rosario), Sleepy (Sean Pelegrin), Doc (Glenn Ragel), Dopey (Alvin Dictado), Grumpy (John De Dios), and Sneezy (Jamil Montibon).
Learning of this betrayal, the Evil Queen assumes her disguise as the old witch to kill Snow White herself with the infamous poisoned apple. Who saves the day? The handsome Prince (Rudy de Dios, Romeo Peralta, Mark Sumaylo), of course, who carries Snow White away to live happily ever after.
Abigail Oliveiro as the Evil Queen
November 25, 26, December 2, 6, Aliw Teater, CCP Complex, Pasay; tickets available through Ticketworld, 891.9999, ticketworld.com.ph; 525.5967; balletmanila.com.ph.
This story was originally published in the November 2017 issue of Town&Country.