Becoming a princess

Musselman High freshman makes Old Opera House debut as Snow White

Musselman High freshman makes Old Opera House debut as Snow White

July 21, 2009|By AMANDA KREHBIEL / Pulse correspondent

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- Since she was 11, Kayla France of Bunker Hill, W.Va., has been acting in everything from school plays to community theater.

Now 14 and about to start her first year Musselman High School in Inwood, W.Va., Kayla has come a long way from small parts in elementary school plays.

In her first show for the Old Opera House Theater Company, Kayla landed the lead role of Snow White in "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."

The show is one of two youth productions produced by the Old Opera House (see story below). The show is being staged Thursday and Saturday.


The Old Opera House's version of "Snow White" is closer to that of the Grimms Brothers' "Fairy Tales," than the traditional Disney version.

"It's very different from the Disney version everyone knows," Kayla says. "It's still kid friendly, but it's more in reality than the whole fairytale world of Disney. There is no magic and no special kiss to wake Snow White up."

Because the plot is less of a fairy tale and more of a realistic story, Kayla says Snow White isn't as beautiful and perfect as she is in the Disney movie.

And she certainly does not get to wear beautiful gowns as the Disney princess does. Instead of ball gowns, Snow White is dressed more like a cleaning lady, because that's what she is to the queen, not a stepdaughter, but a maid.

In the Disney's movie, after the Snow White eats the poisonous apple given to her by the queen, she goes into a "deep sleep." Prince Charming then kisses her awake, they fall in love and live happily ever after. But this is not so in The Old Opera House's version, Snow White simply coughs up the apple, and then wakes up.

Kayla says she has trouble finding roles because most of the shows are for actors and actresses who are 16 years older and older.

But she hasn't let age stop her from following her dream.

"I've always wanted to act," Kayla says. "I think that came from watching the actors on TV and the big screen. I've just always wanted to be like them."

Kayla says she has no plans for any other shows right now, but she warned us to "be ready" for when she does.

If you go ...

What: "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 23, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 25

Where: Old Opera House, 204 N. George St., Charles Town, W.Va.

Cost: $12 for adults, $8 for students

Contact: For tickets, call the Old Opera House at 304-725-4420.

More: For more information, go to www.oldopera

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