“SNOW WHITE – AN ENCHANTING NEW MUSICAL”
CAPTIVATING AUDIENCES AT DISNEYLAND
Show Now Playing to Enthusiastic Crowds at Fantasyland Theatre
February 23, 2004 – “Snow White – An Enchanting New Musical,” an all-new stage show that brings to life the lovable characters and memorable songs that make this one of Disney's all-time classics, is now performing at the Fantasyland Theatre inside Disneyland in Anaheim.
Matt Ouimet , President of the Disneyland Resort said, “Our Snow White theatrical production is the most elaborate musical ever produced at Disneyland , continuing to build on Walt Disney's vision of offering innovative and magical entertainment for our guests. This enchanting new production will delight families and immerse park guests in the fun, romance, humor, adventure and magic of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” and features classic songs and characters, including Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Sneezy, Bashful and Dopey, first introduced in 1937 film.” Award-winning actor Patrick Stewart, best known for his roles on television's “Star Trek” and on the stage, is the voice of the Magic Mirror. It is presented several times per day and is free to park guests with paid admission to Disneyland .
“Our goal is to bring extraordinary talents who have made their reputations both on Broadway and in the theatre, and that have created some of the most spectacular attractions here at Disneyland - to the making of a musical experience that brings to life one of our company's most beloved stories for all families – and the child in all of us,” Ouimet added.
“Snow White – An Enchanting New Musical” has been created by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment, headed by Executive Vice President Anne Hamburger, as a piece of theatre for families with younger children. The team assembled by Creative Entertainment for “Snow White” is led by one of musical theatre's most important new figures, Eric Schaeffer, who has directed over 20 musical productions, including on Broadway and in the West End .
Schaeffer is artistic director of the Signature Theatre in Washington , D.C. , one of the country's leading musical theatres. Last year Schaeffer also was the artistic director of the acclaimed Stephen Sondheim Celebration at The Kennedy Center. For that festival, he directed “Passion” and “Sunday in the Park with George,” among eight of Sondheim's works he has directed during his career.
The choreographer is Karma Camp, who has both Broadway and off-Broadway credits, and as Schaeffer's Artistic Associate at Signature Theatre, she has collaborated with him on more than ten productions. The libretto is by stage and television writer Darrah Cloud, winner of NEA and Rockefeller grants and the Frederick Loewe Musical Theatre Award, and Norman Allen, the recipient of a Charles MacArthur award for outstanding New Play and two regional Emmy Awards. The costumes are by Broadway and regional designer Ellen McCartney, the lighting is by Paulie Jenkins, orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, and the musical composer and arranger is Timothy Mark Williams. Michael Curry, who is the co-designer of the masks and puppets of “The Lion King” on Broadway, designed the Magic Mirror.
The scenery is by Tom Butsch, who designed the spectacular and memorable “Fantasmic!” and “The Hunchback of Notre Dame Festival of Fools” at Disneyland . Butsch has based the look of the production on the visual art of Maxfield Parrish (1870-1966), whose work was very popular at the time of the release of the original film. Parrish created an immersive world of nature with his work, and his aesthetic helped define the visual style of the early half of the 20th century.
The score, with music and lyrics by Frank Churchill and Larry Morey, is one of the best known of any musical. “Whistle While You Work,” “I'm Wishing,” “One Song,” “Heigh Ho,” “The Washing Song (Bluddle-Uddle-Um-Dum),” “The Silly Song” and “Some Day My Prince Will Come” are all performed in this new production.