PLAY REVIEW: ‘Rose Red’ aims to be as famous as her sister

By Lori Hansen • Last Updated 12:27 pm on Thursday, March 15, 2012


Rose Red (Brandy Foster) at a press conference, telling of an encounter of a worm in an apple, as her friends and family excitedly stand by, waiting for her to become famous, in the MCC drama class production of “The Adventures of Rose Red (Snow White’s Less-Famous Sister)” showing Saturday and Sunday at the Barn Theater. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

“Snow White is one of the most famous fairy tales of all time. This story isn’t about her, but about her younger sister, Rose Red,” the narrator explains to the audience.

“The Adventures of Rose Red (Snow White’s less-famous sister)” is presented by Montcalm Community College’s drama class, a comedy by Sean Abley that is suitable for all ages.

“We read through several selections that fit the number of people we would have in the cast and picked this one because it is just so funny,” said Carolyn Johnson, director and drama class instructor. “We liked that it incorporated the many different fairy tales, but then was modernized as well.”

Performances are 2 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday at MCC’s Barn Theater. Admission is free and the house doors will open one hour before each performance. Seating is limited so Johnson advises showing up early to ensure a seat.

“Fairy tales were written to teach a lesson and it seems for a while many people were growing up and yet not becoming familiar with them. Another reason for choosing this is fairy tales seem to be making a resurgence as we are seeing television shows such as ‘Grimm’ and ‘Once Upon a Time’ and many of the current movies based on princesses,” Johnson said, “This play brought out many of the familiar characters, but let the cast add to the characters.”

The story begins as Rose Red has just turned 13 and the pressure is on to become famous like her sister.

Rose Red, played convincingly by Brandy Foster, talks with her friend Miss Muffet, portrayed perkily by Izzy Williams, on their I-mirrors, incorporating the latest gossip about other Nursery Rhyme characters in their dialogue. Rose Red shares with Miss Muffet, and later with her father and ‘evil’ stepmother, the pressure she faces to become famous.

“Don’t worry. Someday you’ll do something weird that will make you famous, too,” says her father Mr. Blush, played strongly by Tyler Young.

“What if I don’t want to be famous? What if I only want to be normal?” Rose Red bemoans.

Her parents even help by buying a “Get Famous” package from the Fairy Godmother (Jenny Lee Powers) who will grant one wish between the ages of 13 and 18.

“Someday you will realize you want to do something very important and everything will fall into place,” the Fairy Godmother says.

Rose Red sees the paparazzi (Nick Theisen as Jacob Grimm) pursuing Snow White (Amanda Waite), Goldilocks (Ashley Larsen) and Cinderella (Megan Waite) and doesn’t desire that lifestyle, yet feels it is expected of her.

“What are you going to do to make a name for yourself? All the good stuff is going fast,” Cinderella asks.

Scene changes are quick with only minor shuffling of props and costumes suit the characters, yet have an up-to-date twist.

Rose Red’s friends, Miss Muffet and Hansel and Gretel (portrayed with great accents by Jonathon Williams and Colleen Stanley) try to help think of a “hot-off-the-press” story.

“Is it okay not to be famous, and not have your story in the papers, then made into a book and then a movie and then you become an action figure?” Rose Red wonders.

Later Rose Red meets Frog, also played by Williams, who encourages Rose Red to be herself, and that people will like her for who she is.

“What do you do when everyone tries to make you into something you are not?  You be yourself, and be honest, and they will move on,” Frog encourages Rose Red.

In her struggle to choose between doing what everyone else wants and forging her own path, Rose Red can’t help but wonder if a girl who is “just normal” can live happily ever after.


If you go …

What: “The Adventures of Rose Red (Snow White’s less-famous sister)”
Where: Montcalm Community College’s Barn Theater
When: 2 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday
Tickets: Admission is free; doors will open one hour before performance

Cast: Narrator/Villager Three/Spider/Big Bad Wolf, Nate Dora; Snow White, Amanda Waite; Rose Red, Brandy Foster; Miss Muffet, Izzy Wiliams; Miss Muffet’s Mom/Magic Mirror, Amanda hall; Mr. Blush, Tyler Young; Mrs. Blush, Tanya Douglas; Jacob Grimm, Nick Theisen; Prince Charming, Nick Cooper; Fairy Godmother, Jenny Lee Pwers; Goldilocks/Villager Two, Ashley Larsen; Baby Bear/Villager One, Cody Ambrose; Cinderella, Megan Waite; Gretel/Red Riding Hood, colleen Stanley; and Hansel/Frog/Jack, Jonathon Williams.

Crew: Carolyn Johnson, director and class instructor; Jonathon Heath, technical director; Val VanderMark, producer; Lindsey Powell, program cover art; Callie Ewell, program

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