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‘Snow White’ sings with young cast at Act Out Theatre in Dunmore May 20-22

‘Snow White’ sings with young cast at Act Out Theatre in Dunmore May 20-22
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From a press release:

Act Out Theatre Group will present the musical “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” with a young cast from Friday, May 20 through Sunday, May 22 in Dunmore.

“The production is based off of the classic fairy tale and is a perfect way to introduce young children to theatre,” said Kalen Churcher, the production’s director.

“Audience members will most certainly recognize some of the characters and will, no doubt, be singing along to some of the music by the end.”

Sophia Tomasino of Shavertown plays Snow White. The 11-year-old was quite surprised when she learned she was chosen for the title role.

“Playing a role like Snow White is honestly so fun. The costumes, the songs, and the characters overall are great,” she enthused. “I love the role and wouldn’t trade it, though all the other roles are fun too.”

Tomasino shares the stage with 15 other children from Luzerne and Lackawanna counties, including her brother Giuseppe Jr., who plays the woodsman, and twin brothers Rocco and Guy, who play the Wicked Queen’s palace cats.

Other cast members include Ayza Ali of Jenkins Township as the Wicked Queen, Isabella Barilka (Olyphant) as Esmerelda and the crone, Miguel Rodriguez (Scranton) as the Prince, Clark Aguirre (Clarks Summit) as the magic mirror, Arianna Kazimi (Harveys Lake) as the enchanted Vixen, and the seven dwarfs: Makayala Franckowiak (Waymart) as Sarge, Helen Zayac (Throop) as Spritely, Amya McKean (Scranton) as Ticklish, Madison Franckowiak (Waymart) as Gabby, Grace Kulick (Scranton) as Gloomy Gus, Hannah Kazimi (Harveys Lake) as Snore, and Michael Hajkowski (Dallas) as Slowpoke.

The Wicked Queen (Isabella Barilka) offers Snow White (Sophia Tomasino) a bite from a beautiful – but poisonous – apple.

“There’s a lot of young talent in this production,” said Dan Pittman, artistic director and owner of Act Out Theatre.

“Multiple performers have never been in a production like this before. They should be really proud of all they have accomplished.”

Miguel Rodriguez of Scranton began taking acting classes at Act Out last year and hasn’t looked back. Some of his roles have included the Cat in “Seussical Jr.,” as well as Amos the werewolf in “Big Fish: School Edition.”

“My favorite thing about performing is the audience,” Rodriguez noted. “The audience is always so supporting and makes me want to keep in acting.”

“Snow White” runs May 20 at 7:30 p.m. on the Act Out stage (150 E. Grove St., Dunmore). Matinee performances will be held at 2 p.m. on May 21 and 22. Tickets, which are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors, are available online at or at the door.

Tomasino said that people should see the show because of the talented cast members – plus, there is a really fun chase scene. Rodriguez agrees.

“People should come to the show because even through the actors are just kids, we all tried our best in our own way and would love to show the people how much work we’ve done.”

Act Out Theatre Group is primarily a children’s-based workshop theater that also produces several adult-cast productions annually and offers a variety of classes in its arts and education center. The theater is now registering for two summer camps and its free summer workshop. Email Act Out directly at to register.

Playing palace cats, 5-year-old Rocco and Guy Tomasino are the youngest members of the ‘Snow White’ cast.