The spring performance is usually held later in the year. The earlier date coupled with the missed rehearsal time when the company traveled to New York City for master ballet classes and sightseeing has pushed the company to learn their dances more quickly.
"We've been rushing to finish," Sweat said last week. "I won't be able to put the pas de deux together until Wednesday when Forrest Fillhour, who plays the Prince, gets into town."
Fillhour, 17, studies dance at the School of American Ballet, the official school of the New York City Ballet. He has danced with River City Youth Ballet in previous productions.
The hour-long, children-friendly performance also features 17-year-old Noel Frame, a junior at Capitol High School, as the wicked Queen and Chris Terpening as the man in the mirror. Artistic Director Michelle Raider added dialogue to the ballet, including the opening scene when Terpening answers the Queen's famous "Who's the fairest of them all?" query.
"I thought the dialogue would help move the story along and involve the audience," she said.
The all-youth cast includes seven 10- and 11- year old girls who dance the parts of the dwarves. The girls cluster around Sweat in rehearsals and seek her attention.
"It's fun working with them. They're all telling me their stories," she said. "I remember when I was young I wanted to get the older girls' attention."
The ballet packs a lot in an hour performance, with scenes with the talking mirror, the huntsman's rescue, Snow White's time in the woods, the dance with the dwarves, the witch's visit with the poisoned apple and return to the castle, the prince's saving kiss and the wedding.
The River City Youth Ballet is the official Youth Ballet for the state of West Virginia.
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