"Hi-ho! Hi-ho! You ought to see the show." That is the song that drama students at North Carroll High School are singing as they invite the public to their production of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs of the Black Forest."
Directed by drama teacher Roberta Rooney, the play gives the students an opportunity to showcase the school's wealth of talent.
"We picked the play with a play-reading committee because it was fun and it offered more people the opportunity to act," Ms. Rooney said.
This version of the children's story involves Queen Bella, played by 17-year-old senior Debbie Fleming, and her desire to be the most beautiful in the land. This is thwarted by the presence of Snow White, played by freshman Becca Raub.
"It was hard at first to be really nasty," said Debbie. "But the play is really fun and kids will enjoy it."
Ms. Rooney agrees.
"There is a major difference between watching TV and watching a play. With this play, there is some audience participation. It's fun for us and the kids."
"It's real," added Rainbow Colder, a 16-year-old junior who plays Bonnie the bunny and has been in three North Carroll productions. "It's like 3-D TV, only better."
The action revolves around the nasty queen trying to get rid of pTC Snow White, whom the queen's mirror has proclaimed the "fairest of them all."
The cast of characters ranges from Time to two bunnies, Bunny and Bonnie, who are Snow White's constant companions. And of course, there are the dwarfs.
"We get to walk around on our knees," said Eric Lyga, a 17-year-old senior who plays Hickory. He is also a member of the Carroll Players theatrical group and calls "Snow White" "different than anything I've ever done before."
The students take the job of being funny very seriously.
"It's work as well as fun," said Amy Wallace, 16, a sophomore who plays Tillie. "Ms. Rooney is an inspiration. She has so much energy that you can't not want to work."
Liz Piper, an 18-year-old senior, has been cast in the role of Maid Dim Witty, the queen's servant.
"I get to be really dumb and everybody teases me all of the time about it," said Liz. "Dim Witty admires the queen and she does everything for her, but she messes up big time."
The previous production, "Dracula," had more serious subject matter.
"It ['Snow White'] is a lot different from the last play. It is not a drama so you can go wild with it," said Liz.
Jason Durham, an 18-year-old senior, played the lead in "Dracula" and has landed the prime part of Prince Goodhearted in this play.
"There is no limit to the exaggeration. It's fun since it is for kids," Jason said.
There is also a love story: The awkward Prince Goodhearted has a crush on Snow White.
"It was hard to act shy," said Jason.
The play combines drama, comedy and music to make a statement about the emphasis placed on beauty and the importance of seeing people for who they are inside.
"Adults should come because the play is made for kids but some of the lines the adults will get and the kids won't. It appeals to all ages," said Matt Naylor, a 17-year-old junior who plays King Absent-Minded.
The play will be performed at 7 p.m. today and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. tomorrow in the auditorium of the school.
General admission is $3, and there will be no reserved seating.
The school is at 3801 Hampstead-Mexico Road, Hampstead.