Tales twisted in upcoming Valleytown show

  • Victoria Stiles as Wicked Fairy, Brianna Rickett as Wicked Witch, Grace Allen as Wicked Queen and Ann Williams as Wicked Stepmother try to convince Fairy Godmother, played by Angela Stiles, to help them stop Snow White’s wedding during Wicked is as Wicked Does.
    Victoria Stiles as Wicked Fairy, Brianna Rickett as Wicked Witch, Grace Allen as Wicked Queen and Ann Williams as Wicked Stepmother try to convince Fairy Godmother, played by Angela Stiles, to help them stop Snow White’s wedding during Wicked is as Wicked Does.
  • While doing her mandated community service, the Wicked Queen, played by Grace Allen, finds her Magic Mirror, played by Kencade Watkins, in the trash.
    While doing her mandated community service, the Wicked Queen, played by Grace Allen, finds her Magic Mirror, played by Kencade Watkins, in the trash.
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    Andrews – In fairy tales, not everyone lives happily ever after. The Community Youth Players/Act 2 production of Wicked is as Wicked Does will show the aftermath of fairy tales starting Friday night at the Valleytown Cultural Arts Center.
    The show runs Sept. 20-22 and Sept. 27-29, with performances at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with a 3 p.m. matinee on Sundays. Actors range from elementary school students to adults.
    The play, by Todd Wallinger, centers around the wickeds – Snow White’s Wicked Queen (Grace Allen), Cinderella’s Wicked Stepmother (Ann Williams), sleeping beauty’s Wicked Fairy (Victoria Stiles) and the frog prince’s Wicked Witch (Brianna Rickett) – and their plot to stop Snow White’s wedding to Prince Intolerable. Magic has already been outlawed by the prince, who plans to send the wickeds away once he is married.
    Jordan Muzzy, a student board member for the Community Youth Players, suggested the show for the group to perform this fall.
    “This show is a lot of fun, and I’m very excited for it,” she said. “I think people will enjoy it.”
    Muzzy, a senior from Hayesville, will take the stage again as Princess Tatiana, the frog princess, in this production. Muzzy has been in several plays, but her first time on stage at Valleytown was as Mayzie in Seussical.
    Wicked is as Wicked Does features young actors from across region, including Muzzy, Russell Frederick from Robbinsville and the Stiles family from Hiwassee Dam.
    “There’s kids from all around the area,” Muzzy said. “These kids are so good at what they do, and I’m so proud of them.”
    “We are just so blessed to have them coming to us,” said director Lori Coffey of Andrews.
    Frederick, a 13 year-old homeschool student, plays the role of Prince Intolerable. “I like to perform and be someone I’m not,” Frederick said, adding that he tries not to be intolerable in real life.
    This is his third show for Community Youth Players, having played to roles of John in Peter Pan and Gatekeeper in The Littlest Angel.
    “I’m pretty much the villain, and I’m not used to being the villain in a show,” he said.
    The actress who plays Snow White, Haley Culpepper, is a 16-year-old homeschool junior who lives in both Murphy and Raleigh. She said she’s on a theme, as her previous role at Valleytown was Princess Tiger Lily in Peter Pan.
    Although she likes that Snow is still a kind character, Culpepper enjoys getting to show the character “get mad in a split second” when her prince annoys her. “It’s fun to see the characters come to life,” she said.
    Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children. They are available at the door as well as by contacting Coffey at 361-2781 or vcyp.act2@gmail.com.
    While ticket prices help with the costs of a production, they do not cover everything. The non-profit group is looking for sponsors for its community theater season.
    For details, visit vcahs.com.