Valdosta Daily Times

Local News

January 31, 2014

Eventually, Ever After

A timely timeless tale about time

VALDOSTA — As the director of this year’s Valdosta State University Theatre & Dance children’s show, Sarah Wildes Arnett could not find an appropriate dance production.

There was plenty of children’s plays available, but Arnett is a VSU dance instructor, a choreographer and a dancer. She wanted a show that played to her strengths, one that would share her love for dance with children’s audiences throughout the region.

With nothing fitting the bill, Arnett created a show based on popular children’s fairy tales. One centering on the perpetually tardy White Rabbit from “Alice in Wonderland” who’s late for a Mad Hatter tea party ... as is everyone else who didn’t receive their invitations.

The show’s message to young people: Being on time and keeping promises are important. Arnett hopes children will have fun, too, watching the characters in “Eventually, Ever After.”

This is definitely Arnett’s show. She wrote it, choreographed it and directs it. Fairy tales seemed the perfect vehicle for the show she created specifically for this production.

“I took characters that people know without having to worry about introducing them,” she says. “Character development can be challenging in a dance show.”

Fairy tale characters are also in the public domain and ripe for picking for new stories. Arnett imbues her familiar fairy tale characters with modern twists. The White Rabbit, for example, has a hip-hop sensibility. The Cinderella step-sisters are more like high school “mean girls.”

Giving fairy tale characters a modern spin seems to be in vogue. Consider a whole generation’s introduction to fairy tale characters was the “Shrek” movie’s parodies of these generations-old children’s characters. But these characters have always been interpreted. The Disney fairy princess tales, for example, were adaptations of much older stories. Many fairy tales were part of an ever-changing spoken tradition before anyone ever wrote them down.

So, adding new twists, hip-hop, etc., is as much a part of the long-term fairy tale tradition as Disney setting them in animated versions of Broadway musicals.

The important thing is that children enjoy the story and learn something in the process. Following the two public performances, VSU Theatre & Dance will take “Eventually, Ever After” on the road to regional schools through February and March.

As Arnett mentions in her director’s notes, she hopes audiences “will welcome the shift from the old stories of fate and love at first sight to tales encouraging collaboration and respect for each other’s time.”

Text Only
Local News
  • doug henderson.jpg Memorial tourney returns

    The Doug Henderson III Memorial Golf Tournament has raised thousands of dollars for scholarship funds and to help organizations throughout the region.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • 041914-WA-Egghunt021.jpg Park puts wild spin on Easter tradition

    Adventurous egg hunters braved overcast skies and a persistent drizzle to search for hidden prizes Saturday during Wild Adventure’s first Ostrich Egg Hunt.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • FallenTree003.JPG More spills reported

    City of Valdosta employees have spent the weekend responding to spills caused by several inches of rain that have again drenched the city during the past few days.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Underwater Easter_Rich copy.jpg Stories behind ‘The Greatest Story Ever Told’

    Christ comes from the Greek word, “Christos,” meaning “the anointed one.”

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140418_valwood001.jpg Valwood students register to vote

    Valwood teaches its students about the importance of voting. Each year, the school has encouraged eligible seniors to register to vote and participate in local elections.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • wadebrandon14.jpg Police still seeking missing mother, son

    Though their assignments have changed during the past dozen years, Valdosta Police Capt. Bobbi McGraw and Sgt. Chris Crews continue working the case of a missing mother and her son.

    April 19, 2014 3 Photos

  • 041814-TreeDownonRobinHood.jpg Minor flooding expected

    Minor flooding of the Withlacoochee River is expected this weekend thanks to the day-long rains across South Georgia Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 041814-TreeDownonRobinHood.jpg Wastewater hazards assessed

    During heavy rain events, five to 15 manholes throughout the city are at risk of overflowing into local waterways, according to the City of Valdosta.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140418-VSU_HSBA003.jpg Valdosta State cuts ribbon for health, business building

    Eighteen months after breaking ground on the project, Valdosta State University held the official ribbon cutting Friday for its Health Sciences and Business Administration Building.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140417-Rail_Plan-001.jpg State Transportation seeks public input on rail plan

    The Georgia Department of Transportation held public meetings across the state this week to discuss its 2014 Georgia State Rail Plan.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

Top News
Poll

Given the amount of rain recently, what's your favorite “rain” song?

Singing in the Rain
Purple Rain
Have You Ever Seen the Rain?
November Rain
Rainy Night in Georgia
Other
     View Results