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Fairy tale for the ages

Ric Chesser was getting ready to hold auditions for his latest play at Steamer No. 10 Theater when he ran into Matthew MacArevey.

Chesser asked MacArevey to try out for his production, and MacArevey did, winning a role.

Nine of them, in fact.

MacArevey stars as Prince Charming, the talking mirror and all seven dwarves in Steamer No. 10's production of Snow White, which runs Nov. 8, 9 and 11 at the playhouse, 500 Western Ave., Albany.

"I didn't even know what the play was, let alone that I was going to play all seven dwarves," MacArevey said with a laugh.

MacArevey's multiple roles are just one of the twists in this production of "Snow White." Chesser wrote the play intent on keeping true to the Brothers Grimm's original version, which means that Snow White's evil stepmother is not her stepmother at all, but her birth mother. And when Snow White is poisoned by the apple, it's a good smack in the back of the head from a servant that jolts her awake.

Finances, Cress acknowledged, played a part in the decision to have MacArevey play so many parts. But beyond that, Cress made the changes to the script because he was intrigued by the challenge of finding new ways to look at a story and bring it to life -- a challenge the actors have embraced.

"It's this great story that isn't what people think of," MacArevey said. "It's done in a different way. It's done in a truer way. People will hopefully remember our version."

MacArevey credits good writing and his fellow actors with enabling him to pull off his assorted roles. More than one dwarf appears on stage at a time; MacArevey distinguishes between them with "plenty of turns."

"It's the first time I've ever had to change characters on stage," he said. "It's a challenge, but I think I've grown into it."

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