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Fairy tale for the ages

Rebecca Boswell, a veteran Steamer 10 actress, was almost expecting that challenge to be hers. After playing "an old, bald man" in the theater's production of "Sleeping Beauty," she didn't get her hopes up for a glamorous part in "Snow White."

So she was thrilled when she was tapped to play the title role.

Boswell said she enjoys character roles and pushing the limits. For Snow White, she strived to make her character's naivetE more endearing instead of annoying.

"We get to have a little fun with her," Boswell said. "There's a lot of comedy at her expense."

That comedy, she believes, will cut across generations, which is important for children's productions.

"It has to be a good show on two levels," Boswell said. "You have to entertain the parents, too."

That was a message Agnes E. Kapusta Skiff tried to convey to her friends when inviting them to the production. Don't be turned off by the fact "Snow White" is part of Steamer 10's "Kids' Fare," programming, she said: "It's not just run-of-the mill children's theater."

"It's some meaty, powerful dialogue," Kapusta Skiff said. "It's just as strong as a play like 'Hamlet.'"

Cress, too, said the story has far more depth than a traditional fairy tale.

"With many Disney tales, it's all about being happy," he said. "What's fascinating is this is a real exploration of how people treat each other."

For MacArevey, "Snow White" is a terrific play with which to make his Steamer 10 debut. A graduate of Columbia High School in East Greenbush, he's been acting for about 12 years, taking parts in faraway places like North Dakota and London. Many of those parts were small, he said, so it was hard to ask anyone to make the trip to see him on stage.

"It's great to be able to have people come that haven't seen me do a show since high school," he said.

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