By Brian Robin
Meet the Creative Team of Snow White
You usually see the charismatic H. Adam Harris bringing audiences into the creative process during one of SCR’s numerous post-show conversations, which he skillfully moderates as SCR’s Artistic/Audience Engagement Associate. Harris’ knack of making theatre accessible in a fun, informative way gives audiences a glimpse into the process of bringing stories to the stage.
Now, Harris flexes his charismatic storytelling skills as the director of this season’s Theatre for Young Audiences and Families production: Snow White. Harris recently directed Redwood by Brittany K. Allen at the Jungle Theater in Minneapolis. He has directed plays and readings at the William Inge Festival, Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, Theater Mu and various universities. His acting credits include playing Baloo/Father Wolf in Jungle Book and Smaug/Kili in TheHobbit, both written and directed by Snow White’s writer/adaptor, Greg Banks. Harris has also worked onstage with the Guthrie Theater, Penumbra Theatre, The Old Globe, Seattle Children’s Theater, the New Conservatory Theater Center and the Pillsbury House Theatre, among others.
Set Designer Fred Kinney is no stranger to SCR. This is his 12th production, coming less than a year after he designed the sets for SCR’s Theatre for Young Audiences and Families production of Last Stop on Market Street last winter. Kinney’s other SCR set work includes Pinocchio, A Year With Frog and Toad, Robin Hood, The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Lucky Duck, Ordinary Days and A Wrinkle in Time. Kinney also designed costumes for Red and Sight Unseen and he designed both set and costumes for the Pacific Playwrights Festival workshop production of Sunlight. Kinney also designed for New Jersey Repertory Company, The Theatre Project, Vienna’s English Theatre in Austria, Yale Repertory, Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara, Triad Stage in North Carolina and San Diego Repertory, where he won an NAACP Theatre Award for Set Design for his work on Intimate Apparel.
Ramzi Jneid (Costume Design) is also no stranger to SCR. He’s designed costumes for SCR Conservatory productions such as Nicholas Nickleby, Electric Darkness, Radio Play Disaster and Snow Angel. A UC Berkeley graduate, Jneid designed costumes for Legally Blonde at Berkeley Playhouse and Jungle Bookand The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee for Mill Mountain Theater in Virginia. He is also SCR’s Production Office Manager.
Andrea Heilman (Lighting Design) makes her SCR debut after designing American Idiot at the Chance Theater last summer and Fun Home in 2020. Her credits include Anna in the Tropics (Jungle Theater), The Brothers Size (Guthrie Theater), The Arsonists (American University in Cairo) and Cymbeline at California Lutheran University, where Heilman is the Head of Design and Production.
A native of Poland, sound designer Lila Oleszkiewicz also makes her SCR debut. The Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, composer and sound designer studied piano, voice and music composition at Mills College, but branched out into creating unusual sounds discovered while tinkering. Oleszkiewicz’s tinkering involved placing screws on piano strings or placing bamboo chopsticks between the strings. Her credits include co-composing the music for the Theatre for Young Audiences production of Giraffes Can’t Dance at the Rose Theater in Omaha, and composing the music for Jaclyn Backhaus’ Wives at the Aurora Theatre in Long Beach.
Stage manager Natalie Figaredo returns to one of her favorite stage-managing projects: Theatre for Young Audiences and Families productions at SCR. She previously worked on Amos and Boris, Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing, Junie B.Jones is Not A Crook!, Mr. Poppers Penguins, The Night Fairy and Robin Hood. She also served as assistant stage manager for SCR’s productions of A Shot Rang Out and Poor Yella Rednecks. Figaredo stage-managed productions at Disneyland, the Echo Theater Company and the Geffen Playhouse, among others.
Adapted by Banks, Snow White is a play with music that delves into what really happened when Snow White’s new mother became the queen. Snow White and Dwarf Four (his real name) take you through the story in a madcap, entertaining fashion.
The result is an imagination-tickler that delights and engages you at every turn, as you watch Candace Nicholas-Lippman (Snow White) and Derek Manson (Dwarf Four) bring all the characters to life in a fast and funny game of switcheroo.