What's riskier than giving playwright Phillip Colglazier license to wreak havoc with fairy tale plots?
Doing it in an election year.
The result, “Fractured Fairy Tales: Election 2012, Snow White vs. Pinocchio,” promises a landslide of laughs and, hopefully, enough donations to help the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre live happily ever after — at least until next year's event.
Colglazier and a cast of local celebrities and community leaders will present the parody during the Civic's Celebrities Act Up evening 6-10 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Arts United Center. The event is the Civic's only fundraiser of the year.
The play will be presented as a stage reading, with actors reading from scripts on stage and wearing only a semblance of a costume. But Colglazier said it still will be lots of fun.
“It's like a 'Carol Burnett' sketch,” he said.
The plot finds Snow White thrown out by her Evil Stepmother, Colglazier said. She's looking for a job and place to live, so she decides to accept the offer to become the Dwarfocratic Party's candidate for president of Fairy Tale Land.
Hoping to “nose” her out in the election is Pinocchio, the Recycle-can Party candidate.
Fairy tales' storylines blur and cross over and finally arrive at a presidential debate.
Part of the fun comes from the inside jokes Colglazier playfully built into the script based on cast member's occupations or roles in the community.
Civic audience favorite Jessica Butler plays Snow White, and Steel Dynamics executive Ben Eisbart is Pinocchio.
Snow White's support team includes, who else, the Seven Dwarves, including Mayor Tom Henry as Dopey, Dr. Greg Johnson of Parkview Health as Doc and Fort Wayne City Councilman Geoff Paddock as Bashful. The mayor's wife, Cindy Henry, plays Mirror, Mirror; City Councilman Tom Didier is The Prince; and Fort Wayne Police Department Deputy Chief Dottie L. Davis plays the Evil Stepmother.
Pinocchio's advisers include Arts United Executive Director Jim Sparrow as Jiminy Cricket,; attorney F. John Rogers as Geppetto the Woodcarver; and DeBrand Fine Chocolates' Cathy Brand-Beere as the Chocolate Fairy. ; and City Councilman John Shoaff as Honest John.
To avoid taking too much of their time, the cast will get the script a short time before the event and will rehearse twice, Colglazier said.
But Colglazier doesn't anticipate any problems.
“When they came together for photos, you could tell they all will have a good time together,” he said.
In addition to the performance, the evening will include dinner by Tony Ficaro's Splendid Fare, desserts by DeBrand Fine Chocolates and complimentary beverages from the Green Frog Inn. Silent and live auctions also will take place.
“This is one election that can be bought,” Colglazier joked.