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Ballet Theatre Company Hosting Outdoor Screening of ‘Snow White’

BTC Season Dancer Jo-ann Burke as the Evil Queen. Courtesy photo

Ballet Theatre Company will celebrate the digital premiere of ‘Snow White’ this Saturday with an outdoor screening event.

BTC Season Dancer Emily Silva as Snow White, students of The School of Ballet Theatre Company as Dwarfs. Photo by Thomas Giroir.


Ballet Theatre Company (BTC), West Hartford’s premier ballet company, will digitally premiere its full-length, classical ballet version of “Snow White” in a live-action feature film on June 12 and will be available for streaming until June 30. To celebrate the premiere of this digitally adapted fairytale, BTC will host an Outdoor Screening of “Snow White” at the Old New-Gate Prison and Copper Mine located in East Granby on Saturday, June 12, with pre-screening activities beginning at 6 p.m.

The Old New-Gate Prison and Copper Mine is a featured location in BTC’s upcoming digital premiere of Snow White. The National Historic Landmark is the site of many attempted mining operations as well as the site of the state’s first official prison that was used to house prisoners of war during the American Revolution. BTC used the Archeological Preserve for the filming of the Evil Queen’s Lair, which Morgan Bengel, Curator and Site Administrator of the Old New-Gate Prison and Copper Mine, thought to be very fitting. “The Evil Queen simply belongs at Old New-Gate. The dark and complex history of this site is perfect for a complicated villain such as the Queen,” says Bengel.

BTC Corps de Ballet members Mason Capone and Sofia Brummitt as Sirens. Courtesy photo

Stephanie Dattellas, BTC’s Artistic Director and choreographer of BTC’s “Snow White,” was thrilled to have the opportunity to use such a unique location and, after touring the site herself, knew she wanted to share the experience with others. With the warmer weather and COVID-19 restrictions lessening, Old New-Gate seemed like the perfect location to bring a professional performing arts experience to the Greater Hartford community once again.

Peter Cofrancesco setting up his video camera to film scenes of BTC’s Snow White at the Old New-Gate Prison and Copper Mine. Courtesy photo

Pre-screening activities will begin at 6 p.m. Ticket purchases include guided tours of the copper mine (link to reserve tour spots are included in ticket purchase receipts), explorations of the Old New-Gate Prison and Copper Mine grounds including the set of the Evil Queen’s Lair, meet-and-greet opportunities with leading fairytale characters, and a photo booth fit for princes and princesses. Square Peg Pizzeria’s food truck and concessions hosted by BTC will be offered for additional costs as well as a Snow White-inspired boutique. The screening of BTC’s “Snow White” will begin at sundown (approximately 8:45 p.m.) and will run for approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes including a short intermission.

BTC Season Dancer Jo-ann Burke as the Evil Queen, BTC Corps de Ballet members as Sirens. Photo by Thomas Giroir

Tickets to the Outdoor Screening are $30 for adults, $20 for children (12 and under), and FREE for children under 2 years. Seating is general admission and lawn spots are on a first-come first-serve basis. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and/or blankets to enjoy the screening. Facial coverings will be required in order to participate in pre-screening activities, but may be removed during the screening. Visit www.dancebtc.org/snow-white-outdoor-screening to learn more and purchase your tickets today! BTC’s Outdoor Screening of Snow White is sponsored in part by Old New-Gate Prison and Copper Mine, Square Peg, and FunFlicks.

Can’t make the Outdoor Screening event but still want to see BTC’s Spring Digital Season performance of “Snow White”? Visit www.dancebtc.org/snow-white to purchase your $35 household ticket! Tickets are determined by IP address and allow unlimited viewing access to the ticket holder for the duration of the premiere length. “Snow White” will digitally premiere Saturday, June 12 beginning at 7 p.m. EST through June 30. “Snow White” is sponsored in part by Bremar Rental, Keating Agency, Fischman Orthodontics, Connecticut Mattress, The Greene Family, the Rim-Cheng Family, Topsmead State Forest, the Old New-Gate Prison and Copper Mine, and the Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill.

Ballet Theatre Company is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. It is supported in part by the Greater Hartford Arts Council, State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development Office of the Arts, Ensworth Foundation, Maximilian E. & Marion O. Hoffman Foundation, Cricket Press, Laurel Graphic Design, and We-Ha.com.

Scene from BTC’s “Snow White.” Courtesy photo

Scene from BTC’s “Snow White.” Courtesy photo

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