Snow White state of mind: Lisa Macuja-Elizalde

Snow White state of mind: Lisa Macuja-Elizalde

The animated Disney film Snow White was a huge part of Lisa Macuja-Elizalde’s childhood. Now she has created her own ballet version of the fairy tale. Photo by G-nie Arambulo

Talk about an evil queen and her all-knowing mirror, a princess on the run, seven dwarfs in the forest, a poisoned apple and a prince’s life-restoring kiss -- and what do you get?

Snow White, but of course!

Ballet Manila brings to life this beloved story as the third production in its “Flights of Fantasy” season. As choreographed by artistic director Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, it combines a delightful dose of romance, adventure and comedy – with a touch of magic!

In fairy-tale mode since rehearsals started, the choreographer shares her thoughts on random Snow White-related stuff... including the much-fabled happily ever after!

Which version of Snow White is the most memorable for you?

The Disney animated film -- it was a huge part of my childhood! My brothers and I would listen to the music and watch the film so many times.  

If you were one of the dwarfs, who would you be? Why?

Definitely Happy. I have always been the optimist. In fact, my recent Bio Balance tests reveal that my happy hormones and my ability to actually produce serotonin is very, very high! Unusually high. I always think of the glass as half full. 

Tell us about that moment when you felt like you were in a fairy tale.

When I married Fred (Elizalde), I didn't feel like a princess; I felt like a queen. He made me feel like his queen. Until now he still does!  

What would you ask the magic mirror?

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who has the best ballet company of them all? Ha ha ha ha ha.

Please describe your “happily ever after”.

My "happily ever after" would be waking up in the morning and looking forward to a day full of doing the things you love to do and want to do. Not of the things you have to do. There's a big difference there!  

Lisa Macuja-Elizalde’s Snow White will have its world premiere on November 25, 6 p.m., at Aliw Theater. Succeeding shows will be on November 26, 3 p.m.; December 2, 6 p.m.; and December 3, 3 p.m. For tickets and inquiries, call TicketWorld at 891-9999 or visit

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