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Actor Mark Brutsche has a problem. With a seconds-from-showtime audience full of kids expecting to see Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, he gets a phone call from his cast—they’re stranded in Kansas with all the costumes and sets. Damn airline strikes. Fortunately, Brutsche, who writes and directs for the Reston Community Center’s Young Actor’s Theatre, has spent the past 10 years as a cast member in the Kennedy Center’s blissfully unpredictable Shear Madness. So, armed with one extraordinarily versatile gingham skirt (it’s a rugged woodsman’s cape…no, wait, it’s an evil queen’s veil!), and a set from a completely unrelated play, Brutsche guesses he plays 13 characters— including the requisite pack of Dorf-type dwarfs— in this one-man show. So what if you’ve seen the Disney version a thousand times? Mark Brutsche’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a tale about having fun with theater, in a forum where audience participation can take the show down a different road every night. The production is heavy on illusionary tricks and slapstick humor (Brutsche is an ex-clown, and the set was designed with the help of a magician friend), which he says kids relate to: “It is funny when people fall down.” At 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Reston Community Center’s CenterStage, 2310 Colt’s Neck Road, Reston. $7.50. (703) 476-1111. (Shauna Miller)