Independence Young Matrons will present their 59th annual play, “Snow Beauty” over the next week at the William Chrisman High School auditorium. The free play will be Friday through Thursday, primarily directed to grades pre-K through third grade as an introduction to live theater with a positive focus. A community presentation will be 7 p.m. Thursday at the auditorium.

Independence resident Ray Ettinger wrote “Snow Beauty” to explore how bullying gets started combine the classic stories of Snow White and Sleeping Beauty reveal antagonists for the bullies they are. Both stories feature a princess trying to hide from the evil plans of an older woman, a group of kindly characters who offer solace to the princess, a magical poisonous item that puts the princess to sleep and a prince who awakens the princess with a kiss.

The free play serves as the club's thank-you gift to the community for support of its annual Holly and Mistletoe Christmas home tour. For additional information, call Gloria Stone, Children’s Theater chairman, 816-506-3144.

– Examiner staff