The Snow Queen
by Charles Way
Directed by Steve Wilson and Billie McBride
Recommended for Grades K-6
Performances for School Groups: March 13-May 10, 2012, 10 a.m.
Cost: $8/student; Two adults/group free; (303) 316-6360
(Ask about Title 1 discounts and special performances for the deaf & hard of hearing)
In this stunning adaptation of the epic Han Christian Anderson masterpiece, playwright Charles Way succeeds in conveying the power of friendship, loyalty and creativity through brilliant dialogue and extraordinary characters. Long ago, the powerful Snow Queen ruled her magical kingdom with a heart of ice. But her magic waned when her enchanted mirror was shattered and shards rained down to earth. Each piece was infused with the vanity of the Snow Queen and had the power to cool people’s hearts – making them see only the cold, darkness of the world. Everything changes for the little girl Gerda when her eccentric and creative friend, the boy Cei, gets a shard from the enchanted mirror lodged in his eye. Once infected, the Snow Queen targets Cei to rebuild her magic mirror so she can destroy the other seasons and freeze the hearts of all living things to rule supreme over a world of snow and ice. Against the odds, Gerda is determined to save her friend and begins an epic journey to restore the seasons and defeat the Snow Queen. This play includes lessons about loyalty, creativity, the environment, diversity and the true meaning of friendship.
The Snow Queen offers ample opportunities to integrate theatre arts into an investigation of positive social skills. A curriculum guide, distributed to all participating teachers, is keyed to the new Colorado
- Reading, Writing and Communicating: 1, Oral Expression & Listening
- Social Studies: 4, Civics
- Science: 3, Earth Systems Science
- Dance: 3, Historical & Cultural Context; 4, Reflect, Connect & Respond
- Drama & Theatre Arts: 3, Critically Respond; (Encore Groups: also 2, Perform)
Cost: $10/student; two adults/group free; $8/additional adult (discounts for Title I schools)
Optional Encore! workshops follow the performance. Working in small groups with professional arts educators (often actors from the production), children engage in specially designed theatre activities focusing on the concepts behind the play. Encore! includes:
- Discussion with cast following performance
- Theatre workshop based on the play’s themes
- Talkback with the cast
- Technical backstage tour & demonstration
The Snow Queen
Sundays, March 18–May 13, 1 p.m.
(no performance April 8)
Tickets: $10/general admission
$9/children, students & seniors
Tickets go on sale Feb. 8!