The Snow Queen



Based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, "The Snow Queen" is a timeless story about the power of friendship and the beauty of a childlike heart. When a mischievous troll smashes a magic mirror, its fragments scatter over a small European village, forever altering the lives of young Gerda and Kay. Pierced through the heart with a shard of glass, Kay becomes cold and unfeeling and is whisked away by the magical Snow Queen to live in her frozen palace. His best friend Gerda, convinced that she can bring him home, embarks on an incredible quest. She battles witches and robbers, befriends princesses and reindeer, and discovers that the love of a child will truly conquer all.


The New York Times – December 13, 2002

Manhattan Children's Theater is busy conjuring ice, snow, freezing winds and a reindeer that is a magical as it is magnanimous. But you won't see Santa Clause here; the show isn't about him, although it has everything to do with the holiday spirit. This new company is presenting "The Snow Queen," a poignant and detailed musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, directed by Bruce Merrill. Ever popular at this time of year, the story is about escaping a chill more fierce than the weather's: a cold heart. Michael Walter's lovely score weaves flute, guitar and other instruments into folk ballads and soft rock; the book and lyrics by Kristin Walter capture the tale's poetry and emotion. In keeping with its message - the healing power of love-the company encourages theatergoers to bring toys for the Children's Hope Foundation, which will be distributed to families affected by H.I.V. and AIDS.

By Laurel Graeber


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