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The Snow Queen
The Snow Queen
"Possibly the finest new children's play of the last decade... The play is a terrific adventure... haunting, moving, and very funny indeed... What Paterson manages to distill from Andersen's great story is the essence of a solstice festival far more ancient than either Christmas or Saturnalia. This is Yule, the midwinter feast of light in darkness, of faith in the return of the sun." —Guardian

"You leave The Snow Queen feeling winter might be conquered, but Stuart Paterson's classic drama will last forever." —Herald

"So far ahead of the pack that Paterson could stop for a five-course Christmas lunch before the others caught up. His use of vast mythic structure, reminiscent of the fantasy worlds of Philip Pullman and C.S. Lewis, is charming and enchanting—and there are some great gags in there too." —Sunday Herald
Adapted by Stuart Paterson. Based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen. With incidental music by Savourna Stevenson.

Cast: 14m., 9w., or 5m., 4w. with doubling One of the most beautiful of all fairy tales, the timeless appeal of The Snow Queen lies in its persuading us that life is truly magical. Andersen's wonderful language surfaces in Grandma's description of the Snow Queen—"On winter nights when we are asleep she flies silently through the streets and alleyways. Sometimes she stops to look through a window, and when you get up the window is covered with flowers of frost for she has breathed on the glass." The wicked Snow Queen casts her icy spell on the world, turns young Kay's heart to ice and takes him away as her eternal prisoner to her Ice Palace at the very top of the world. Gerda, Kay's friend, must journey forever north and brave many dangers in her attempt to save Kay and break Winter's grip. Gerda never gives up. She leads us through terrifying ordeals as well as endless fun and nonsense. A long the way Gerda encounters talking ravens, the evil Cobweb Spider, a prince and princess, a band of robbers and the wild robber-girl, greedy polar bears and the brave reindeer who carries Gerda across the artic wastes. This is a wonderful, fast-paced adventure story. Area staging. Approximate Running Time: 2 hours.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Musical
Catalog Code:  S84
Cast Size:  23
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  81
Royalty:  $100.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $10.95
Approx. Running Time:  120 min.
Target Audience: Young Audiences | Middle School
Performing Group: Middle Schools | High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Holiday | Fantasy
ISBN (10): 0871290650
Rights & Availability
This title can only be licensed/sold in the U.S. and Canada
* Please note that royalties quoted in our catalog are intended for K-12 schools with a standard curriculum only. All other producing groups must submit a completed application.

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