Peninsula High School’s drama department’s production of “The Snow Queen” takes the stage at 7 p.m. Friday (Jan. 15) and Saturday (Jan. 16) and 22 and 2 p.m. Jan. 16 and 23 at PHS’ Milton S. Boyd Auditorium.
In November, PHS drama was ready to stage “A Night of Renaissance” when the water supply failed and school was closed. “Renaissance” was shelved. Ready to go again, a power failure. No lights. No show! Not fair! No more! Please!
Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale and adapted by Ron Nicol, “The Snow Queen” is a tale of good and evil. A young girl, Gerda, journeys to find her friend Kai bewitched and imprisoned by the Snow Queen in her ice castle in Lapp Land, where northern lights shimmer, reindeer talk and robbers are friendly.
Gerda’s innocence and loyalty to her friend charm all whom she meets. She proves love conquers evil and friendship is found and reborn in even the coldest of hearts.
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Andersen’s life was like a fairy tale in many ways. Out of the poverty, hardship and loneliness of his youth, he came to be one of the most honored men of his time. Many of the more than 160 fairy tales he wrote, including “The Ugly Duckling,” “The Princess and the Pea” and “The Little Mermaid,” are literary classics enjoyed by children and adults alike. “The Snow Queen” became Disney’s blockbuster movie, “Frozen.”
Said PHS drama coach Kara Beloate, “Having young children from local elementary schools join our cast is a rewarding, enriching experience. We can’t help smiling watching these kids remind us of the joys of childhood.”
“This is an amazing story and all the actors and technicians have worked hard to prepare a great production,” said freshman Zanna McMurtrey, who plays the Finn Woman. “I’ve learned a lot about responsibility.”
Classmate Olivia Webb, a Toy Soldier, “learned to be more patient, especially when I am on stage. This play is great for families, friends, the old, the young and everyone in between.”
To senior Jocelyn Burt, playing both Grandma and the Old Hag, “teamwork is very important in theatre. Without it, the final product will never be as great as it could have been.”
“One thing I’ve learned by doing this show is that any role, no matter how big or small, is equally important,” said senior Riley Egge, the Prince.
Sophomore Sydney Rose GIllis, the Princess, explained, “I have never danced before, so getting lifted in the air and being in the dance is definitely a step out of my comfort zone, but it’s so fun! People should see this great family play! You have a queen, a prince and princess — even talking animals!”
“One thing humans have in common is the capability of love, no matter your race, gender, religion,” said junior Jenna Lemoine, The Snow Queen. “This show illustrates how powerful love is. No matter who you are or where you come from, we all share the gift of love.”
To senior Zach Winter, a sound technician, “This show is based on the story by (Andersen) with interactions from the cast that include the audience. Kids will enjoy this play too. It’s a wonderful opportunity to discover local talent.”
Tickets are available at the door and are $12 for general admission, $10 seniors and students and $3 for children 6 and younger.
Don’t miss it! The dress rehearsal was great!
Hugh McMillan is a longtime contributing writer for the Gateway. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.