The Snow Queen
by Stanton Wood
directed by Daniella Topol
Dec 11, 2005- Jan 15, 2006
an urban take on the Hans Christian Andersen story for kids, young adults and their families
Old World meets New World in this family holiday extravaganza. Gerda's epic journey in search of her best friend takes her from New York City to the South Pole, with stop-offs in Brazil and Patagonia.
Puppetry, theatricality, music, and sheer fun highlight this charming and touching production for kids of all ages. Award-winning playwright and computer game designer Stanton Wood is the author of plays for both children and adults, including The Zombies Next Door and Down the Drain.
Technical Director: Sam Narrison
The New Yotk Times: "Featuring samba rhythms, urban raps, a cross-dressing reindeer and hip-hop-embracing adolescents, this magical "Snow Queen" manages to be both undeniably New York and authentically Andersen. ...It's to Mr. Wood's credit that the contemporary humor never diminishes the tale's tenderness. He has increased the story's resonance..." Laurel Graeber, Dec. 30, 2005. see full review here
"The easiest way sto measure the worthiness of theater for children is by the behavior of its young audience. At The Snow Queen, the world premiere of Stanton Wood’s contemporary adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale, the audience is engaged for the full hour. Hats off to an ensemble effort: clear storytelling, an energetic cast, easy yet magical sets, and whimsical costumes. " see full review here
BACKSTAGE: "an impressive production with Nadia Fadeeva's colorful costumes, Mikiko Suzuki's sparkling set, and a competent cast"... "Ned Massey, hilarious in four roles"
BIG APPLE PARENT: "outstanding performances.... The modern day Snow Queen is a great way to introduce the very young to both the theater and classic tales."