BELFAST - Midcoast Actors’ Studio will present the beloved holiday favorite The Snow Queen December 7 through December 16 at the Crosby Center in Belfast.
The play is an adaptation from an original fairy tale penned in 1844 by Hans Christian Anderson. Many versions of this story have been presented over the years, perhaps the best known to today's audience being the recent Disney animated musical titled Frozen. As with many of the tale's versions, our play selects key parts from the seven stories that comprise the original tale to teach us the lesson of friendship as we follow the adventures of our characters as they transverse a magical northern land.
Two best friends, Gerda and Kai, have made the mistake of insulting the traditions of the Trolls. With the use of a magical hobgoblin mirror, the trolls get their revenge on the boy Kai, leading him to adore the cold and stern Snow Queen, who takes him away to her crystal palace to be her companion. Not knowing where her friend has gone, Gerda makes a long trek through dangerous lands to bring back her friend. Along the way we meet a robber girl and her reindeer, a wise old witch, and of course, trolls.
Director Greg Marsanskis was intrigued by the thought of building a theater experience for children, with magic and trolls.
“Last year my 9 year old grandson saw his first play, and suddenly he became entranced with everything about theater,” Marsanskis says. “So when I was offered a chance to direct The Snow Queen I realized I had the perfect opportunity to enthrall other children as my grandson had been and also give them a kind of theater experience that is made specifically for them.”
He has tried to make this play accessible to the children, hoping to catch and use their imagination, and show them that theater is an experience they can be participate in and reproduce in their own homes.
The cast includes Gemma Bradney, Chris and Bryan Hayes, Annabelle Lisa, Sarah Joy, Anna Leigh Fultz and April Rejman. Music is performed by Jeff Densmore.
In addition to directing, Marsanskis is also the set designer. Patricia Saucier is the stage manager. Linda Marie is the costume designer. Jason Bannister designs the lights. Julia Clapp is the choreographer. Erik Perkins designs the poster. Erin Hayes runs the light board.
The Snow Queen runs Friday and Saturday nights, December 7, 8, 14 and 15 at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday matinees, December 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 3 p.m. at the Crosby Center, 96 Church Street in Belfast. Tickets are $10 for ages 13+, $7 for children 12-under and can be purchased at midcoastactors.org in advance, or at the door. For more information please call 370-7592 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. MAS is a 501c3 non profit.