Throw on your warmest coat, grab your sled, and get ready to travel to the cold and beautiful domain of the Snow Queen. Written by Vivian Snipes, LCT’s Artistic Director Emeritus, and based on the original fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, this epic story follows our hero Gerda on a grand adventure to save the boy she loves. Along her journey, danger lurks around every corner and magic – both beautiful and threatening – will shape her story in unexpected ways.
By Vivian Snipes
Based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen
Best enjoyed by ages 9 and up
Length of Show: 72 minutes
School Streaming Passes:
Weekly passes available NOW through May 27, 2022
School passes run from all day Monday through Friday at 4:00pm
The Snow Queen is recommended for 4th – 12th grade
Curricular Connections – Fairy and Folk Tales, Epic, The Hero’s Journey, Scandinavian Folklore, Hans Christian Andersen
Family Streaming Passes:
The Snow Queen is one of the shows in our Holiday Streaming library! You can purchase a pass to watch it any time between December 19-31, 2021. Learn more at the link below!
Things to Understand Before You Stream On Demand
About our Video Streaming Process
We are thrilled to offer this unique opportunity to see our 2016 production of The Snow Queen! The stream features video from one of our school performances of the show at The Lexington Opera House.
Remember, the video link and passwords can be found in your confirmation email! During the time period your pass is valid for, you can use this link and password combo to watch the show as many times as you would like. If you do not receive your confirmation email within one hour of purchase, please check your spam filter. If you experience technical difficulties, feel free to email Kathryn at firstname.lastname@example.org! Thank you!
About LCT’s Discovery Productions
The Snow Queen was one of our Discovery productions, which means it is a show about young people, performed primarily by young people. Discovery Shows are always open for Lexington community members – children and grown-ups alike – to audition to be part of the cast or technical crew. So, you might see a few people you recognize on stage or behind the scenes!
About The Snow Queen
Unlike a certain Disney show you might be familiar with that also takes its source material from the original Snow Queen fairy tale, our show follows more closely to the original story and as such contains more mature themes and elements of danger throughout. We generally recommend this show for ages 9 and up. As it is a Hero’s Journey story, there are several dangerous and frightening moments that happen as Gerda travels to save Kai from the Snow Queen’s spell, including various moments of stage combat. All physical violence was carefully choreographed to be 100% believable for the audience yet 110% safe for the actors on stage. In addition, some characters die on stage and red silks are used to represent blood as they are killed.
The fictional all-female nomadic “robbers” featured in the play come from the “Little Robber Girl” section of the original story. This group functions as a matriarchal society and speaks in a language that is a mixture of Swedish and Norwegian. Their survival is based on their ability to hunt and maintain power in their region, which is why they are so violent. Many of the key players in this story are neither heroes or villains, rather they are all distractions or obstacles between Gerda and her goal.
Throughout the play, Gerda is searching for her best friend Kai, a young man who gets caught up in the Snow Queen’s wintry magic. At the beginning of the story, we see that Kai and Gerda have been friends and neighbors for years and both like each other, but are both too scared to take the first step towards a romantic relationship. By the end of the story (spoilers!) their romance comes full circle and they share a kiss on stage.
This play is a great way to spark conversations about life, death, sacrifice, and love. Gerda is willing to give up so much to save Kai, and along the way she is helped by other people on her quest as well. From Grandmother’s protectiveness to the Princess’s supportive friendship to the reindeer who sacrifices himself to help Gerda escape the robbers, Gerda is surrounded by people who love her an help her along her journey in different ways. Some great questions to start a discussion after watching this show would be, “Who are the people in your life who love you? Can you think of a time when someone helped you out in a difficult situation? How can you be that kind of supporter to someone you love?”
We love this play because it is an epic and beautiful retelling of a classic fairy tale, told with music, dance, and theatrical storytelling. It features a strong female protagonist who goes on a quest to save her man and doesn’t let anything or anyone stop her. We love this play because ultimately, it’s a story about the power of love in all its forms, and how hope will always be present, even in the darkest and coldest of times.