"The Snow Queen" to be staged at Quick Center for the Arts

Image: Snow Queen"The Snow Queen," a holiday show for children, will be staged on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 1 and 3 p.m. in Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The show, appropriate for children in all grades, will be repeated on Monday, Dec. 17, at 10 a.m., as part of the Quick Center's outreach program, Schooldays Series. A study guide is available for teachers.

Staged by Hudson Vagabond Puppets, this Hans Christian tale, with score by Arcangelo Correlli, is a narrated ballet performed by larger than life puppets - some as high as 15 feet. All performers are professional dancers and actors. Clad in black, the puppeteers borrow from the traditional Japanese Bunraku style of puppetry becoming mere shadows of the larger-than-life figures they bring to life.

"The Snow Queen" is about two friends who are "not brother and sister, but just as fond of each other as if they had been." When the boy Kay catches a sliver of the demon's magic mirror in his eye, he begins to see everything in the world as bad and twisted. Fascinated by the mathematical beauty of the Snow Queen, he goes with her to her palace in the frozen North Pole.

Meanwhile his friend, Gerde, searches the world over to find Kay and has several adventures along the way. With the help of a well-meaning cow, a rowdy robber girl, a wise reindeer and a map from a Finland woman, she makes her way to the Snow Queen's palace to save Kay from the Snow Queen.

Tickets for Sunday's production are $10, $8 for children; $5 for Monday's outreach program. Discounts are available for groups and birthday parties. The Outreach Program is funded in part by the Schools in Partnership with Unilever H & PC. For information or tickets call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. You may also visit our web site at www.quickcenter.com.

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Media Contact: Nancy Habetz, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647, nhabetz@fairfield.edu

Posted on November 1, 2001

Vol. 34, No. 103

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