Whidbey Island Dance Theatre's THE SNOW QUEEN Revival Comes to WICA, Now thru 4/13
Whidbey Island Dance Theatre's "The Snow Queen" returns to Langley in a co-production with Whidbey Island Center for the Arts which staged the ballet with WIDT 18 years ago to sold-out houses. Originally created by WIDT in 1996 and 1998, "The Snow Queen" was the first full-length production designed for and presented on the new WICA stage.
Creator and choreographer Asharaine Machala has been hard at work to re-stage her 1998 production of "The Snow Queen," which is based on Hans Christian Andersen's coming-of-age fantasy, a story which celebrates the strength of love.
"The Snow Queen," opens at 7:30 p.m. tonight, April 4 at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley and plays through Sunday, April 13.
As the story goes, the Snow Queen is queen of the snowflakes or "snow bees," who maintains her palace and gardens in the Scandinavian lands of permafrost.
"There are strong archetypes at play here," Machala said. The enigmatic Snow Queen (played by Amy Lehman) is a complex character.
"She is not a villain, but an elemental force," Machala said, "And the reindeer (played by Madyson Hunter) is the beat; the reindeer controls the heartbeat of the Earth," she added.
The Snow Queen is successful in using her cold beauty to abduct a boy named Kai (played by Zane Vanderwood) after he falls victim to the troll-mirror, a magical mirror that splinters glass fragments of ugliness and evil on all those who come under its spell. The Snow Queen promises to free Kai if he can spell "eternity" with the pieces of ice in her palace.
When Kai's disappearance is discovered, the people of the city decide that Kai drowned in the nearby river. But Kai's best friend Gerda (played by Faith O'Brochta) is heartbroken and goes out to look for him. This is her quest.