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NCTC Family Matinee Series Presents SNOW QUEEN

This February, New Conservatory Theatre Center's Family Matinee Series gives Hans Christian Anderson's heartwarming tale of friendship and adventure a fresh new twist in Snow Queen, written by Stacey Lane and directed by NCTC Conservatory Director Stephanie Temple.

A winter wonderland awaits in this magical adventure, adapted from the same Hans Christian Andersen tale as Disney's Frozen. When the cold-hearted Snow Queen breaks her magic mirror, shards of cursed glass are used as weapons to turn people into the worst versions of themselves. It is up to Gerd to rescue his best friend Kay armed only with a Gypsy's jar of warm wishes and giggle-inducing snickerdoodles.

The Snow Queen plays Saturdays & Sundays at 2pm & 4pm, February 9-17, 2019 in NCTC's Theatre 3.

Tickets are $10 for students, $15 for adults, and are available at or by calling (415) 861-8972.

Director Stephanie Temple has been directing teens at NCTC since 2002 and teaching young people for almost twenty years. She specializes in devised theatre and enjoys working collaboratively with her students. Temple has a Bachelor of Arts from University of Southern California's School of Theatre and is currently finishing her Master's in Drama at San Francisco State University. She has taught acting, improvisation, dance and musical theatre at NCTC, CSU Stanislaus, Merced College, PCPA Theatrefest and currently runs the drama program at Live Oak School in Potrero Hill. As NCTC's Children's Playwright in Residence, Temple has adapted and developed plays such as Anansi, an African Folktale, Goldi Locks and the Three Aliens, Bollywood Sleeping Beauty, MUNI, The Little Mermaid, Snow White, The Odyssey, Peter Pan, and Rock 'n Roll Cinderella.

The Snow Queen youth and teen cast includes Bianca Bishop (Flurry), Sydney Duncan (Freckle), McKenzie Isaac (Snow Queen), Una Lynch (Flora/Reindeer), Neil Matthews (Kay), Sophia Patterson (Princess D), David Romero (Flurry), Jacob Thompson (Gerd), Diego Villegas (Crow), Ben Welte (Frostbite) and Cliodna Woods (Fox). Snow Queen will feature set design by Patrik Henderson, lighting design by John Owens, and stage management by Ian Alfaro and Sebastian Fischer.

New Conservatory Theatre Center Family Matinee Series has presented original adaptations and classic stories for youth and families since 1981. After a hiatus, the Series resumed in 2004 under the leadership of Conservatory Director Stephanie Temple, who has written and directed over two dozen original adaptations, often working in collaboration with her teen ensemble members. The Family Matinee Series has the distinction of employing teenage performers and stage managers, many of whom have trained in NCTC's Conservatory Program, often providing them their first professional theatre jobs.

New Conservatory Theatre Center is San Francisco's premiere LGBTQIA and allied performing arts institution and progressive arts education conservatory since 1981. NCTC is renowned for its diverse range of innovative, high quality productions, touring productions and shows for young audiences; its foundational anti-bullying work with youth and educators through YouthAware; and its commitment to nurturing emerging artists and playwrights to expand the canon of queer and allied dramatic work.

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