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Theatre Review: The Snow Queen

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, December 14, 2011

"The Snow Queen" is a new play based on a traditional fairy tale about a tall, white-clad woman wearing a tiara. She is beautiful to behold, but determined to drive love out of the world by freezing human emotion in its tracks. And the Snow Queen's evil reputation goes before her, as in this scene in which ordinary kids pose a question to a wise elder.

1214JH QUEEN 2"Where does all the snow come from, Grandfather?'

"Why the Snow Queen, of course."

"The Snow Queen? Who's the Snow Queen?"

"She is an evil queen, who commands the snow as if they were her worker bees."

"The Snow Queen is evil?


This fast-moving fairy tale is highly episodic, introducing new characters wearing different costumes in each scene. The story jumps from castles to igloos to frozen forests, but the meandering plot is unified by some appealing original music, composed for this show by Noah Agruss, enhancing the wintry mood and buttressing the show all around.

Listen to excerpts from the score by composer Noah Agruss

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People sometimes forget that the B Street Theatre was started 25 years ago to present portable shows designed for children. The adult plays, now the better-known aspect of the company, came later. Like all B Street's family shows, this one features grown-up actors, mostly professionals.

Staged in a cozy 100-seat venue with church-pew-style seating, this production is geared more toward grade school students than teens. But I expect even adults will enjoy this cleverly-staged show as long as they bring along a kid young enough to help them appreciate it.

The Snow Queen continues at the B Street Theatre through December 31st. 

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