The Snow Queen is theatre of the imagination as a simple set and creative costumes aid a small band of actors to enact the fairy story penned so long ago by Hans Christian Anderson.
US-based Theater Simple, under the direction of Rachel Katz Carey, has adapted the fairy tale maintaining its magic and charm.
The Snow Queen was first published in 1845, and has a moral theme, like all good fairy tales. This one portrays the struggle between good and evil as two young friends battle to maintain loving hearts in spite of the influence of others.
Yana Kesala is a delightful Gerda running a gamut of emotions as she journeys in search of her best friend Kai (Ian Lindsay) who has been whisked away by the Snow Queen (Pamala Mijatov).
Lindsay, Mijatov, Ricky Coates and Llysa Holland take on a number of roles Kesala’s Gerda journeys through strange lands and encounters outlandish creatures on her way.
The ensemble is captivating as are the costumes designed by Doris Black.
The story is one of Andersen's longest and perhaps could benefit from a little editing. Nevertheless this is an enchanting production proving that simple is not necessarily easy, nor is it any less compelling than large and lavish productions.
theater simple presents
THE SNOW QUEEN
Director Rachel Katz Carey
Venue: The Odeon Theatre | 57A Queen Street, Norwood, SA
Dates: 9 - 14 March, 2010
Tickets: Adult $20, Conc $12, Children $10, Fringe Benefits $15, Groups $15, Family $50
Bookings: Fringe TIX – 1300 374 643 | adelaidefringe.com.au