Friday, Dec. 14, 7pm

Saturday, Dec. 15, 7 pm

Sunday Dec. 16, 2pm

Spanos Theatre

Snow Queen Commercial

The Snow Queen 

A Tale Told in Seven Stories


1st Story: Which has to do with a Mirror and its Fragments

A Hobgoblin, of the wicked sort, in fact the devil himself, has fashioned a magic mirror, so that everything good and beautiful that is reflected in it becomes ugly, worthless, and distorted. He tells his students (because he has a school of his own) of the mirror's power and charges them to take the mirror all over the land to do its work. But the student hobgoblins decide to fly it up to heaven to scoff at the angels and our Lord. The mirror trembles with power, slipping from their hands, shattering into shards, splinters, and bits of glass, which go flying throughout the land. They get into peoples' eyes and even worse their hearts, possessing the same power as the mirror itself.


2nd Story: A Little Boy and a Little Girl

Little Gerda, her Grandmother and their neighbor Little Kay, live in the garrets of two adjoining houses in the town. One wintry morning the Grandmother takes the children, who love each other as brother and sister, to buy rose bushes. Through the seasons, the roses grow into a beautiful archway between the two homes. A few years later on a snowy winter's evening, Grandmother tells Young Gerda and Young Kay a story of snowflakes that are bees and their queen. Following good nights, Kay lingers outside. The snowflakes seem to grow and a beautiful woman in white appears. It is the Snow Queen and her Bees. The frightened boy quickly goes inside.

Now summer has come. The town is celebrating with a tulip festival. Amidst festivities, Kay is struck by the Hobgoblin's magic mirror fragments in his heart and eye. Changed, he no longer plays with Gerda.

Winter return to the town square. Kay is sledding with the boys as the Grandmother and Gerda join the townspeople in ice skating. A sleigh pulled by white horses whisks through town driven by a woman in a white fur coat. It is the Snow Queen. Kay attaches his sled to her sleigh and is carried away.

3rd Story: The Flower Garden of the Woman Skilled in Magic

Young Gerda asks about Kay among the people of the town as she waits in vain throughout the winter for Kay to return. Many tears are shed. Her Grandmother tries to console her with a gift of new red shoes. In the spring, Gerda goes to the river to look for Kay. She asks the river to return Kay, offering her new red shoes as a trade. When the river throws them back, she tries again but they drift beyond a boat on the shore. She climbs into the boat to reach them, but the river's current takes the boat and Gerda away. Two sparrows hop along providing comfort. The boat comes ashore at a cottage where she is greeted by a mysterious Woman who inquires of her story. Gerda notices beautiful roses on her sunhat and tells the Woman of their rose archway at home. Always wishing she had a daughter of her own, the Woman makes a plan to keep Gerda for herself. Being skilled in magic she lulls Gerda to sleep, then sends the roses far down into the earth keep the girl from being reminded of home.

Gerda wakes up refreshed and the Woman brings her out to the garden for some sunshine. Now alone, Gerda realizes the roses are missing. She thinks of Kay and home and cries. Her tears fall upon the spot where the roses have sunk beneath the earth. The roses spring up startling Gerda. She realizes she has dallied too long and must look for Kay. She runs away.

4th Story: The Prince and the Princess

Gerda has run into a forest and falls asleep at a tree. A Crow comes hopping by and notices the sleeping girl. Gerda awakens a bit startled. The Crow inquires where Gerda might be going in the great wide world alone. Gerda tells the Crow her whole story and asks if he might have seen Kay. The Crow thinks he might have at the castle of a Princess who has just married a poor young man. Convinced this must be Kay, they journey to the castle and are greeted by the Crow's Lady Love. She guides them through dark hallways to the bedroom of the Prince and Princess. Gerda tiptoes to the Prince's bed. It is not Kay. The Princess wakes up and inquires of the group what has happened. Gerda tells her whole story and all the Crows have done for her. The Prince awakens as the Princess rewards the Crows. Now the Prince and Princess give Gerda beautiful new clothes, a good rest and prepare a royal carriage to continue her journey. The Prince and Princess send her off with hope to find Kay.






5th Story: The Little Robber Girl

In a forest, Gerda’s carriage is attacked by a Band of Robbers. They kill the coachman and footman, seize the horses, and drag Gerda from the carriage. The Old Robber Woman plans to roast Gerda for dinner, but her daughter the Little Robber Girl is lonely for a playmate. She demands Gerda be spared. Fearing her daughter's angry bites, the Old Robber Woman concedes. The Band of Robbers heads to their castle. Gerda and the Little Robber Girl ride in the carriage and become friends.

At the Band of Robbers' castle, Gerda meets the Little Robber Girl's captive reindeer Bae and Pigeons.

The Band of Robbers celebrate the day's success. The Old Robber Woman orders all to sleep. Unable to sleep, Bae and Gerda learn each other's stories: Bae being stolen from his family in the cold north and Gerda's search for Kay who disappeared with beautiful Snow Queen. The Little Robber Girl has been watching, and thinks Bae is stealing her new friend. Learning the truth the Little Robber Girl charges Bae to take Gerda to the Lapp Woman for help in the cold north. Gerda is outfitted for the journey and the two are sent off.



6th Story: The Lapp Woman and the Finn Woman

Bae and Gerda arrive at the Lapp Woman's hut to warmth and hospitality. Upon hearing their stories, she directs them further north to the Finn Woman's with a message for her written on a piece of dried cod.

Gerda and Bae journey to the Finn Woman's hut. The mysterious woman learns their stories and consults a rolled skin. The Finn Woman reports that Kay is indeed at the Snow Queen's Palace and under her power because of the splinter of glass in his heart and the piece in his eye. Bae pleads with the Finn Woman for a magic potion to give Gerda power against the Snow Queen. The Finn Woman reports it is Gerda's sweet, innocent heart that has gotten man and beast to serve her on her journey thus far, and it will be the only thing that will get her to the Snow Queen and free Kay.

The Finn Woman instructs Bae and Gerda to go quickly to a berry bush where they must part ways, for Gerda must continue alone. At the berry bush, the two friends part ways. Gerda stops to warm her hands and feet. A swarm of the Snow Queens’ Bees surrounds her but she says The Lord's Prayer. Now the cold smoke of her breath turns to angels who become warriors. The Angel Warriors prevail in battle against the Snow Bees and escort Gerda on her way.



7th Story: What Happened in the Snow Queen’s Palace, and What Came of it

Inside her palace, the Snow Queen exhorts and admonishes Kay on the benefits of solving the puzzle she has set before him. If he can spell the word Eternity out of sharp, flat pieces of ice, he will be his own master; she will give him the whole world and a new pair of skates. She announces a “trip to warmer countries to whiten them up a bit” and leaves with her Bees.

Outside the palace, Gerda trudges through wind and snow, but she says her evening prayer and the wind is lulled to rest. Inside the palace she enters the great hall. She notices a seemingly frozen figure in the center of a lake of ice. Recognizing him at once, she throws her arms about him. But he sits still, and stiff. Gerda sheds hot tears, which fall upon his heart and melt the lump of ice holding the sliver of glass and burn it away. He looks up at Gerda as she sings, “Where roses bloom s sweetly in the vale, There, you shall find the Christ Child without fail”. Kay bursts into tears washing the piece of glass out of his eye. They hold fast to each other with laughter and tears, dancing with bliss. They walk out of the palace hand in hand. As they journey back home they cross paths with the reindeer Bae, the Finn Woman and the Lapp Woman. Upon meeting the Little Robber Girl, they share stories. Kay and Gerda continue on their way and enter the town where they used to live. They race up the stairs to Grandmother's.

The Townspeople have heard the news of Gerda’s return with Kay. All rejoice as the Grandmother reads to them from her bible “Except ye become as little children, ye shall not enter the Kingdom of Heaven”. Kay and Gerda look into each other's eyes and notice one thing: they are all grown up!