The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen

MARCH 4 – MARCH 20, 2016 • All Ages

Adapted from the story by Hans Christian Andersen
Written by Jennifer Kirkeby, Music by James Lekatz

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15-16-05-SnowWorld Premiere

The magical fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen that inspired Disney’s Frozen springs to life in this World Premiere ballet! When Gerda’s best friend Kai disappears she sets off on an epic journey to save his life. But can Gerda’s belief in their friendship break the Snow Queen’s enchantment before it’s too late? This timeless story is told through the art of dance and continues our popular performance collaboration with Escalate Dance that brought you Owl Moon, The Mitten and Twelve Dancing Princesses.

Stages Theatre Company would like to dedicate this production to Jill Harper and her family.

Performances run MARCH 4 – MARCH 20, 2016. Click buy tickets above to see performance schedule.

In collaboration with ESCALATE DANCE STUDIOescalate3

This production also features thrilling and beautiful aerial work on silk fabric that will leave you mystified.

PERFORMANCE RUN TIME: 50 Minutes

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WHO’S WHO

CAST

in alphabetical order

 

Ellen AndersonEllen Anderson (Dance Ensemble) We are excited to have Ellen on stage with Stages Theatre Company for the first time.  She also appeared in a production with Minnesota Dance Theater.  Ellen is in the 6th grade at Osseo Middle School, and has been dancing since she was 3 years old, including 3 years of competitive dance. She also enjoys family, friends, dancing, singing, school and road trips.  “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”  – Dr. Seuss

Halle AudetteHalle Audette (Dance Ensemble / Understudy Gerda) Halle is appearing in her fifth production with Stages Theatre Company.  She has previously appeared in Owl Moon, The Mitten, Twelve Dancing Princesses, and A Charlie Brown Christmas.  Halle has also appeared in productions with Cross Community Players.  She is 12 years old and in the 6th grade at Anoka Middle School for the Arts.  Special thanks to Sherry Dease, Halle’s first dance teacher, for starting her off on this journey with a strong foundation and great love for dance.

Faith BarrettFaith  Mingbao Barrett (Dance Ensemble) We are excited to have Faith in her Stages Theatre Company debut.  She was also part of our Next Stage: The Little Mermaid Jr.  Faith is 10 years old and in the 5th grade at Orono Intermediate School, and has been dancing since she was 4 years old.  She loves to sing, dogsled with her huskies and loves to read Rick Riordan and Harry Potter books. “Thanks to my dance teachers at Escalate, to my sister Ivy, and my mom and dad for helping me to do this show!”

Grace BlandoGrace Blando (Dance Ensemble) We are excited to have Grace making her Stages Theatre Company debut.  She has also appeared in  productions with Open Window Theatre.  Grace is 17 years old and in the 11th grade.  Grace’s passion is ballet, and she has been blessed with talented and supportive teachers.  Last summer, Grace studied at the Joffrey Ballet School in NYC.  Special thanks to Dixie Rairamo, Kirsten Iiams, and Marius Andaházy.

Sara BowmanSara Bowman (Dance Ensemble) We are excited to have Sara back for her second production with Stages Theatre Company, having previously appeared in Twelve Dancing Princesses.  She has also appeared in productions with Home Base Theater.  Sara is 13 years old, in the 7th grade at Maple Grove Middle School, and in her free time she enjoys hanging out with friends and family. “Thank you to my family for all of the support.  Also a big thank you to the carpool moms for driving us and making sure we get to shows and rehearsals!”

Morgan BurkumMorgan Burkum (Dance Ensemble) We are excited to have Morgan in her Stages Theatre Company debut.  Morgan is 13 years old and in the 7th grade at Maple Grove Middle School.  Some of her hobbies include dancing, playing piano, swimming, and playing the violin.  “Special thanks to my dance teachers for helping me become the dancer I am today.”

Zoe CarterZoe Carter (Dance Ensemble) Zoe is back at Stages Theatre Company for her third production, having previously appeared in Owl Moon and The Mitten.  She has also appeared in productions with Morris Park Players, Cross Community Players, and Maple Grove Middle School.  Zoe is 12 years old and in the 6th grade at Maple Grove Middle School. When Zoe is not on stage, she can usually be found with her nose in a good book, hanging out with her friends, or riding her bike to the library.  She’d like to thank her parents for driving her around to both dance and rehearsals, and to Ann Marie and Sandy for giving her this opportunity.

Arie CohenArie Cohen (Kai) We are excited to have Arie in his Stages Theatre Company debut.  He has also appeared in productions with Eden Prairie Players, Chaska Valley Family Theatre, Morris Park Players, Artistry, and Cross Community Players.  Arie is 12 years old and in the 6th grade at Eagle Ridge Academy.  Arie enjoys dance (ballet, lyrical, tap and clogging) and with Arie, no ones needs a radio, as he is always singing beautiful tunes.  He would like to thank his parents, sister, dance teachers, and his school for enabling him to be part of this production.

Natalie CruzatNatalie Cruzat (Dance Ensemble) We are excited to have Natalie in her Stages Theatre Company debut.  She has appeared in productions with Wayzata High School and Collierville Arts Academy.  Natalie is 15 years old and in the 9th grade.  She is a self-taught crochet enthusiast, Marvel fan, and lover of books, quotes, and literary wit.  “I subscribe to the belief that normal is just a setting on the dryer.”

Jack DahlagerJack Dahlager (Dance Ensemble / Understudy Kai) We are excited to have Jack in his Stages Theatre Company debut.  He has appeared in productions with GREAT Children’s Theatre, GREAT Theatre Company and Prairie Fire Theatre.  Jack is 10 years old and in the 4th grade at Garlough Environmental STEM Magnet School.  He enjoys baseball, theatre, school, running, math, singing, legos, and gymnastics.  “Work your hardest!”

Lydia DahlagerLydia Dahlager (Dance Ensemble) We are excited to have Lydia on stage with Stages Theatre Company for the first time.  She also appeared in productions with GREAT Children’s Theatre, GREAT Theatre Company and Two Rivers Community Theatre.  Lydia is 11 years old and in the 6th grade at Heritage E-STEM Middle School, and she enjoys LEGOS, gymnastics, dance, acting, drawing, coloring, playing with friends, and playing games with her family. “You can do anything if you try hard enough!”

Evelyn DigirolamoEvelyn Digirolamo (Adult Snow Queen) We are excited to have Everlyn in her Stages Theatre Company debut.  She has also appeared in productions with Sandbox Theatre, The Southern Theater, Off-Leash Area, Pangea World Theater, Teatro del Pueblo, Shakespeare and Company, Historical Perspectives for Children, Mad Munchkin Productions,  and Red Eye Theater.  Evelyn is currently teaching aerial silks at Escalate Dance Studio if you’d like to learn!  She also helps train police officers, medical staff and educators in de-escalation techniques for crisis situations with the Barbara Schneider Foundation and works as a teaching artist with Upstream Arts and East Side Neighborhood Services in Minneapolis.  “Fairy tales say that apples were golden only to refresh the forgotten moment when we found that they were green.”  -G.K. Chesterton

Liliana FeltonLiliana Felton (Dance Ensemble) Liliana is appearing in her sixth production with Stages Theatre Company.  She previously appeared in Little Mermaid Jr., The Mitten, The Wiz, James and the Giant Peach, and Twelve Dancing Princesses.  Liliana has also appeared in productions with FAIR School, SteppingStone Theatre, and Children’s Theatre Company.  Liliana is grateful to the staff at Stages and her family for allowing her to be a part of this fantastic show. When not on stage, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Emma HighfieldEmma Highfield (Gerda) Emma will be appearing in her fourth mainstage production with Stages Theatre Company, having previously appeared in The Mitten, Twelve Dancing Princesses and Owl Moon.  She is 13 years old and a student at Wayzata Central Middle School.  “Special thanks to my Mom and Dad for getting me where I need to be and supporting me. I have danced for 8 years at Escalate Dance.  A dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward its achievement.”

Clare JudgeClare Judge (Dance Ensemble) We are excited to have Clare appearing in her eighth main stage production with Stages Theatre Company.  She has previously appeared in Bridge to Terabithia; Llama, Llama Red Pajama, Seussical, Owl Moon, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, Twelve Dancing Princesses and Junie B. Jones – The Musical.  I would like to thank everyone at Stages and Escalate Dance and Theater Studio for inviting me to be part of this wonderful experience.”  “Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos.” – Stephen Sondheim

Allison KiewattAllison Kiewatt (Dance Ensemble) Allison is back for her third show with Stages Theatre Company, having previously appeared in Owl Moon and Twelve Dancing Princesses.  She is 13 years old and in the 7th grade at Maple Grove Middle School.  Besides dancing, she enjoys baking,and she loves dogs.  “A special thanks to my parents for driving me to rehearsals and performances.  There is always a reason to smile!”

Bridget MillerBridget Miller (Dance Ensemble) We are excited to have Bridget in her Stages Theatre Company debut.  She was also part of our Next Stage: The Little Mermaid Jr.  Bridget has also appeared in productions with Hopkins High School.  She is 12 years old and in the 6th grade at Alice Smith Elementary School.  “I like acting, singing and dancing. I plan to continue my acting career at Stages. I also want to give a special thanks to my parents for supporting me through dance all the way to acting. They were such a big help.”

Sara MoreauSara Moreau (Dance Ensemble) We are excited to have Sara in her Stages Theatre Company debut.  She is 12 years old and in the 6th grade at Breck School.  She has been dancing since she was two years old, and her favorite type of dance is lyrical.  Sara loves to ride horses, snuggle her puppy Kazi, gymnastics and hanging out with her friends.  “I would like to thank my parents for their love and support.  I would also like to thank my cast members, all my friends, and my dance teachers for encouraging and supporting me.”

Maryn ReaderMaryn Reader (Dance Ensemble) We are excited to have Maryn return to Stages Theatre Company for her second show, having recently appeared in There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom.  She has appeared in productions with Chanhassen Dinner Theaters, Children’s Theatre Company, and Minnetonka Theatre.  Maryn is 13 years old and in the 7th grade at Minnetonka Middle School East.  “I love to sing, dance and act. I also enjoy sewing and drawing. Special thanks to my parents for supporting me in all I do.” 

Abby ReynoldsAbby Reynolds (Dance Ensemble) We are excited to have Abby in her Stages Theatre Company debut.  She has also appeared in productions with FAIR School Crystal, Robbinsdale Middle School and Off Broadway Theatre.  Abby is 13 years old and in the 7th grade.  She does dance, ballet, tap and silks at Escalate Dance Studio, competes in gymnastics, and loves to sing, draw and make crafts. “In a Friends episode, Mike tells Phoebe she is ‘wonderfully weird.’ I feel like that is what I am.”

Zoe SaxZoe Sax (Dance Ensemble) Zoe is back on stage with Stages Theatre Company for her third production, having previously appeared in Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and Duck for President.  She also appeared in productions with Ordway Center for the Performing Arts and Morningside Theatre Company.  Zoe is 14 years old and in the 9th grade at Hopkins North Junior High School.  “I have worked backstage for 6 shows at Stages! I also like to play violin and tennis. I’d like to thank my mom for encouraging me to keep auditioning for shows.”

Lizzie SemingtonLizzie Semington (Dance Ensemble) We are excited to have Lizzie return to Stages Theatre Company, having previously appeared in Junie B. Jones – The Musical.  She was also part of our Next Stage: The Little Mermaid Jr.  Lizzie is 11 years old, in the 5th grade at Highlands Elementary School, and loves to dance and play the piano.  “I never wanted to be famous, I only wanted to be great.” – Ray Charles

Anna StenersonAnna Stenerson (Dance Ensemble) Anna is appearing in her third production with Stages Theatre Company.  She previously appeared in The Mitten and Twelve Dancing Princesses.  Anna is 13 years old and in the 7th grade at Maple Grove Middle School.  She enjoys baking, hanging with friends and dancing. “You can find me at Escalate almost every day.  I would like to thank my parents and all of the carpool moms (and sometimes dads!) for driving us to and from Stages and Escalate!  I would also like to thank all my dance teachers, without them I would never be the dancer I am today.”

Jozie TamarkinJozie Tamarkin (Dance Ensemble) Jozie will be appearing in her fourth mainstage production with Stages Theatre Company, having previously appeared in Owl Moon, The Mitten and Twelve Dancing Princesses.  She has also appeared in a production with Fridley Community Theatre and Maple Grove High School.  She is 13 years old and in the 8th grade at Maple Grove Middle School.  “I’ve been in dance for 10 years. Special thanks to my family, and Ann Marie Omeish for driving me to rehearsal.”

Sophia WulfSophia Wulf (Dance Ensemble) We are excited to have Sophia back for her third production with Stages Theatre Company.  She previously appeared in Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and Starry River of the Sky.  She has also appeared in productions with Prairie Fire Theatre and Buffalo Community Theatre.  Sophia is 13 years old and in the 8th grade at Buffalo Community Middle School.  She enjoys singing, dancing, acting and playing violin. “I would like to thank all my teachers, friends, and family.”  If you can dream it, you can do it. -Walt E. Disney

 

CREATIVE TEAM

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR / DIRECTOR – Sandy Boren-Barrett
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR ESCALATE DANCE / DIRECTOR – Ann Marie Omeish
STAGE MANAGER – Emilia Allen
LIGHTING DESIGNER – Barry Browning
AERIAL CHOREOGRAPHER – Evelyn Digirolamo
TECH DIRECTOR – Jim Hibbeler
CHOREOGRAPHERS – Shannon Raines, Katie Schlosser, Anna Esposito, Nikki Swoboda, Anna Hickey and Evelyn Digirolamo
COSTUME & MAKE-UP DESIGNER – Lisa Jones
COMPOSER & SOUND DESIGNER – James Lekatz
WRITTEN BY – Jennifer Kirkeby
PRODUCTION MANAGER – Melanie Salmon-Peterson
PROPS DESIGNER – Abbee Warmboe
SET DESIGNER – Holly Windingstad

PRODUCTION SUPPORT
Scenic Artist: Cinde Ashley
Lighting Crew: Jeff Neppl, Jordan Noltner
Scenic Carpenters: Cody R. Braudt, Matt Ouren
Scene Shop Volunteers: Lenetta Jacobson, Kelly Larson, Linae Larson, Russell Malmsten, Rebecca Prvost, Mary Thorson, Mariann Wolf, Roxie Wolfe, Joanne Walvatne
Aerial Rigging: Josh Peklo, Jim Domenick

Photos of THE SNOW QUEEN

A Sneak Peek of the Snow

Creating The Snow Queen

Introducing The Snow Queen

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 Get to know some of the choreographers that worked on THE SNOW QUEEN

 

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