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World Premiere of the Snow Queen at the Hippodrome this Holiday Season!

World Premiere of the Snow Queen at the Hippodrome this Holiday Season!

There’s no place like the Hippodrome for the holidays!  Go on a magical and icy adventure in a new adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s, THE SNOW QUEEN.

The Hippodrome has brought you beloved stories and fun holiday musicals every season, and if you enjoyed the season opener, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, you’ll love THE SNOW QUEEN. Commissioned by the Hippodrome, THE SNOW QUEEN, is abeautifully retold new theatrical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale.

The new adaptation of THE SNOW QUEEN is written and directed by the Hipp’s own Acting Company Member and University of Florida Theatre Professor Charlie Mitchell.  “The idea for adapting the story came from the Hipp’s artistic director Lauren Warhol Caldwell who approached me with the idea because she was obsessed with this piece,” says Mitchell.

THE SNOW QUEEN’s most famous adaptation is the Disney phenomenon “Frozen.”  Mitchell says, “I wasn’t familiar with “The Snow Queen,” I only knew it as the story that Disney’s “Frozen” was based on.  However, once I read it, I was drawn in and found it much richer, denser, and more interesting than the animated movie.  Disney’s “Frozen” only scratched the surface and now I’m obsessed with “The Snow Queen.”

Mitchell’s version is a classic journey story; one about a brave girl, alone, fighting to save a friend in a world that is both magical and hostile. He wanted to honor the fairy tale but also reach an adult audience to find a strong reason for this story to exist now. Mitchell’s story is about a writer who is haunted by his past and suddenly meets a potential new love, who has a daughter named Gerda.  In order to win Gerda’s good graces he tells her a story where she’s the hero. Soon, real life and fantasy start to blur and Gerda sets out on a magical and icy adventure!

“THE SNOW QUEEN is a great holiday show because it deals with issues we reexamine during this time of year – friendship, love, family – the ties that bind” says Mitchell, “And a little magic never hurts.”

Cast (in alphabetical order): Grace Abel, David Patrick Ford *^, Sami Gresham, David Leppert, Stephanie Lynge *^, Jeremy Martinez, Christie Robinson and Karel Wright*. *Member of the Actor’s Equity Association. ^ Hippodrome Company Member

Directed by Charlie Mitchell; Set design by Mihai Ciupe; Costume design by Jessica Kreitzer; Lighting design by Robert P. Robins; Sound design by Amanda Yanes; Properties design by Angie Zylla; Stage Managed by Amber Wilkerson.

Kids Get in Free!Sunday, November 28 through Tuesday, December 8. Kids get in free with a paying adult and donation of non-perishable food item or unwrapped new toy. The Hippodrome donates all food to Bread of the Mighty Food Bank, and toys to Toys for Tots. Details at thehipp.org and the Hippodrome Box Office (352) 375-HIPP (4477)

On stage November 27-December 20, 2015 with 7 shows a week – Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 7pm; Thursdays & Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 8:30; Sundays at 2 & 7pm.

Tickets on sale now at (352)375-HIPP (4477) and thehipp.org.

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