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Dec. 5, 2014
By Alexandra Mortallaro, media relations assistant
Alpha Psi Omega, Northwest Missouri State University’s honorary theater fraternity, will present “Snow Queen,” a play inspired by the popular Hans Christian Andersen tale that also was the basis for Disney’s blockbuster, “Frozen.”
The ensemble will give two performances at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, in the Studio Theatre at the Ron Houston Center for Performing Arts. The play's runtime is about 30 minutes.
The show is open to the public and admission is $3 or two canned goods at the door. Children ages 2 and under will be admitted for free.
“Snow Queen” was written by Megan Friend, a senior speech and theater education major from Omaha, Neb., and Alpha Psi Omega president. The play is directed by Bethanie Swiney, a senior speech and theater education major from Fulton, Mo.
Friend developed the idea for “Snow Queen” last summer while working as a teaching artist intern at the Lexington Children’s Theatre in Lexington, Ky.
“I wanted to tell a fun story about something that I thought children would be interested in,” Friend said. “Christmas is my favorite time of year, and there was something compelling to me about winter and snow and how that time feels as a young person.”
While the play does not feature any of the characters from “Frozen,” it is based on the original Hans Christian Andersen composition and explores humility, equality and friendship.
“It's a completely new story with new characters,” Friend said. “I think that's what is so wonderful about fairy tales, they can be interpreted in many different ways. All of the characters are of my own creation, and although the public won't see Elsa or Anna I hope they will relate to and learn to like these new characters in this different adaptation.”
In addition to producing the show on the Northwest stage, students will tour with “Snow Queen” to schools throughout the region during the University’s winter break.
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