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The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen

by Hans Christian Andersen

PLEASE NOTE: This page is for The Snow Queen from December 2011

Click here for our 2013 production of The Snow Queen

Illustration by Vladyslav Yerko, from the book published by A-BA-BA-HA-LA-MA-HA  Courtesy Anderson House Foundation

December 2 - 24, 2011 - Portland Stage has created an enchanting new Mainstage holiday production of The Snow Queen, the beloved fairy tale of devotion, bravery and the triumph of love. When Gerda's best friend Kai is bewitched and imprisoned by the mysterious Snow Queen, the young girl embarks on a journey to the land of winter to save him. With magical characters from crows to rosebushes to reindeer, Andersen's story has warmed the hearts of children and adults around the world for almost 200 years.

For the young at heart -  From ages 5 to 95

Running Time: 1 hour 45 minutes, including a 15 minute intermission



December 2, 2011 at 7:00 PM | Parking & Directions
December 3, 2011 at 2:00 PM | Parking & Directions
December 3, 2011 at 7:00 PM | Parking & Directions
December 4, 2011 at 12:00 PM | Parking & Directions
December 8, 2011 at 7:00 PM | Parking & Directions
December 9, 2011 at 7:00 PM | Parking & Directions
December 10, 2011 at 2:00 PM | Parking & Directions
December 10, 2011 at 7:00 PM | Parking & Directions
December 11, 2011 at 12:00 PM | Parking & Directions
December 11, 2011 at 5:00 PM | Parking & Directions
December 14, 2011 at 7:00 PM | Parking & Directions
December 15, 2011 at 7:00 PM | Parking & Directions
December 16, 2011 at 7:00 PM | Parking & Directions
December 17, 2011 at 2:00 PM | Parking & Directions
December 17, 2011 at 7:00 PM | Parking & Directions
December 18, 2011 at 12:00 PM | Parking & Directions
December 18, 2011 at 5:00 PM | Parking & Directions
December 20, 2011 at 7:00 PM | Parking & Directions
December 21, 2011 at 7:00 PM | Parking & Directions
December 22, 2011 at 7:00 PM | Parking & Directions
December 23, 2011 at 2:00 PM | Parking & Directions
December 23, 2011 at 7:00 PM | Parking & Directions
December 24, 2011 at 12:00 PM | Parking & Directions

Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875)  was a Danish writer, poet, and playwright, best known as the author of some of the world’s most widely read fairytales. Born into poverty in Odense, Denmark, Andersen began his career as an aspiring actor, but turned to writing while at the University of Copenhagen. Although he first achieved literary recognition in the 1830s for his plays and novels, it was his fairytales that eventually made him an international literary figure. Andersen was an innovator in children’s fiction, writing most of his tales in a spoken rather than literary idiom, and depicting suffering and unhappy endings while still staying connected to a child’s perspective. Among the best-known of his over 150 children’s stories are The Princess and the Pea (1835), The Little Mermaid (1836), The Emperor’s New Clothes (1837), The Ugly Duckling (1844), and The Little Match Girl (1848).

Andersen’s story The Snow Queen (Sneedronningen, in Danish) was first published in 1845 in his fourth collection of Eventyr (or Tales). One of Andersen’s longest stories, it is also regarded by some critics as his masterpiece, and has remained one of his most popular tales over the years. The Snow Queen has been adapted numerous times for film and television, with animated versions appearing in 1957, 1976, 1995, and 2000 and live-action versions in 1966, 1985, 2002, and 2005. The story has also been adapted into at least two operas, two ballets, and numerous theatrical versions. This current adaptation is being created by Portland Stage and will make its world premiere with this production.



Patricia Buckley (The Snow Queen): New York credits include Flesh and Blood at New York Theatre Workshop, Scenes From An Execution with Potomac Theatre Project, God of Carnage at MileSquare Theatre, Hitting The Wall at The Clurman Theatre and Those Who Can, Do with Clubbed Thumb. International credits include Gams On The Lam Performance Company for US, Canada, Mexico and European tours and K de Calle Teatro y Animacion in Spain.  Regional credits include Lost in Yonkers at Papermill Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse and Jupiter Maltz Theatre, Much Ado About Nothing and Out of Sterno (premiere) at Portland Stage, The Heidi Chronicles at Berkshire Theatre Festival, Twelfth Night and The Three Musketeers with Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Yang Zen Frogs in Moon Over A Hong Kong Sweatshop at LaJolla Playhouse, Lost in Yonkers at Coconut Grove Playhouse and Walnut Street Theatre, and Flesh and Blood at Portland Center Stage.  Film and television appearances include Law & Order (NBC), Death of A President (Film 4/Channel 4), Kabluey (Sony), The Delicious (Fox Searchlight) and Anna Is Being Stalked (Sundance Channel).  Her solo play Evolution will be produced in New York City in Spring 2012.

Ian Carlson (Kai) After playing in the ensemble of A Christmas Carol eight years ago, Ian is happy to be working with Portland Stage again. Previous work with PSC includes several appearances in The Little Festival of the Unexpected and the From Away series. Work elsewhere includes: Ubu Roi, Blood Wedding and The Threepenny Opera (Lorem Ipsum); Loves Labour's Lost, Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Fenix Theater Company); Six Degrees of Seperation and The History Boys (Mad Horse Theater); The Little Dog Laughed and Hay Fever (Good Theater); Equus, Proof, Lysistrata and The Shape of Things (University of Southern Maine); Philadephia Here I Come!, Playboy of the Western World, and The Cripple of Inishmaan (AIRE); A Servant of Two Masters and Doc Faust! A Wild Western Musical (L/A Arts); Titus Andronicus (Two Lights Theater). Ian is a member of MINT Films, and a founding member of Lorem Ipsum. He would like to thank his friends and his family for their love and support.

Tom Ford (Inventor / Crow) Portland Stage: Schott in Bach at Leipzig, Lady Enid, et al in The Mystery of Irma Vep, I Am My Own Wife, Billy in Iron Kisses, Kipps in The Woman in Black, Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Max in Lend Me a Tenor, Mr. Manningham in Gaslight and Yvan in Art. Broadway: Alan Ayckbourn and Andrew Lloyd Weber's By Jeeves at the Helen Hayes Theater. New London Barn Playhouse: Sheridan Whiteside in The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Man in the Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone, Pseudolous in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Elwood P. Dowd in Harvey, Major General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance, Edna Turnblad in Hairspray, Sipos in She Loves Me and Max in The Producers. Boise Contemporary Theater: Truman Capote in Tru, I Am My Own Wife. Idaho Shakespeare Festival: the Baker in Into the Woods, Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet, the King of Navarre in Love's Labour's Lost, Gremio in The Taming of the Shrew, Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Touchstone in As You Like It, Casca in Julius Caesar, the title role in You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown and Hucklebee in The Fantasticks. Great Lakes Theater Festival: Into the Woods, A Funny Thing Happened..., Love's Labour's Lost, Julius Caesar, as Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol, Nicola in Arms and the Man and Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Other performances: Dromio of Ephesus in The Comedy of Errors at Pittsburgh Public Theater, Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream at Lincoln Center Director's Lab, Once Around the City at New York Stage and Film, Rutherford and Son at the Mint Theater, Salvador Dali in Hysteria at Florida Studio Theater, Johnny in Maurice Sendak's production of Really Rosie, and Hysterium in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at McCarter Theatre. tomfordactor.com

Daniel Noel (Storyteller / Ba) is an Affiliate Artist at Portland Stage where he co-created the Longfellow’s Shorts series and is on the Artistic Advisory Committee. As an actor, he has appeared in The Human Comedy on Broadway and for Joe Papp at the New York Shakespeare Festival where, among other things, he was featured in Liz Swados The Beautiful Lady on WNYC’s Live From The Public. At Portland Stage, Dan has been seen in Bach at Leipzig, The Drawer Boy, Arcadia, Terminal Exit, The Foreigner, Rough Crossing, Longfellow: A Life in Words, A Christmas Carol, From Away and Little Festivals since 1998/1999. Regional theater and opera work includes The Brooklyn Academy of Music- Next Wave Festival, Lincoln Center, New Playwrights, Santa Monica Playhouse, Boston’s New Opera and Musical Theater Initiative, Portland Symphony, The Theater at Monmouth, North Shore Music Theater, P.S. 122 and Seattle Repertory Theater. TV includes ABC’s Loving, Liberty News TV, The Poet Café and numerous PBS programs. Films include: As We Were, Inn Season (Best Actor, ME 48 Hr. Film Festival), Pennyweight, Alias: The Lost Episode, The Barn and The Fun House. Look for him in the feature film, Anatomy of The Tide this summer and Portland Stage’s next show, Trouble Is My Business. For Maureen.

Lauren Orkus (Gerda) was most recently seen as Luciana in Comedy of Errors and the Jailor's Daughter in Two Noble Kinsmen at The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. Credits include: Marlene in My Sweet Charlie (Abingdon); Anne in The Diary of Anne Frank (St. Louis Rep.); Cathie in the world premiere of The House in Hydesville (Geva Theatre); Sasha in Ivanov (Miscreant Theatre, NYC); Sister James in Doubt (Weston Playhouse); Charlotte in Night of the Iguana (Berkshire Theatre Festival); Raina in Arms and the Man (Orlando Shakespeare Theater); Pi in End's Eve (Fringe NYC); Mary Warren in The Crucible (Asolo Theatre Festival); Ghost of Christmas Past/Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol (American Drama Group Europe/German Tour). Lauren is also a teaching artist with Opening Act, an after-school acting program for under-served schools in the New York City area. MFA from Florida State University/Asolo Theatre Conservatory; BA from Penn State University.

Sally Wood (Princess / Robber Girl) is thrilled to be working on another new project with Anita Stewart and the rest of the team here at Portland Stage. Sally is an actor, fight choreographer, teaching artist and director. Sally has worked regionally, abroad and is currently an adjunct professor at the University of New England. At Portland Stage, Sally has performed in Gaslight (with Tom Ford), A Christmas Carol, Augusta, Julius Caesar, Peer Gynt, Daniel Noel's Longfellow: A Life in Words. Sally has directed Doubt, The Drawer Boy, The Gin Game, Last Gas and this season, she will direct Hidden Tennessee. Sally was delighted to receive the 1st annual PEER Award for Best Director in 2010. Much love to Mr. F., and both wonderful Tuckers.


Megan Acker is a Freshman at Scarborough High School and this is her second production with PSC. Megan has participated in theater since the age of nine. Some of the productions Megan has been in include Dracula at Stages Performing Arts, A Christmas Carol with Portland Stage, The Boyfriend with Oak Hill Players and more. In her free time, Megan enjoys reading, playing flute, and watching old movies with her mom. She would like to thank her family for their support and the cast and crew of The Snow Queen for an amazing show. Enjoy the Show!

Jane Ackermann is an eighth grader at King Middle School. She is honored to be involved in The Snow Queen. Some credits include: A Christmas Carol, Peer GyntMuch ado About Nothing (Portland Stage), The TempestTwelfth Night (Shakespeare and Company's Riotous Youth), Hurricane Smith and Friday Knight Fever (King Middle School). Voiceover projects include: Mercy; The Last New England VampireThat Kind Of Dog, and Mary Mae and the Gospel Truth. She is currently studying voice with Michael Albert at the Portland Conservatory of Music. Thank you PSC for this amazing opportunity! Happy Holidays!

Elizabeth Albahary is a Fourth Grader at Wentworth School. She is excited to join Portland Stage's production of The Snow Queen. Her past Portland area theater experiences include; The Wizard of Oz, A Christmas Carol (Old Port Playhouse), as well as Arundel and Ogunquit Playhouse productions, and local films.  Elizabeth enjoys theater, acting, music, and skiing.  Big thanks to all who support and encourage her love of acting.
Frances Bliss is in 7th grade at King Middle School. This is her first year performing at Portland Stages. In previous years, she has been in a few musicals, including Space Camp, Spooky School and Blue Moon Diner, all original productions written by Keith Anctil and Denise Calkins at Breakwater Creative Arts Camp. She has also been in a few school plays. Franci loves to dance, sing, act, draw, and enjoys being a library aid at her school.

Helen BellaFiore is a 7th grader at Lincoln Middle School. This is her third year performing with Portland Stage having performed the past two years in A Christmas Carol. She is thrilled to be part of The Snow Queen. Helen enjoys acting, singing, reading and putting on performances with her friends. She plays piano, bassoon and sings with Musica De Filia. Past works include; Pippin, Charlotte's Web, The Witches and various school plays. Helen participated in an off broadway acting camp in New York City this past summer. Many thanks to her family, friends and her chickens.

Frances Bliss is in 7th grade at King Middle School. This is her first year preforming at Portland Stages. In previous years, she has been in a few musicals, including Space Camp, Spooky School and Blue Moon Diner, all original productions written by Keith Anctil and Denise Calkins at Breakwater Creative Arts Camp. She has also been in a few school plays. Franci loves to dance, sing, act, draw, and Just be out there! 

Cecelia Botting is a 8th grader at King Middle School.  Other plays Cecelia has participated in at Portland Stage include; A Comedy of Errors, Much Ado About Nothing, Peer Gynt and A Christmas Carol. Some of Cecelia's hobbies include; playing piano, dancing and acting.

Hannah Calkin is a sophomore at Catherine McAuley High School. She was part of the cast of A Christmas Carol last year at Portland Stage, and is thrilled to be doing The Snow Queen. Hannah played Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream for her school production, and was also in a short film for an NYU graduate. For the past two summers she has participated in Shakespeare workshops at Portland Stage. Hannah also has a passion for writing and riding horses.

Avery Ecker is thrilled to be making her Portland Stage debut! She has been in Alice in Wonderland, Honk!, and The King and I  at Maine State Music Theatre as well as several community and school productions. Thank you to my family, friends, and teachers for all your support and encouragement! 

David Glendinning, a retired Episcopal priest, has worked, since 1989, with the Freeport Players as carpenter, cast member, President, producer and occasional director. He has performed with Portland Stage in eleven seasons of A Christmas Carol and is delighted to continue the string with The Snow Queen. David has also been involved with a dozen other PSC productions since 2000, both on stage and back stage. He has just begun his fourth term on the PSC Board of Trustees and serves as Vice President responsible for Development.

Josie DiPhilippo is in the 8th grade at Mahoney Middle School. She has previously appeared in two seasons of A Christmas Carol at Portland Stage and also in The Music Man at Portland Players.  Josie plays the piano and flute and performs in the Mahoney band, jazz band and chorus.  She also enjoys hiking, biking, playing tennis, swimming and camping.

Jenny DiPhilippo is a 6th grade student at Mahoney Middle School in South Portland.  She has previously appeared in three seasons of A Christmas Carol at Portland Stage and she is excited to be back this year in the production of The Snow Queen.  Jenny loves to run and is a member of Mahoney's cross country and track teams.  She also plays the clarinet and enjoys reading, singing and being outdoors.

Tommy DiPhilippo is in the 4th grade at Brown Elementary School. He has previously appeared at Portland Stage for two seasons of A Christmas Carol. Tommy loves math and science, he enjoys camping and fishing, and he likes to build things in his father's carpentry shop.

Lynnea Harding is a 9th grader at Falmouth High School and is excited to be in PSC's production of The Snow Queen. Portland Stage: Cratchit Child/Ensemble and Fan, A Christmas Carol (five seasons); Gloria, Wait Until Dark ; Other Favorites: July , Annie (MSMT); Young Eponine, Les Miserables (MSMT); Hermia, A Midsummer Night Dream (Freeport Shakespeare); The Mirror, Snow White (Falmouth High School). Lynnea is an active singer of the Musica de Filia Concert Choir, and the piano accompanist for the Lyric Choir. She is also a violinist in the Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra.  Lynnea would like to give a huge thanks to her family and friends, and especially Anita for her remarkable work and for another amazing season.

Erin McKeown is twelve years old and goes to Scarborough Middle School. This is her second production with Portland Stage. In her free time she likes to read, write, do art projects and hang out with her friends. Erin loves acting with the people at Portland Stage and has made some amazing friends along the way. She hopes you enjoy the show and that you can come again next season. Happy Holidays!

Bianca Peterman is in sixth grade at The Friends School of Portland. She is an active member of the Friends School cross- country team called the ‘Foxes'. She also enjoys making jewelry, sewing, and writing, as well as developing and producing stop motion animated short films. She was an active member of the performance "Godzilla Attacks' at SPACE Gallery's 2011 ‘Block Party'. This is her first performance with Portland Stage. She lives in Hollis with her family, two dogs and six chickens.

Ruby Peterman is in the third grade at The Friends School of Portland located on Mackworth Island.  This is her second performance with Portland Stage, last year she played Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol.  In the summer of 2011, she performed on the movie set ‘Godzilla Attacks' for SPACE Gallery's ‘Block Party'. When not acting she enjoys reading and soccer. She plans to be a baker when she grows up. She lives in Hollis with her family, two dogs and six chickens.

Julia Pilk is ten years old (turning 11 Dec. 9th) and a fifth grader at Cape Elizabeth Middle School.  She is delighted to be in Portland Stage's The Snow Queen!  Julia appeared in The Music Man at The Ogunquit Playhouse this past summer.  She loves playing soccer, playing flute, cooking and singing!  Julia lives in Cape Elizabeth with her Mom, Dad, and her two sisters, Taylor and Lexi.

Bari Robinson is thrilled to be part of this fantastic cast! Maine credits include: Six Degrees of Separation, Enemy of the People, Shakespeare's Villains (self-designed), The Tempest, Twelfth Night with the Freeport Shakespeare Festival. New York Credits: Blood Knot, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Henry VI part III, FringeNYC, and others. Thank you to everyone who has made this production possible! MFA Columbia University. BA Bowdoin College.


Anita Stewart (Director) Anita Stewart's work as a director and adapter is been seen every fall during PSC's production of A Christmas Carol.  She has also directed and adapted Peer Gynt and directed Women and the Sea. Additionally, Anita has worked as a set and costume designer at leading theatres across the country, including: the Guthrie, Seattle Rep, Canadian Opera Company, A.R.T in Boston, Steppenwolf and New York Theater Workshop. 

Hans Indigo Spencer (Music Director) Called a "master composer" by the Boston Globe for his jazz orchestra's debut jazz CD, First Storybook, his career stretches over twenty years of supporting stories for theater directors, filmmakers, animators, and choreographers.  Broadcast composing credits include shows on National Geographic Channel, History Channel, PBS, Cartoon Network, the Science Channel, and Investigation Discovery.  He has created music for plays at Portland Stage - Iron Kisses, Magnetic North, and Passion of the Hausfrau.  He has also underscored hundreds of improv comedy shows at Improv Boston Theater, played saxophone with bands such as the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra and his own Indigo Invention Group, and written jazz compositions for those groups as well.  The Chameleon Arts Ensemble, one of Boston's premier classical chamber groups, regularly features his music in their family concerts which he helps design and present.  Most recently, his compositions Glue and Music is Ours included parts for audience members and students to play along with the professional ensemble. He was educated in classical composition at Oberlin Conservatory and earned a Master's Degree in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory.  He taught general and choral music in the Cambridge Public Schools while teaching graduate courses at Lesley University on integrating music with other curriculum areas. Composing music for documentaries marries his work creating and teaching music, and helping people learn broader subjects through music.

Susan Thomas (Costume Designer) is now in her sixth season as the Costume Shop Manager at Portland Stage. Some of Susan's design credits at Portland Stage include: (current season)The Snow Queen, The Santaland Diaries, 2 Pianos 4 Hands, (previous seasons) A Christmas Carol , The Real McGonagall, Mary's Wedding, Fully Committed, and Longfellow: A Life in Words. Shows Susan has designed at various theaters include: Goat, Tea & Sympathy, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Indoor/ Outdoor, Almost Maine, As You Like It, The Tempest, Henry V, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, Richard III, and One for the Road. Susan has worked in the costume shops of a variety of regional and local theatres including: Mad Horse Theatre, Theatre Department at USM, Maine State Music Theater Costume Rentals, Geva Theater Center, Shakespeare & Company, The Theater at Monmouth, Fenix Theatre Company, The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, and Port Opera. Enjoy the show!

Gregg Carville (Sound Designer)  is a free-lance lighting and sound designer who has worked in the Portland area for a while. A native of Maine, he previously worked for Portland Stage in both administrative and production roles. Gregg is currently the technical director for Merrill Auditorium and other City of Portland venues. He received a MFA in Lighting Design from NYUTisch School of the Arts in 2002. He continues to free-lance as a designer as well as consults on various theatrical projects.

Bryon Winn (Lighting Designer) is delighted to be returning to Portland Stage for his 14th season. He has designed over 30 productions for Portland Stage. His design work has also been seen at Trinity Rep, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Axis Theatre, Intersection for the Arts, Miranda Theatre Company, Utah Musical Theatre, Middlebury College, Cornell College, Riverside Theatre and Iowa Summer Rep. Bryon serves as the Director of Theatre at the University of Iowa and is a member of United Scenic Artist 829.

Myles C. Hatch (Stage Manager) is currently enjoying his 12th season stage-managing with Portland Stage. During the past twenty one years, Myles has worked in stage management with such diversified theatres as The Freeport Shakespeare Festival (ME), Maine State Music Theatre (ME), The Theater at Monmouth (ME), Arden Theatre Company (PA), Baltimore Shakespeare Festival (MD), Everyman Theatre (MD), Rep Stage (MD), Horse Cave Theatre (KY), New Stage Theatre (MS), Round House Theatre (MD), Source Theatre Company (D.C.), Washington Stage Guild (D.C.), Washington Jewish Theatre (D.C.), Asolo Theatre Company (FL), Westport Country Playhouse (CT), and the YALE Summer Cabaret (CT). Myles will next stage manage Hidden Tennessee here at Portland Stage. Myles is a member of the Actors' Equity Association 




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