snow queen

Cuesta College Drama Department kicks off the holiday season with “The Snow Queen,” an adaptation of the beloved Hans Christian Anderson fairytale about good versus evil, in six performances at the Cultural and Performing Arts Center’s main stage beginning Friday, Nov. 30.

In this modern and family-friendly telling of the classic fable, written and directed by Philip Valle, two best friends are separated by the chilling grasp of the Snow Queen. To save her best friend, Greta begins a hero’s journey through the frozen landscape.

Along the way, Greta encounters witches, thieves, talking birds and enchanted reindeer. Thanks to today’s technology — radar and GPS — the news media is able to follow Greta’s progress.

“The production uses a rich palate of video projections and photography to create a dynamic and magical experience,” Valle said. “The play is intended to be heroic, humorous, frightening and heartfelt.

“We want to offer the community a rich and positive story for the holidays. One that inspires both the heart and the mind,” he said.

Opening weekend performances will be held Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. Additional performances are set for Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.

Tickets, $10 for students and $15 for general admission, can be ordered online at Park free in Lot No. 2. For more information, call 546-3198

Jay Thompson | (805) 546-3100, ext. 2636 | Email: | Posted Nov. 19, 2012