December 1, 2011

This year, Portland Stage says, let it 'Snow'

The theater company debuts a mega production of 'The Snow Queen,' based on a tale by Hans Christian Andersen.

By Bob Keyes
Staff Writer

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The Snow Queen (Patricia Buckley) bewitches Kai (Ian Carlsen) as she takes him off to the Land of Winter in "The Snow Queen."

Darren Setlow photo courtesy of Portland Stage Company

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WHERE: Portland Stage Company, 25A Forest Ave., Portland

WHEN: Opens at 7 p.m. Friday and continues at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, noon Sunday and 7 p.m. Dec. 8. Runs through Dec. 24.

HOW MUCH: $30 to $40; $12 for children

INFO: 774-0465;

PORTLAND STAGE will present a dramatic reading of excerpts from "The Snow Queen" from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Children's Room at Portland Public Library. Local actors Mark Honan, Maureen Butler and Andrew Harris will help bring the Hans Christian Andersen tale to life. Copies of the book will be available for sale. For information about the library event, call 774-1043, Ext. 117.

Another aspect that vexed the staff briefly was the breakdown of the "God of Carnage" set. It included a huge sandbox that was full of sand. The theater went from sand to snow overnight. It hired a local company to come in and remove the sand with an industrial vacuum.

For costume shop manager Susan Thomas, "The Snow Queen" has been a top-of-mind concern since summer. She designed 100-plus different costumes for this show. After the show was cast, Thomas and her crew spent the heat of the summer thinking about winter as they made the costumes.

The cast for "The Snow Queen" includes many familiar local professional actors, as well several from New York.

Patricia Buckley comes from out of town to play the Snow Queen; she last appeared in Portland for the premiere of "Out of Sterno." Portland actor Ian Carlsen plays Kai. New York actress Lauren Orkus plays Gerda. This is her Portland Stage debut.

Other local actors with long histories at Portland Stage include Daniel Noel and Sally Wood. Tom Ford, who has appeared many times at Portland Stage, returns in a dual role.

Staff Writer Bob Keyes can be contacted at 791-6457 or:

Twitter: pphbkeyes


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