Winter is upon us. The temperature is once again dipping to frigid, but this year the cold air has brought a classic fairytale to warm the hearts of theatergoers.

Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen” returns to Portland Stage. And it’s as magical and unique as a finely wrought snowflake.

Like the theater’s ever-popular rendition of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” “The Snow Queen is a whirlwind story, told primarily through narration. The narration comes from the storyteller (Daniel Noel), the core cast and an ensemble of 11 young actors. Often, all 17 are telling the story in tandem, or in unison.

The production doesn’t require an elaborate set to dazzle patrons. In true fairytale fashion, every flower, bush, bird, animal and snowflake has a personality. And a cast member brings each vividly to the stage.

 

April Boyle is a free-lance writer from Casco. She can be contacted at:

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Read the full review in the Maine Sunday Telegram.