Ever since “Frozen” unthawed our emotions and inner songbird, snow queens have been golden.
So the Westport Country Playhouse’s Family Festivities Series is no doubt wise to present “Stella, Queen of the Snow” on Sunday, Jan.18, at 1 and 4 p.m. Produced by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, the one-hour show – based on the book by Marie-Louie Gay, the award-winning creator of “Stella and Sam” – is recommended for ages 3 to 7.
Using puppetry, original music and scenic effects, “Stella, Queen of the Snow” tells the story of an endearing sister and her younger brother as they spend the day playing in the snow. The forest, snowballs and snow angels, along with the mysterious white stuff itself, provide fuel for Sam’s questions and Stella’s answers as they embrace the world of winter. First published in 2000, the book remains a worldwide favorite and was adapted for television.
Pre-show activities will begin one hour before each performance, at noon and 3 p.m. Children will play a series of environmental theater games, using their imaginations to create a winter wonderland. Through acting games, they will explore their newly created world.
As at each Family Festivities performance, Westport Country Playhouse will once again host a book collection for Read to Grow Inc. Bins will be located in the playhouse lobby for donations of gently used and new children’s books, which will be given to families with limited access and to community resources that serve them in the greater Fairfield County area.
Tickets are $20. For tickets or more information, call the box office at (203) 227-4177, or toll-free at 1-888-927-7529, or visit Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. Tickets are also available at westportplayhouse.org. – edited by Georgette Gouveia