‘The Ice Princess’ opens the season at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

A brave young princess brings the warmth of healing to the cold in Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s The Ice Princess, an enchanting new adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale, The Snow Queen.

Ideal for children ages 3 to 12, The Ice Princess runs June 2 to August 5 in the Schubert Theatre at the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts at DeSales University.

“This adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen truly has its roots in the power of theatre to transport an audience and engage their imagination,” says director Pirronne Yousefzadeh. “The production captures the spirit of ensemble collaboration, in both the physical magic they are creating together as well as the use of new, original music, composed for the show by Liz Filios.”

In this heartwarming tale Princess Gemma, played by Stephanie Hodge, and her brother and best friend Prince Kylan, played by Dane Lavery, discover a chilling magical power in the dazzling wintry woods.

Narrated by a reindeer, played by Julianne Schaub, the story begins when Princess Gemma gains a bit of the Snow Queen’s magical ability and discovers both the wonder and the heartache it can bring. Princess Gemma flies to the forest to find the Snow Queen who she hopes will help her save a loved one.

On Gemma’s quest to find the Snow Queen, played by Ilia Paulino, the Princess meets a game-playing Trickster (Dane McMichael), some sneaky robbers (Andrew Scoggin, Victoria Scovens, and Keri Ann Moynihan), and a tongue-tied troll (Michael Coval). With the help of her zany new forest friends, Gemma finds the Snow Queen, learns a valuable lesson, and finds the courage and strength to bring healing to her family.

With a fairytale surprise ending, Brandon E. McLauren’s delightful new adaptation reminds the audience that determination, love, and devotion will warm even the coldest of hearts.

The Ice Princess cast also includes Bo Sayre and Emilie Gubler as the King and Queen; and Victoria Scovens and Ally Borgstrom as the Snow Queen’s guards complete the cast.  Award-winning director Pirronne Yousefzadeh makes her directorial debut at PSF with this production.

Children can get a front row seat for the fun with onstage carpet seating and meet the actors after every performance for photos and autographs.

A lively theatre experience with great fun for everyone, the production will also feature a relaxed performance on Saturday, June 10 at 10am, and a sign-interpreted and audio-described performance on Saturday, July 29 at 10am.

The Ice Princess runs June 2 to August 5 in the Labuda Center’s Schubert Theatre. The show runs Tuesday through Saturday at 10am excluding June 6, 13, 20 and July 4 and 18. Additional 2pm matinee performances are July 28, and August 1, 2, and 3. Tickets are $12.50 for children 12 and under and $16.50 for adults.

To order tickets call 610.282.WILL [9455] or online at www.pashakespeare.org.

Festival’s 26th Season schedule

The Festival’s 26th season also features Evita (June 14- July 2); The Hound of the Baskervilles (June 21- July 16); The Three Musketeers (July 12- August 6); As You Like It (July 20 – August 6); Troilus and Cressida (July 26 – August 6); and Shakespeare for Kids (July 26 – August 5).

One-night-only events include The Tenor Moments, an exciting evening of the most beloved tenor songs with Mike Eldred, recording artist, Broadway veteran, and star of PSF’s 2015 production Les Misérables, on Monday, June 26 at 7:30pm; as well as Dee Roscioli in Concert, a fun, eclectic solo evening of Broadway, pop hits, and new original work with Broadway veteran Dee Roscioli, star of this season’s Evita, on Monday, July 31 at 7:30pm.

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