Footlight Dance Centre, under the Artistic Direction of Hilarie Neely, presents “SNOW QUEEN”, Friday, Saturday, MAY 5-6, 7:00 pm and Sunday, May 7, 2:00 pm, at the WRHS Performing Arts Theater at the Community Campus in Hailey. A classic fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, written in 1844, originally written in seven chapters. The prologue introduces us to the Snow Queen in her ice palace where hobgoblins have made a magic mirror. Good and evil are a part of the story where respect, perseverance and loyalty finds two friends looking for each other after one is captured by the mirrors’ spell. Gerda sets off on a journey encountering different characters until she arrives at the snow palace to save her friend Kai. Disney was inspired to tell the story in their “Frozen” franchised series.
The Snow Queen will be played by Hazel Ludwig, a senior at WRHS, the two friends Gerda & Kai by Ava Knowles, Senior, and Leo Star, Junior. Piper Kolb will play the Crow, Lilia Page the Princess lead, and Bridgette Silva the Rose Princess, all are Seniors. Georgia Geagan will carry the role of Nomad lead and Riley Jessen, Vagabond lead, both are also graduating this year.
Says Bridgette Silva, Senior, “Being part of the Snow Queen has been incredibly impactful. I have learned how much dedication and passion it takes from everyone involved and how much I love to dance. I am so grateful and excited to be part of this production!”
Footlight in its 39th year, brings programs to children ages’ 4-high school throughout the year at their main studio located in the Community Campus, Hailey with satellite studios at Studio Move & the YMCA in Ketchum, and the Grange Hall, Hailey. All tickets are $ 10.00 and available in advance at the Community Campus or Iconoclast Books, Hailey. Independent Goods or Hank & Sylie’s in Ketchum. Pre sold tickets are encouraged. The performance will include dance genres of ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop and tap techniques that make for a lively show with choreography by instructors Gabi Bryant, Allani Fostvedt, Robyn Fox, Shellrae Garnes, Hayley Henderson, Melodie Taylor-Mauldin, Bronwyn McGary, Hilarie Neely, Leah Taylor, Kassidy Thompson and Anne Winton. Guest choreographer, Kioa Delos Reyes set the Advanced Hip Hop piece for the show, Mackenzie King was a guest choreographer for Intermediate Modern. The 210 dancer cast range in age from five years to seniors in high school.