The Rockland School of Ballet will present “The Snow Queen” Saturday, Dec. 19, at 1:30 p.m. in the Strom Auditorium of Camden Hills Regional High School, Route 90. The delightful winter production is adapted for ballet from the classic children’s story by Hans Christian Anderson.

“The Snow Queen” demonstrates that friendship, love, bravery, hope, integrity, persistence toward one’s goals and determination can enable anyone to overcome life’s obstacles. It is one of Andersen's longest and most highly acclaimed stories. The Danish fairy tale “Snedronningen,” written in 1844, is told in seven stories.

There are many adaptations of “The Snow Queen” in film, television, video games, stage plays, musicals, dance productions and other inspired works. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ film adaptation of the tale is “Frozen,” the 2013 blockbuster that won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. It had been in development since the late 1930s, when Walt Disney himself took an interest in Andersen's fairy tales. The witch in “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe” by C S. Lewis also is based on “The Snow Queen” character.

While “Frozen” is about two sisters, “The Snow Queen” is about two friends — a girl, Gerda, and a boy, Kai — and is not about magical powers. It is a story centered on the struggle of good and evil as experienced by Gerda and Kai; and the heroine’s purity and innocence of heart.

Tickets are $15, free for those younger than 12. Tickets are available in advance at or; and will be sold at the door.

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