Curtain goes up on 'Snow Maiden'

The Sebastiani Theatre presents “The Snow Maiden,” at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 and again at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8.

The Snow Maiden, or Snegurochka in Russian, is a recurring character in many different versions of Russian fairytales. The first full-length Snow Maiden aballet was produced in 1878 by Marius Petipa.

The story was later made into an opera by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and was performed for the first time on Jan. 29, 1882.

With a cast comprised almost entirely of children, ages 6 to 16, “The Snow Maiden” is a full-length ballet and character dance performance recounting a beautiful Russian folktale filled with love and magic. The story is about the interaction of real people with mythological characters. There is a legend that every year, the Snow Queen will bring to life a girl made of snow. This Snow Maiden can do anything that real people can do, except fall in love. If she falls in love, she will melt and re-turn to the Land of Snow forever.

Special guest dancer, Evan Johnston, of Benicia, is featured as Lel, the Russian shepherd boy who falls head-over-heels in love with the beautiful and mystical Snow Maiden, played by Sonoma Conservatory of Dance’s Olivia Cole.

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