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Curtain goes up on ‘Snow Maiden’

THE SONOMA CONSERVATORY OF DANCE will perform ‘The Snow Maiden’ Saturday and Sunday at the Sebastiani Theatre. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

THE SONOMA CONSERVATORY OF DANCE will perform ‘The Snow Maiden’ Saturday and Sunday at the Sebastiani Theatre. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

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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.

Rounding out the cast are sweet Snow Drops and Icicles, fierce Snow Guards, four powerful Winds, a fun Snow Family, an icy Snow Queen, and many more creatures of wonder from a mysterious otherworld of perpetual winter.

Join the audiences as they ooh-and-aah to the very end: Will Lel win the heart of the lovely Snow Maiden, or will she disappear, melting away with the thaw of spring?

Tickets are $22 for adults, $17 for seniors age 62 and over and students with ID, and $12 for children under 12. Tickets are available at the Sonoma Conservatory of Dance, 561 Broadway, Suite B, Sonoma, phone 938-1424; or the Sebastiani box office, 476 First St. E., Sonoma, phone 996-9756.

For details, see sebastianitheatre.com/events.

All proceeds benefit the historical Sebastiani Theatre in Sonoma.