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Snow Child


Arena Stage production photos by Maria Baranova; SubCulture concert photos by Heather Diane 

Snow Child received its world premiere at in Spring 2018 at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.,

Direction by Molly Smith, Music Direction and Orchestration by Lynne Shankel

It received a concert performance at SubCulture in November 2018
Direction by Erin Ortman, Music Direction and Orchestration by Lynne Shankel

Book by John Strand
Music by Bob Banghart and Georgia Stitt
Lyrics by Georgia Stitt
Co-Commissioned by Molly Smith at Arena Stage and Art Rotch at Perseverance Theater

Based on the novel The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivy

Alaska Territory, the 1920s. Jack and Mabel, a childless couple in their early 40s, have fled their native Pennsylvania after the loss of their newborn child. They managed to get through their first Alaska winter as homesteaders, but their faltering marriage may not survive a second. When Mabel encounters a mysterious young girl who travels through the forest with a fox, she wants to believe it is the snowman she made, come to life. Jack refuses to believe her — until the girl appears to him, too. Is the child real, or a spirit of the dark winter woods around them? The presence of the child restores and transforms them all — until, with the arrival of spring, Mabel has to face the prospect of losing a child for the second time. Snow Child is a musical about discovering love in unexpected places, overcoming loss, and trusting in the miraculous resilience of the human spirit.

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