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‘Snow Queen’ offers holiday fare on friendship

Kai (Adrian Van Stee) and Gerda (Laney Coyne) have their friendship tested in 'The Snow Queen' at the Theatre of Western Springs.
Mary Maureen Gentile plays the Snow Queen who forces Gerda (Laney Coyne) and Kai (Adrian Van Stee) to test their friendship in 'The Snow Queen.'
Mary Maureen Gentile plays the Snow Queen who forces Gerda (Laney Coyne) and Kai (Adrian Van Stee) to test their friendship in 'The Snow Queen.'

Its lesson about friendship makes “The Snow Queen” perfect holiday viewing for families. The Children’s Theatre of Western Springs is teaming with the Theatre of Western Springs to present this play with music based on Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of two children whose friendship is tested when the Snow Queen snatches one of them.

“For the holiday show, we like to do something that is either holiday-related or feels wintery or magical,” said Children’s Theatre Director Leslie Price. “And we’ve definitely got winter and magic in this production.”

The cast includes twenty-one children and three adults.

“You’ll leave the theater with a good feeling about family and friendship,” Price asserted. “I think that’s what we all want to feel at the holidays.”

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturdays, and 2:30 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 6-15 at 4384 Hampton Ave., Western Springs. Tickets are $15; $7 for ages 18 and under.

For details, call (708) 246-3380 or go to www.theatreofwesternsprings.com.

LOTS TO DO FOR TOT AND YOU

There will be singing, rhythm and movement exercises, and a craft project to take home at Music Time with Miss Gretchen, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9 at Clarendon Hills Public Library, 7 N. Prospect. Registration is required for this program for ages 2-6 with a parent.

For details, call (630) 323-8188 or go to clarendonhillslibrary.org.

WHAT A BOY!

Well, not exactly in the Brothers Grimm tale, “Hans My Hedgehog.” Sea Beast Puppet Company uses shadow puppetry to relate the adventures of a child who is different, 3-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 at Hinsdale Public Library, 20 E. Maple St.

For details, call (630) 986-1976 or go to www.hinsdalelibrary.info.

MOUSE TRAP

Young fans of Laura Numeroff know what happens “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.” That famous rodent will pose with kids at Meet Mouse, 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at Thomas Ford Memorial Library, 800 Chestnut St., Western Springs. There will be craft projects, too.

For details, call (708) 246-0520 or go to fordlibrary.org.

ALL THAT GLITTERS

Dads and their girls, ages 3-11, will make a necklace and a bracelet, then decorate a wooden jewelry chest to hold them, at Daddy/Daughter Holiday Jewelry Gift Boutique, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17 at Heritage Center, 1S 325 Ardmore Ave., Oakbrook Terrace. Cost is $30 per child for residents, $35 for nonresidents. Register by Tuesday, Dec. 10 for this Glitzy Girlz workshop.

For details, call (630) 627-6100 or go to www.obtpd.org.

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