Usually every year around Christmas time we try to get away as a family, just the four of us, usually at a cabin in North Georgia somewhere, but this year we decided to just stay in Atlanta and do some Christmas-y things locally. We really wanted to do something we hadn't done before (we've seen Rudolph at the Center for Puppetry Arts Center, like, four times, and even though it's AMAZING, we wanted to do something new... btw, did you see that they are expanding? It will hold the largest collection of Jim Henson art anywhere! EXCITING.) We've been talking about visiting Serenbe for a few years now (about an hour drive from Atlanta), and we saw that they were having a holiday production of The Snow Queen (the original story by Hans Christian Andersen, of which the movie Frozen is VERY loosely based on - I particularly love this 1960s Golden Press version here, I collect these).
We got there early so that we could walk around the area a bit. We first walked up to the horse stables (I think this is where the trailriding begins, but I'm not sure as we didn't walk around the entire neighborhood of Serenbe). There was one horse walking around and he must have been very used to people because he walked right up to us. So cute! Then I got some photos of the boys.
Afterwards, we walked down to the little area where the play would soon begin (the plays, as far as I know, all take place outside, which I love!) This one took place to the left of this little stretch of shops, etc. I liked the cute logo on this sign below.
Was very happy to see that they had refreshments... and hot beverages (spiked no less!) It was COLD this night, so we were bundled up.
Here's the little "playhouse" area... OMG, right? It was as enchanting in person as it looks in these photos! I was absolutely smitten with the little sets they built. The show didn't start until the sun went down. It really was magical (and I don't use that word lightly.) Everyone huddled around the heaters holding their warm drinks. It was so cool because we didn't sit, but rather walked along with the actors from set to set as the play progressed. They integrate the audience into the experience (you know, without embarrassing you! ; ) The show was very kid friendly as well.
I loved all of the little details, like these candles placed throughout.
The final scene took place in this amazing scene below! LOVED how they attached old mirrors to the trees and that everything was painted silver to add to the *coldness* of the Snow Queen's home. Everything was made to mimic ice and they even had crunchy, crackling sounds coming out of the speakers placed all around the sets. I think the fact that it was really, actually COLD outside really added to the experience!
Here is the show starting once the sun went down. The actors just appeared from the woods.
Our first view of The Snow Queen! I LOVED all of the costumes... she looked very punk rock, I thought! And the use of lighting in her costume was really brilliant.
The End! If they have this performance again in December this year, I highly recommend it. I'm really excited to see some more plays at Serenbe this year (here's the playhouse schedule). I can imagine that Sleepy Hollow and The Enchanted Garden would be amazing outside!
All photos taken with permission, by Danielle Thompson (that's me!), copyright 2015.