Purple Rock Productions presents
The Snowmaiden
This famous Russian folk tale is well known in Eastern Europe. Rimsky-Korsikov wrote an opera based on the story; ballets have been performed; Nathaniel Hawthorn adapted it as a short story, and it has been adapted into a few children's books.

Through puppetry, the tale truly comes alive. The story is told in toy-theatre style, with two dimensional marionettes as the village children and the elderly couple who build a snow sculpture of a little girl. The Snowmaiden, touched by magical stardust, is lterally and figuratively from another dimension.

As the Snowmaiden thrives in the winter, she learns many things from the village children. But when the sun melts the snow away, her feet begin to hurt to walk. She decides to go deep into the woods, where the snow still lingers under the trees. She dances joyously in the woods until she realizes she is lost. Soon she meets a bear, a deer, and a small bird, who finally help her return home. She melts away as she promises to return.

Spring, summer, and autumn come and go. Marionettes representing the seasons dance, and show the different qualities that each season possesses. Finally, winter comes again, and the Snowmaiden, like the other seasonal marionettes, appears in the village.

The dances and songs that follow the story are adapted from Russian folk music. One famous melody, a round dance, can be taught to audience volunteers before the performance begins. Since the cycle of the seasons is represented, as well as other cycles and circles, this round dance helps to set the stage and feeling for the themes, the Russian culture, and community.

We have performed this show in schools, libraries, malls, country clubs, holiday gatherings, and special events, like First Night. Live music with guitar and balalaika helps to tell the story.