Desert Stages Theatre Casts a Spell of Holiday Delight

with The Snow Queen Nov. 20 – Dec. 20

Children’s Series Features Gerry Cullity’s Original Adaptation

of Hans Christian Andersen Tale

DST Children’s Cast to Perform at Area Post Offices & ZooLights throughout the Season


Scottsdale, Ariz. (Nov. 2, 2009) – Just in time for the holiday season, Desert Stages Theatre presents an original adaptation The Snow Queen by Gerry Cullity, Fri., Nov. 20 – Sun., Dec. 20, based on the timeless tale by Hans Christian Andersen.

The heartwarming holiday musical fills DST’s mainstage Cullity Hall with performances by children from throughout the metro area. The production is a story of friendship, redemption, the power of love and breaking the spell of the beautiful Snow Queen who has the power to heal in time for Christmas. It all happens amidst a beautiful winter wonderland of a set, accompanied by rousing holiday songs.

In addition to this mainstage holiday performance schedule at DST, The Snow Queen cast will perform musical numbers such as Have a Happy Christmas, The Bells of Christmas and Don’t Forget Your Pup at Christmas at area post offices during the seasonal gift-shipping crunch, and at the Phoenix Zoo during the perennially popular ZooLights.

Cullity, who founded DST in 1995 (along with wife, Laurie, executive director; and mother Joan Thompson, DST business manager), adapted this production of The Snow Queen, along with book, music and originally lyrics, creating inspirational stage entertainment for the entire family throughout the holidays.

Tickets are $12 in advance; day of show $12 for children and $15 adults.

Reservations recommended. Shows are Friday and Saturdays, 7:30pm; and Saturdays and Sundays, 1pm and 3pm. Tickets by phone at 480.483.1664; or at the Desert Stages box office at 4720 N. Scottsdale Road, north side of Scottsdale Fashion Square, next to Coco’s restaurant.

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Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre is a nonprofit organization that produces live, innovative theatrical entertainment, led by cofounder and executive director Laurie Cullity; business manager and cofounder Joan Thompson; and artistic director Terry Helland.

Included in each DST season are productions of original scripts, musical scores and lyrics by cofounder Gerry Cullity whose work is still relished five years after his passing. Upcoming on the DST Mainstage is the production of OKLAHOMA! Fri., Jan 8. – Sun., Jan. 31. Plus, Arsenic & Old Lace appears in DST’s Actor’s Café, Sat., Nov. 7 – Sun., Jan. 10.

DST has three show schedules that run simultaneously year-round: Actor’s Café adult performances in the intimate, proscenium-style 60-seat theatre; the adult mainstage Cullity Hall, an innovative 136-seat theatre-in-the-round; and the Children’s Theatre, also performed in mainstage Cullity Hall. Founded in 1995, Desert Stages has developed thousands of thespians, young and old, many with compelling personal stories of triumph and major stage success and all of whom perform at DST for the pure love of the theater.

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