By ANGIE CARNATHAN
McComas Hall Mainstage sets the scene for “The Little Snow Girl,” adapted by Nellie McCaslin, on Sunday at 2 p.m. General admission is $10, while students’ and children’s tickets are $5. The show is performed by the Mississippi State University Theatre Department, in conjunction with the MSU Foreign Languages Department and the support of the campus dance program, Terpsichore.
Director Donna Clevinger said the show, which was adapted from a Russian children’s story and uses some Russian language, tells the story of a little girl made of snow, and how she comes to life for an elderly couple who had always wanted children.
“The little girl cannot come indoors or she will melt, but the couple loves to watch her dance and play outside with all the neighborhood children,” Clevinger said.
At a point, Clevinger said the show takes a turn, and because of the selfish acts of the elderly couple, the Snow Girl leaves them.
“Of course, this breaks their hearts, but their love for the Snow Girl and the remorse they feel have a magical effect,” Clevinger said. “It has a very happy ending.”
Communication major David Hoy plays one of the children in the show.
“It was a great experience and made me appreciate the work that goes into theatre,” Hoy said.
Elizabeth Glowachi is running the sound for the production and said it’s been a valuable learning experience.
“This was my first time working backstage in a MSU theatre production,” Glowachi said. “It has been hard work but seeing the show come together has been worth it.”
Cast member Amari Jenkins, a kinesiology major, plays the Brown Bear and said working with the cast of “The Little Snow Girl” has been enchanting.
“I loved every second of it,” Jenkins said. “Being able to work with amazing people everyday is a blessing.”
Clevinger said the experience of working on a show that includes dance and Russian words has been a challenge, but she loved the collaboration, and believes the show will be an excellent learning experience for the children who come to see it.
“I have certainly enjoyed working with Kate Fabel from the Department of Classical and Modern Languages,” Clevinger said. “She has helped us understand the Russian culture and of course supported us as we learned Russian words incorporated into the play. I’m extremely proud of all that this cast has accomplished.’’
Tickets will be available at the MSU box office in the lobby of McComas Hall.