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December 6, 2023




MADISON, N.J. – The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (STNJ) presents an elaborately staged reading of The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen on December 16th as part of their new series for young audiences titled Classics for Kids! Directed and adapted by Brian B. Crowe, this scripts-in-hand presentation features a cast of many of STNJ’s long-time company members and patron favorites.


The Cast:

The Snow Queen and Lady-Love Crow will be played by Chantal Jean-Pierre, who was last seen as The Strega in this season’s production of The Rose Tattoo. Chantal Jean-Pierre is in her third season with STNJ and has also made appearances in The Bluebird and Henry V.

Courtney McGowan has been with STNJ for seven seasons, and will play young Gerda. Her previous roles include Brenda in A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Sabine in Ken Ludwig’s The Three Musketeers, and Perdita in The Winter’s Tale.


Silas Lloyd joins the cast as Kai and the Prince after just having spent the summer with STNJ as part of the Summer Professional Training Series (SPTP). For the SPTP Final Project, As You Like It, Silas Lloyd played Orlando.

In his 22nd season with STNJ, Jeffrey M. Bender returns as Crow and Devil Goblin. He was last seen in last season’s final production of Twelfth Night as Sir Toby Belch, and has also been seen in Ken Ludwig’s The Three Musketeers, The Merchant of Venice, and many others.

After appearing this season as Assunta in The Rose Tattoo, Angela Della Ventura returns to STNJ’s stage for the second time this season as Grandmother, Magic Woman, and Robber Woman.

James A. Earley is in his sixth season with The Shakespeare Theatre and joins the cast as Reindeer, a Goblin, and the Herald. Previous credits include A Child’s Christmas in Wales, The Grapes of Wrath, and the original cast of A Midwinter Night’s Dream.

Ellie Gossage returns as the Robber Girl, the Princess, and a Goblin. Last seen in Much Ado About Nothing on the Outdoor Stage in 2022, Ellie Gossage has also appeared in STNJ’s Outdoor Stage productions of The Comedy of Errors and SNUG as well as the stream-able Pandemic Playhouse Entertainment videos.

Last seen as Bessie in the 2021 production of A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Amy Hutchins will be the tale’s Narrator. Other STNJ production credits include Twelfth Night and A Country Wife.

The Director:

Brian B. Crowe is in his 28th season with The Shakespeare Theatre, and will be stepping into the role of Artistic Director for the Theatre’s upcoming 2024 season. He has directed numerous productions for STNJ, including this season’s production of A Midwinter Night’s Dream.


The Creative Team:

This adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen by Brian B. Crowe features Lighting and Sound Design by Steven Beckel. Jenna Gregson is the Production Stage Manager.


Classics for Kids! is made possible by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, along with additional funding provided by Stark D. Kirby, Jr. Tickets are $15 for patrons 17 and under. Adult tickets are $20. For more information about The Shakespeare Theatre’s Classics for Kids! performances, please call the Box Office at (973) 408-5600 or visit




The acclaimed Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is an independent, professional theatre company whose Main Stage is located on the Drew University campus. One of the leading Shakespeare theatres in the nation, it is New Jersey’s largest professional theatre company dedicated solely to Shakespeare’s canon and other world classics. Through its distinguished productions and education programs, the company strives to illuminate the universal and lasting relevance of the classics for a diverse and contemporary audience.


The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s programs are made possible, in part, by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional major support is received from the F.M. Kirby Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, MacMillan Family Foundation, The Hearst Foundations, The Edward T. Cone Foundation, CTW Foundation, The Samuel H. Scripps Foundation, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Bank of America, Shakespeare in American Communities: National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, E.J. Grassmann Trust, Hyde and Watson Foundation, New Jersey Arts and Culture Renewal Fund at the Princeton Area Community Foundation, Union Foundation, The Merrill G. and Emita E. Hastings Foundation, Turrell Fund, The Jack K. Ayre & Frank Ayre Lee Theatre Foundation, The John R. Eckel Jr. Foundation, The Broadfield Fund, and the Howard Gilman Foundation, as well as contributions from numerous other foundations, corporations, government agencies, and individuals.

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