Kay, Gerda, the Snow Queen, Granny, the King’s Counsellor, Gentleman-Crow, Prince Kay, Princess, The Old Robber Woman, the Little Robber Girl, robbers, the servants of the King.
Setting: A poor but tidy room. There are three chairs and a table in it. On the table there is a rose bush.
(Kay and Gerda are in the room)
Gerda: Hello, boys and girls! This is my brother. We live here in this little house with our Granny. My name is Gerda.
Kay: And my name is Kay. Gerda, I have a book with nice pictures. Let’s see it.
Gerda: All right, Kay.
(The children sit down on the chairs and begin to look at the pictures in the book. The sound of creaking stairs.)
Gerda: What is it?
Kay: The stairs are creaking.
Gerda: Oh, yes, they are really creaking.
Kay: Here is our Granny. (There is a knock at the door) Why is she knocking? Let’s frighten her and hide somewhere.
Gerda: All right!
(Gerda and Kay hide behind the chairs. A tall thin man enters the room. He was in black.)
Gerda: Miaow, miaow!
Man: What is going on in this house? Why are you shouting, you silly children?
Gerda: We are very sorry. We thought you were our Granny.
Man: I am not your Granny! (He looks around) Where are the roses?
Gerda (in confusion): Here they are.
Man: I see. They are very beautiful.
(The door opens and a clean, white-haired old woman enters the room)
Gerda: Our Granny!
Granny: My dear children…(Suddenly she sees a man and stops smiling)
Man: Good evening, ma’am.
Granny: Good evening, sir! What can I do for you? Who are you?
Man: I’m the King’s Counsellor. I want to buy your roses.
Granny: Do you like flowers so much?
K.C.: Not at all. I hate them.
Granny: Then why do you want to buy our roses?
K.C.: I buy rarities. In winter flowers are rare. That’s why I want to buy your roses. I see you are very poor. Here are ten pounds for your roses.
Granny: I am not going to sell our roses. We like them so much.
Gerda: Yes, we like them greatly.
K.C.: Twenty pounds…
K.C.: Thirty… fifty… one hundred
K.C.: Oh, I see you are very sly. Two hundred pounds for your roses.
Granny: No! I won’t sell our roses.
K.C.: I think you don’t understand who I am, ma’am. I will say it again! I am the King’s Counsellor. I am very, very rich. I sell ice. I know the Snow Queen herself. She helps me. I’ll ask you a second time: how much are these roses?
Granny: These roses are not for sale.
K.C.: Then… then you are a crazy old woman!
Kay: Don’t shout at our Granny! Everybody respects her. She is so kind.
Gerda: Yes, yes, don’t shout at her. We love her so much
K.C.: Well, I am leaving. But I’ll come again. I’ll tell about you to the Snow Queen. (Goes out of the room)
Kay: What an angry old man!
Gerda: He wanted to take our roses. Granny, who is the Snow Queen?
Granny: The Snow Queen lives in the North in her ice palace. She is very beautiful, but very cruel.
Kay: Granny, have you ever seen her?
Granny: No, I haven’t. (Suddenly a beautiful woman appears in the room. She is dressed in white)
Kay: Oh, who are you?
Snow Queen: I am the Snow Queen. Good evening, you all.
Kay and Gerda: Good evening.
Granny: Good evening, Your Majesty. Sit down, please. Would you like some tea?
Snow Queen: No, no! It’s too hot for me. I want to have a talk with you, ma’am. I was told about you. You are a very nice woman, but you are very poor. And you have two children. It is difficult for you to bring them both up. And I am quite alone, but very rich. So, I will take this boy from you.
S.Q.: He will live with me, and he will be my son
Kay: Granny, I don’t want to go with her!
Gerda: Granny, don’t give Kay to this woman.
Granny: Don’t worry, children. I would never let him go.
S.Q.: You must think, Kay. You will live in my palace with me and have everything you wish.
Kay: No, I don’t want to leave Gerda and Granny!
S.Q.: All right, Kay. Stay here. (Comes up to Kay and touches his chest with her magic wand)
Good bye to you all! (To Kay) See you soon, my boy!
Kay: Ha-ha-ha! Oh, how funny and fat you are, Granny! Ha-ha-ha! And you, Gerda, you are so ugly!
Gerda: Granny, Granny, what’s the matter with him?
Granny: Kay, I don’t recognize you.
Kay: Oh, I аm sick and tired of you both. I hate everything here. I don’t want to live in this poor house. I am leaving. Good-bye! (Runs out)
Gerda: Kay! Kay! (Embraces her Granny and weeps)
(There are some stairs in front of the curtains. Being extremely tired, Gerda comes slowly up to them and sits down on them)
Gerda: Oh, how tired I am! Nobody met Kay. I’ve been looking for Kay for so long. I am very sad and tired, but I must go on and find my brother. (Gentleman-Crow comes from behind the curtain)
G.-Crow: Good morning, young lady!
Gerda: Good morning to you.
G.-Crow: Where are you going and why are you crying, young lady?
Gerda: I am looking for my brother Kay.
G.-Crow: Oh, I know this name. It’s the name of our prince. I live in the palace. If you want to see your brother, go with me.
Gerda: Oh, thank you
G.-Crow: Let’s go. (They leave)
A room in the King’s palace. The Princess is playing the piano. The Prince is sitting at the table drawing.
Princess: (Stands up and comes up to the Prince) What are you doing, Kay?
Prince: I am drawing. Do you want to play, Elza?
Princess: With great pleasure. Let’s play hide- and- seek, Kay.
Prince: All right! You hide now, and I’ll count up to twenty. I begin: one, two, three…
(He turns back and counts. Elza Hides behind the piano. Gerda and Crow appear in the room)
Crow: (To Gerda) This is Kay.
Gerda: This is not my brother Kay.
Princess: What are you doing here, young lady? And why are you crying?
Prince: Why are you crying?
Gerda: My name is Gerda. I am crying because you are not my brother Kay. He was carried away by the Snow Queen. Oh, Kay!
Prince: Don’t cry, Gerda. We’ll help you. Where do you go?
Gerda: I go to the North.
Princess: That’s a long way.
Prince: I know what to do. We’ll give you a carriage, and four black horses.
Princess: What a brilliant idea! A gold carriage!
Prince: And you, Elza, give her a coat, a hat, fur boots and a muff.
Princess: With great pleasure! I have lots of them. (To the servants) Bring my clothes for Gerda!
(The servants bring the Princess’s clothes and give them to Gerda)
Gerda: Thank you very much! Good-bye!
Prince and Princess: Good-bye, Gerda.
Setting: A camp of robbers in the forest. (There is a lot of noise and shouting, group of robbers appears. They have brought Gerda.)
1st Robber: Look, what we’ve got!
2nd Robber: Here is a gold carriage!
3d Robber: And this is the girl from the carriage.
Old Woman Robber: Oh, how nice and fat she is! I think she will be very tasty! (Takes a knife)
Gerda: Don’t kill me, please! Let me go.
1st Robber: What a silly girl!
2ND Robber: You’ll be killed. Shut up!
3d Robber: Yes, we shall kill her.
Gerda: Dear robbers, listen to me, please. Let me go. I must find my brother Kay. He is a very good boy. Please, let me go.
Old Woman Robber: No, I’m going to eat you up! (She raises her hand with a knife. At that moment a pretty, healthy, black- haired girl rushed in)
Little Girl Robber: Don’t touch her! Oh, what a nice girl! She will play with me. She will be mine. (To the robbers) All of you go away or I’ll kill you. (To Gerda) Oh, how pretty you are. What is your name?
Gerda: My name is Gerda.
Little Girl Robber: You’ll be my friend. You will live with me. Why you are crying?
Gerda: I must go and find my brother.
Little Robber: Do you love your brother?
Gerda: Very, very much. I must save him. He will die there, in the North. Girl, let me go.
Little Robber: All right! There is nothing to be done. Take your coat, and your hat. But I won’t give you a muff. Kiss me.
Gerda: Thank you, girl.
Little Robber: Good luck, Gerda.
Setting: The hall in the Snow Queen’s palace. Kay is sitting playing with icicles
Gerda: Kay, Kay! Are you very cold?
Kay: Hush, Gerda! You bother me.
Gerda: Kay, dear Kay, it’s me!
Kay: Yes, I see.
Gerda: Kay, have you forgotten me?
Kay: No, I never forget anything.
Gerda; How can you speak to me in such a way? Are you really my brother?
Kay: I am really Kay, but I am very busy now.
Gerda: Kay, my silly boy, let’s go home. It’s spring now. The sky is blue. The sun is shining.
Kay: (Rising his head) You… you are disturbing me…
Gerda: We must go home. Our Granny is waiting for us. Our Granny!
Kay: Our Granny! I am cold, Gerda. Is it you? What’s the matter with you? Why are you crying? It’s cold here.
Gerda: Kay, let’s go home to our Granny.
Setting: The same as in Scene 1.
(Granny is sitting on the chair knitting. The Little Girl Robber, the Prince, the Princess, the Crow are in the room)
Granny: I’ve been waiting and waiting for them for such a long time. But I feel that tonight my children will come back at last.
Little Robber: Can you hear? (The stairs are creaking.)
Crow: They are coming!
Prince: Surely it must be Kay and Gerda!
Princess: The stairs are creaking so merrily!
(Kay and Gerda holding each other by their hands rush into the room)
Little Robber: Granny, look, it’s Gerda!
Prince: Granny, look, it’s Kay!
Princess: Granny, look, they are both here!
Crow: Welcome home!
Granny: My dear children! You have come back at last. (Embraces the children)
(The Snow Queen and the King’s Counsellor dash into the room)
Snow Queen: You must give this boy back to me at once or I’ll turn you into ice!
King’s Counsellor: And after that I’ll crack you all into pieces and sell you.
Snow Queen: Kay, you must go with me! (All take each other by the hand and fence Kay in)
Gerda: Nobody is afraid of you here. You can’t turn people with warm hearts into ice.
Snow Queen: Oh, we’ll see. (Raises her hands. The whistle and the howling of the wind is heard)
Little Robber: We will not give you Kay
Prince: And I am not cold at all.
Princess: Usually I catch a cold easily, and now I haven’t even got a running nose.
Gerda: Go away, you, two! We are not afraid of you. (The Snow Queen and the King’s Counsellor step back and go away. Gerda takes Kay by his hand)
Thank you, dear friends. I would not save Kay without your help. Now we know, that goodness defeats evil!
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