Enjoy outdoor theater Dec. 16 with ‘The Snow Queen’ at Cherokee Bluffs Park
Serenbe Playhouse presents "The Snow Queen" on Dec. 16 at Cherokee Bluffs Park in Flowery Branch. Photos courtesy Serenbe Playhouse.

Talking trolls and a talking reindeer will visit the amphitheatre of Cherokee Bluffs Park for a performance based on the original Hans Christian Andersen tale that inspired the popular Disney movie “Frozen.”

Serenbe Playhouse, a theater company based southwest of Atlanta, will present “The Snow Queen” at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 16 at the Flowery Branch park.

Ryan Oliveti, artistic associate of the playhouse, said the show will be geared toward all ages. 

‘The Snow Queen’ and Mistletoe Market

When: Play begins at 11:30 a.m.; Mistletoe Market is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 16

Where: Cherokee Bluffs Park, 5867 Blackjack Road, Flowery Branch
How much: $10-15

More info: laniersnowqueen.com

“It’s the original Hans Christian Andersen tale that we adapted for the stage,” he said. “We kind of put our own Serenbe spin on it, so there’s a lot of movement-based stuff throughout the show. It’s just really great for the entire family.”

He said the performance will be outside because Serenbe Playhouse is “outdoor-specific.”

“That means that every single one of our shows that we do throughout the year is always outdoors, and it’s always changing locations,” he said. “So we always put it in a different spot within the community of Serenbe.”

Oliveti said Serenbe is working to reach greater Atlanta, hence the visit to Flowery Branch.

The playhouse partnered with Lake Lanier Convention & Visitors Bureau and Hall County Parks & Leisure to make that vision come to life.

Stacey Dickson, president of Lake Lanier Convention & Visitors Bureau, said the partnership was a “serendipity.”

“I personally have been an admirer of Serenbe’s work,” she said. “My husband and I have driven down and seen many shows there and just have loved their approach to outdoor theater.”

After meeting Brian Clowdus, the playhouse’s founder and executive and artistic director, Dickson said they “struck up a friendship.”

“I learned through my friendship with him that the Serenbe Playhouse was looking into expanding their programming and taking some of their shows out on the road,” she said.

Dickson then showed Clowdus different venues in the community.

“That led to him seeing the view at Cherokee Bluffs, falling in love with it completely and saying, ‘This is the spot for the Snow Queen. Let’s give it a try,’” she said.

In addition to the play at the amphitheatre, there will also be a Mistletoe Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the park.

“This is really to kind of bookend the show performance and give the audience something more to do for entertainment as they arrive at the park for the show,” Dickson said. “We’re having a holiday market of vendors with gifts and decor and specialty foods.”

While the play will only be shown once at 11:30 a.m., both Serenbe Playhouse and Dickson hope to keep the partnership going.

“It all really depends on the audience and what the feedback is and support is from the community,” she said. “Without community support, there is no community theater.”

But she said presales have been very good so far.

“Depending on how many we sell in advance, we may or may not have tickets available at the gate,” she said. “I would encourage people to go ahead and buy their ticket and not wait to buy them at the gate.”

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