Jack Frost doesn’t make many appearances in the Columbia area, but on Sunday, the King of Cold will warm your heart in Columbia Children’s Theatre’s new musical, “Jack Frost.” The production was written by two local artists, Crystal-Alisa Aldamuy and Paul Gilbert Lindley II.
The story begins during Jack’s rebellious teen years. He spends his time painting holly leaves in rainbow colors, bringing snow storms to orange groves in September and accidentally inventing the aurora borealis instead of creating snowflake patterns and developing other wintry talents. Fed up, his parents pull a Trading Spaces, sending Jack to live with their neighbors, the practical and industrial Kringle family. There his duties include cleaning up after the family’s team of famous reindeer. Crystal Kringle is sent to live with the Frosts.
CCT Artistic Director Jerry Stevenson said, “Finding quality holiday material for families and young audiences is getting harder and harder. What we thought would be a biannual tradition with our production of “Frosty” couldn’t continue when the rights were pulled . So Crystal, a published poet, and Paul, a recent USC music graduate, stepped up to create this delightful musical. We feel it’s only fitting that as the Midlands’ only professional theater for families and young audiences, we produce new work with local artists, and contribute to the canon of material available for families and children.”
Show times are at 3 p.m. Sunday. All shows are held at Columbia Children’s Theatre on the second level of Richland Mall, 3400 Forest Drive. For ticket information, visit columbiachildrenstheatre.com.
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Katie McElveen, Special to The State