Children from Washington Montessori School's after-school winter drama class will present an original dramatic adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's classic winter fairytale, "The Snow Queen," Feb. 22 at 5 p.m.

The public is invited to attend the free event, to be followed by refreshments, at the school at 240 Litchfield Turnpike (Route 202).

Leslie Elias, director of Grumbling Gryphons Traveling Children's Theater, wrote, directed and composed the original music for the production.

Tom Hanford, a folk musician from Goshen, will accompany the performance on guitar and violin.

Nine second- to fifth-graders made original masks out of burlap and paste, as well as magical snowflake and colorful flower masks out of paper, with mask maker Larry Hunt, a performer and artistic director of the internationally traveling Masque Theater Co.

Ellen Moon, of Cornwall Bridge, a longtime mask maker with Grumbling Gryphons, made the scenery, costumes and many of the masks.

The show was originally performed by adult actors with Grumbling Gryphons Traveling Theater and toured schools and theaters, including the former Sharon Playhouse.

Ms. Elias revived the show for children to play all the dramatic roles, ranging from the icy Snow Queen to goblins, ravens, reindeers, dancing flowers, robbers and more.

Ms. Elias is a playwright, actress, storyteller and theater director who has been teaching drama in schools, theaters and public venues for more than 35 years.

For more information, call Ms. Elias at 860-672-0286, visit or email