- $15 for one ticket to see Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates (up to $26 value)
- Where: The Civic Auditorium
- Seating: orchestra section
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees
Dates and Times
- Thursday, December 11, at 2 p.m. Doors open at 1 p.m.
- Thursday, December 11, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
- Thursday, December 18, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates
Although first published in 1865, the story of Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates refuses to age. A perfect fit for the holiday season, the tale follows 15-year-old Hans and his sister Gretel on their quest to compete in the community’s ice-skating race and win the grand prize: a pair of silver skates. But the chips are stacked against them. Although the two are tenacious, they’re also very poor, and have only handmade wooden skates to compete with. When Hans tries to save up for regulation steel skates, his father grows gravely ill, forcing him to choose between buying skates or paying for his father’s operation. But hope and hard work prevail in this heartening tale, which is also known for introducing America to Dutch speed-skating and for a subplot that popularized the story of a Dutch boy plugging a dike with his finger.
It’s not enough for Festival Theatre to make the arts accessible to everybody, from theatrical newbies to veteran aficionados, it also strives to make them as essential to the community’s wellbeing as oxygen and hug depots. And it’s been succeeding in that mission since it opened in 1990. With its permanent home in the near-century-old Croix Falls Civic Auditorium (recognized by the National Register of Historic Places), the company has now entertained and enlightened thousands with big productions of Broadway musicals, off-Broadway dramas, and children’s shows. And its commitment to making art essential has led to praise from Stage Directions Magazine, which hailed Festival Theater as one of the top 10 theaters in America making a difference for their community.