‘The Snow Queen’ at The Grand, Clitheroe - REVIEW

INSPIRING: Northern production's The Snow Queen. (s)
INSPIRING: Northern production's The Snow Queen. (s)

NORTHERN Production’s performance of Hans Christian Andersen’s magical fairytale “The Snow Queen” was a thrilling first time theatre experience for the young audience at Clitheroe’s The Grand on Saturday.

Working with a reduced cast due to the weekend’s snow showers, the company mesmerised the audience’s young members with its well choreographed dance moves to play out this enchanting tale.

Northern Production’s young cast, which included tiny snowflakes in the form of tiny children, used a mixture of dance and drama to tell the story of Gerda’s journey to find her friend Kai, who has been kidnapped by the Snow Queen.

The production opened with snow falling and the dramatic entrance of the Snow Queen, played by Chloe Bolton, whose heart is frozen by a splinter from a magic mirror cursed by an evil magician.

Gerda’s brave adventure through magical landscapes to find and rescue her friend is interspersed with playful humour and inventive storytelling.

Highlights included the dance of the two kind ravens who save Gerda and take her to the palace of the prince and princess, as well as the energetic performance by the thieving gypsies, one of whom befriends her.

The young actor who played Kai and danced beautifully, is definitely one to watch.

Young girls dreaming of becoming the next Darcey Bussell left the York Street venue inspired!