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'The Magic Scarf'

Date

21st November 2015

Society

Leeds Childrens Theatre

Venue

The Carriageworks Theatre

Type of Production

Play

Director

Sue Elliott/Judith Daniel

Musical Director

N/A

Choreographer

N/A

Report

Author: Christine Castle

The recent snap of cold weather has made us all realise that Christmas is just around the corner and I was delighted that LCT had invited me to see their Winter production of 'The Magic Scarf' - this lovely play was written for the group by a former associate of theirs, the late Edna Barwell, who also originally set up their Saturday morning Workshops, so they decided to reprise the play to celebrate 80 years of their existence.

The plot involves two brothers, eagerly awaiting Christmas morning, but rather surprised that their snowman has acquired a bright scarf to keep out the cold - this takes the brothers on a journey to the Land of Snow and Ice - with many adventures in between! All the children had been well-rehearsed in their parts - their diction was clear with excellent characterisations. There was not one weak link. There was some audience participation which the cast handled with fine maturity - I think I shouted the loudest, so taken was I with the story!

I must congratulate the two directors, Sue Elliott and Judith Daniel - their patience and care shone through the entire production - it cannot be easy directing over 30 children with an age range of about 5 - 16, together with the adult actors, but they all did a magnificent job.

I thought the costumes, sets and makeup were of a very high standard - also lighting, sound and the special effects! The backstage crew worked very hard and this is so important in support of those on-stage.

I cannot possibly single out any one performer to give extra praise - each performer deserves the highest commendation for an excellent evening's entertainment.

I wish LCT continued success and urge all the children and adults involved with this production to keep up this exceptional standard - very well done!