The Snow Queen

Date 15th December 2018
Society Hilltop Theatre Company
Venue Pentyrch Village Hall
Director Linda Coombes
Musical Director Linda Coombes
Choreographer Carla Gambarini

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Author: Allan Mears

A delightful Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, when a splinter of glass mirror belonging to The Snow Queen enters young Kai’s eye making him heartless. She kidnaps Kai, resulting in determined friend Gerda setting out on a journey through Scandinavia to find him.

Snowdrop - the Spirit of Spring played by Laura Hallas, was the typical 'good fairy', full of irresistible charm, quite the comedienne.. Good performance, clear diction.

Snow Queen played by Hayley Toms brought an icy coldness to all proceedings with her nasty, frosty manner and showing she loved every minute of it! Costumed in white and silver with white make-up, looked suitably evil. Good stage presence, clear diction and good vocals.

Gerda played by Lydia Wheeler gave an innocent but strong performance. Good stage presence, clear diction, good vocals, one to watch.

Kai played by Rhydian Keogh gave a good solid performance and acted with confidence, good stage presence an vocals, this young man could emerge as a confident young actor in the future.

Gran or Granny Fanny Annie as we were told to call her played by Phil Davies, did not disappoint.  This actor was obviously loving the part and his enthusiasm was infectious.  The one-liners, the innuendoes, it was all there and it had us in fits of laughter.  

It’s impossible to mention everyone when there is such a large cast, however my  congratulations go to the full supporting cast. The chorus threw themselves enthusiastically into the ensemble numbers. Again ably supporting the main cast.

This production of The Snow Queen had all the elements expected, with colourful costumes; romantic duets;  lots of audience participation; singing and dancing; good overcoming evil and an abundance of comedy both visually and in the dialogue.

The scenery was simple, cleverly constructed and not intrusive. Lighting supplied by Llwyd Herniman worked well with both costumes and scenery.

Congratulations on a very enjoyable panto and look forward to seeing you all in 2019.