You may (or may not) have noticed that all has been rather quiet on the blog front recently. Alongside the usual Christmas craziness, we spent two weeks locked in with a tummy bug. Such is life. As a result, I missed the press night of Jack Frost’s Frozen Christmas at our local theatre. Happily, James was still able to take the children, and invited our lovely friends, June and Imogen, along for the ride too. Here’s what they made of the show:
“Taking our seats in the front row, we eagerly awaited curtain up. The show started with a sad, almost dramatic scene which made the kids wonder what they were in for. Jack Frost took to the stage with menace and the youngest grabbed my hand in proper panto fear. He needn’t have worried as we were then transported to the North Pole and were treated to elves, penguins and a talented ensemble singing and dancing in Santa’s workshop. From this point the action didn’t let up.
Marcus Collins, as Silly Billy, demonstrated why he made it all the way to the X Factor final with a tuneful and confident performance. Jack Frost, played by Richard David-Caine, was fantastically evil, and his two henchmen were hilarious. They performed ‘magic’ tricks that Tommy Cooper would’ve been proud of and produced comedy asides that had me in hysterics. Miss Knutt, Santa Claus, Candy Frost and the dancers were all very good, and the show really did contain something for everyone.
The show contained an ecological subplot concerning the existence of the North Pole, which seemed to go down well with the majority of the audience. Otherwise, the story closely echoed previous Christmas shows at the same theatre, which is seasonally inevitable, but with just enough of a difference and strong enough performances to keep it fresh and hold everyone’s attention.
I heard a few adults say that the show made them fee like kids again, and the kids in the audience were enthralled. It was a hit with our family, and I thoroughly recommend that you see it while you have the chance.”
When James and the children returned home, they were buzzing. The boy could not sleep before he had told me all about the show; he was very excited and remember a lot of the plot, which made me smile. After the show, they were lucky enough to be able to meet the cast and Miss J did not waste this opportunity. She collected autographs from the entire cast and fell in love with Marcus Collins. I would like to thank the cast for giving my little girl such a magical evening.
Jack Frost… runs until January 1st and tickets can be bought here. Thoroughly recommended by adults and children alike, and even this parent who didn’t see the show, but saw how much her children loved it by the way they spoke about it afterwards. A great pantomime, go see!
We were provided with free tickets in return for an honest review.
With thanks to Jim Ellis and Imogen Boath for words and pictures.