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Review: The Snow Queen, at Park 200

13 December, 2019 — By Angela Cobbinah

Ayesha Caseley-Hayford in The Snow Queen. Photo: Manuel Harlan

WITH hordes of children rushing to see Disney’s follow up of Frozen, it was a smart move for the Park to choose the fairy tale that inspired the film for its Christmas show this year.

Writer Charles Way’s delightful adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen classic follows the shy but plucky Gerda (Ayesha Casely-Hayford) on her quest to rescue her best mate, class clown Cei (Esmonde Cole), from the chilly clutches of the Snow Queen.

Imprisoned in her frozen palace, the normally happy-go-lucky lad has been rendered as cold as ice by a splinter from her magic mirror entering his heart. Along the way Gerda meets an over-the-top princess, quarrelsome flowers and a den of thieves, prompting jokes aplenty and multiple-style song and dance routines.

The charming and energetic ensemble more than make up for a sometimes meandering plot and were rewarded with an enthusiastic audience response. Suitable for ages 5-plus.

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