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The Snow Queen, Worthy Players, The Jubilee Hall
ON a suitably icy evening, the cast gave the responsive audience some good cheer.
Walking the line between a well-known story and a nod to pantomime, newcomer director Michael Edwards hit just about the right balance.
The tale is a struggle between good and evil as experienced by youngsters Gerda (Lyndsay Smith) and Kay (Tom Dickson). After Kay’s abduction by the Snow Queen (a first rate Kirsty Turner), Gerda encounters talking ravens (Peter Woolridge, Barbara Teitz), robbers (led by Janine Blackmore) and an enchanted reindeer (a hammy Peter Mcloughlin) on her rescue journey.
Claiming most of the laughs and audience reaction was Cobweb Spider (Nick Kearns).
Grandma (Shirley Lovell) and Bhima (Martin Pettigrew) made sure the storyline was kept on track.
There was an uneven first night flow to the action because of rather long scene changes but the effects and scenery combined with excellent lighting and sound (Richard Aldous) made for a satisfying experience.