REVIEW: The Snow Queen, The Hawth Studio

The cast of the Snow Queen
The cast of the Snow Queen

It’s now moving into the middle of January but Panto season is well and truly alive thanks to the Crawley Operatic Society.

COS Musical Theatre have put on a splendid production of The Snow Queen in the Hawth Studio to give all the family some fun to beat the January blues.

Director and choreographer Anika Lefevre has put on an entertaining show which contains everything you expect in a panto.

There’s a man in a dress, smutty innuendo, popular songs, dance routines and some great costumes.

The story is as follows - The Snow Queen Eira, played menacingly by Jordan Mackay, wants a husband and orders her servant Jack Frost (Adrian Locke) to find a suitable man outside of Winter Court.

When the Prince of the Spring Court Kai (Kevin Wort) is kidnapped by Jack, Hannah (sweetly played by Catherine Carpenter), his best friend, vows to rescue him. And to do that she needs to complete a dangerous quest through the Four Seasons before the Snow Queen’s enchantment upon Kai is complete.

For the quest she has the help of Kai’s mum, Dawn, played with great enthusiasm by Nita Graham, Meryl (the man in the dress) played with good humour by Terry Stanley, and Kai’s fairy godmother Poppy (Grace Towling).

And along the way they visit pirates, led by the Pirate King (expertly played by Glen Cowlard) and encounter a pack of wolves, led by Mrs Wolf (Beccy Cowlard).

The latter had the most showbiz number of the panto with Never Met a Wolf Who Didn’t Love to Howl.

Other songs included I Put a Spell on You, Hit the Road, Jack and Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.

The ensemble were very enthusiastic and enjoyed some moments in the spotlight, including the terrific Minion Dance.

And don’t worry, there’s plenty of audience participation and The Pirate King has great fun with selected kids on the stage towards the end.

COS’ panto is packed with jokes and traditional panto fare, but it will also melt your heart.

There are three more opportuinities to catch this fun-filled show with performances on Saturday January 16 (2pm and 7pm) and Sunday January 17 (2pm).

Tickets are £10 for children, £14 for adults and a family ticket costs £40.

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