Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Snow Queen

We were not financially compensated for this post. We received complimentary tickets to Galli Theatre's production of The Snow Queen for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own based on our experience.
Me - The Snow Queen, wow! I didn't expect to like it because I loved Frozen so much. I thought that the Snow Queen dies at the end. Also, I thought someone told me it is a really sad story. I expected to be really depressed by it. However, none of those things was true of this version and it wasn't depressing at all. It is not at all like Frozen but if you think of The Snow Queen and Frozen as two completely separate things, this show is very enjoyable on its own. After all, Frozen is only very loosely based on The Snow Queen. Part of the reason, we enjoyed the show so much is it  is so much fun seeing the reactions of the little kids in the audience to the show. There was this one little cute little blond haired girl. She was the cutest thing I have ever seen. The woman working there said there was one scary part of the show. She didn't want the kids to be afraid so she told them there was one scary part of the show when they might have to hold their parents hands so their parents wouldn't be afraid. The little blond haired girl took her Mom's hand and she said something like "You don't have to be afraid. I'll hold your hand." The little girl couldn't have been more than 2 or 3 years old. Another little girl took her scarf every time she got invited to go on stage. One of the actors took it and tied it around his head. Galli Theater is a great place to go with little kids if you are in New York or if you go to New York.
 Mom- The Snow Queen was the second production we have seen at the Galli Theater. It was equally as enjoyable as the first one. Even though, our family is a little older than Galli's typical audience, we have thoroughly enjoyed both of these shows.  My daughters really enjoy seeing all the cute little kids in the audience and seeing their reactions to the show. I really enjoy the interaction between the performers and the children. There were plenty of opportunities during the Snow Queen for the performers and the children to interact. The children in the audience at a Galli show are encouraged not to sit quietly and watch but to respond to the performers who speak to them directly throughout the show. There are also numerous times throughout the production when children actually have the opportunity to go on stage and participate in the show. In this particular show children got to play a game of Red Light Green Light  on stage and pretend to ride a reindeer on stage among other things.  They were even invited up at the end of the show to take a bow with the cast. With all that audience interaction, especially with an audience filled mostly with young children, you never know what is going to happen. You would think that the cast members would occasionally be thrown off their game. However, that is not the case. The talented actors in Galli Theater's productions excel at improvisation. No matter what any of the members of the audience say or do, they are able to just go with it. All that interaction makes the shows a lot more enjoyable for the kids who come to see the shows. I have seen a lot of children's theater in my life, and I have rarely if ever seen children enjoying themselves as much at a show as I have when I have seen a Galli Theater show.
And that's or view.  What fairytale do you think would make a great show?

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