The perfect cure for the January blues could be going to see The Snowman at Milton Keynes Theatre.
This is an enchanting music and dance performance based on Raymond Briggs’ much loved book which was published in 1978. Four years later, the book was turned into the animated version which has become a Christmas TV tradition, and of course gave Aled Jones a hit with Walking In The Air. The 26 minute score from the animated film was extended to an hour by the original composer and the story was turned into a stage version, debuting in Birmingham in 1993 and is now celebrating its 25 year anniversary.
The enduring success of this simple story is its magical innocence. There are no words, just movement, dancing and costumes that will delight children and give a healthy helping of nostalgia to parents.
The stage is a giant snow globe filled with larger-than-life costumes, sparkling set designs and magical effects that combine to bring this childhood favourite to life. There are motorbike rides, dancing pets, dressing up and even a dancing banana so expect lots of surprises.
Cameron James Sutherland stole the show as The Boy in Wednesday evening’s performance with a fantastic performance, completely convincing us as the starry eyed central character whose snowman comes to life. Definitely a name to watch out for. He shares the role with two other actors. The Snowman was played by Martin Fenton, again sharing the duties with another performer. The two have a great chemistry together and put lots of energy into their dancing and performance. At the end of the first act, they take to the air to fly off to the North Pole in a truly magical moment as the live orchestra performs the iconic hit Walking In The Air. Act two features a variety of international snowmen meeting up for a party with penguins, reindeer and an appearance from Father Christmas (Federico Casadei), the Ice Princess (Emanuela Atzeni) and the infamous Jack Frost (Davide Fienauri).
I’d definitely recommend going to see The Snowman – it will make you feel very warm and fuzzy and is the perfect introduction to the world of theatre and ballet for children.
The Snowman is at Milton Keynes Theatre from
Wednesday 17th to Saturday 20th January with performances at 2pm and 7pm daily and an extra matinee at 10.30pm on Saturday.