On 24th January, a coach full of excited Year 3 and Year 4 girls left for the Polka Theatre in Wimbledon for their annual theatre trip. This year it was The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen. It was a fascinating production and very well produced.
The four actors performed the tale of Gerda and Kay’s friendship as the seven smaller stories Hans Christian Andersen wrote. At the beginning the two children are the best of friends and spend most of their time together, until sadly, a piece of a broken mirror gets stuck in Kay’s eye and pierces his heart. At that moment he turns into a very unpleasant boy and disappears. Gerda is heart-broken and sets off on a long and dangerous journey to find him. She is helped along with way by several characters including a raven, a reindeer and robbers.
Finally she finds Kay in the palace of the evil Snow Queen and manages to release him as her tears melt his heart.
The four actors were amazing in portraying a great variety of characters, often changing costumes quickly. The girls loved the comical way they stropped round if they didn’t want to be a particular character or had play fights. Some of the special effects were very exciting – snowflakes beamed onto the stage and ‘real’ falling snow!
“It was so funny!” – Annabel
“I liked Gerda best.” – Annie
“I enjoyed every minute of the theatre.” – Marie
“The Polka Theatre was amazing!” – Daisy
“I liked it when the Snow Queen was talking to Kay.” – Lucy
“The Snow Queen was really good because there were lots of stories.” – Holly
“The Snow Queen has seven stories told by four people.” – Isla
“When the Snow Queen flew over our heads and through the window.” – Corinne