The Snow Queen
100 South Broad Street, Ste 1318 / Philadelphia, PA 19110 / 215-496-9160 / visit website
I am releasing this on a Sunday because The Snow Queen is only running until Jan 4th and I was really happy with the performance….
I might have a new favorite children’s theater to add to the list. We saw our first show at Enchantment Theatre Company this past weekend and it was really awesome (I actually liked it more than Arden’s Beauty and the Beast…which disappointed me for the first time). The Snow Queen is playing until January 4th and if you are looking for some live theater for your family you should check this out. The Snow Queen is a classic tale by Hans Christian Andersen in which a young girl sets out on an adventure to find her best friend, who has been taken by the Snow Queen. This production has comedy, adventure, magic and creativity.
The story is simple and easy to understand and it is the simple beauty of how they tell the story that made me fall in love. Like with most plays in the city you are not allowed to take any pictures so I apologize for the lack of visuals. You will have to trust my words on this one.
Five actors play the part of 20 characters. Through costumes, drapery, masks, magic and puppets that were larger then life the story unfolds. I don’t want to give a away the many special parts but my favorite part was when two characters took a piece of blue fabric and with one snap turn it into a boat for the main character to head down the river. The entire play is filled with little surprises. This play is great for both boys and girls. The play kept my boys entertained the entire time…which we saw after basketball practice and during nap time for my youngest. The play is 60 minutes with no intermission. A great first family play if you are looking for one or if you have a live theater buff in your house they will also love this one.
Plays can be hard for little ones and even harder for parents to try. Enchantment Theatre Company did a really nice job with their production of The Snow Queen. The theater itself is medium-sized and not fancy but perfect for your family to see a great show. It is not as modern as Arden and newer then Play and Players in Rittenhouse. It was pleasantly surprised.
Timing is huge when taking kids to see a play. Show up to early and you risk them not being able to behave for the entire show. Show up late and you disrupt the opening. And we all know that “on-time” is not an option with most family outings. Enchantment helps you out by providing some really great activities before the show. Kids can play dress-up, put on their own shadow puppet show, stop off at the hot coco bar or build their own snow castle out of boxes (and create an avalanche…oppps!).