Way back in July I told you all about The snowman tour which we were invited to. Today I’m sharing my The snowman live review. It’s not too late to book either, there are still tickets available for Coventry, Blackpool, Hanley and Hull. Read on to find out why you should book.
For me The Snowman is an essential part of Christmas. I remember watching it on tv on Christmas Eve each year as a child. I’m not sure who was more excited to see it live, me or my 4 year old. Ok, it was probably me.
We saw it on Saturday afternoon at Chester Cathedral and we had an amazing time. It was truly magical and I would absolutely recommend it to anyone. It was recently voted one of the top 15 festive family events by Netmums and I can see why.
We were really spoilt with front row seats and the cathedral was sold out. It created a really good atmosphere. There were 3 large screens so that everyone had a good view of the animations. The orchestra sits in front of the middle screen and accompanies the animations perfectly.
The show opened with the orchestra playing instrumental versions of Christmas classics like Santa Claus is coming to town and Jingle bells. F loved this and was dancing in her seat.
This was followed by the double bassist telling a story about the train ride up where he introduced all the different sections of the orchestra accompanied by cartoon images and of course the orchestra playing. This section was not only funny but a great introduction to the sounds of different instruments for children.
Next was an animation of the book, The bear and the piano by David Litchfield. The animations were narrated by Joanna Lumley and accompanied by the orchestra. Joanna’s voice is just perfect for this animation. A tale of a bear that learns to play the piano and leaves the forest for the bright lights of Broadway where fame and fortune await him. Soon though he misses his friends and returns to the forest to discover how proud they are of him. You can watch a sneak preview of a little bit of this by watching this video on The Snowman tour facebook page.
The next bit was probably the highlight for F and all the other children in the audience no doubt. The Snowman came into the cathedral whilst the orchestra played. The Snowman danced around the whole of the audience which everyone loved. Even F who bluntly told me it wasn’t the real snowman, just a man in a costume. When did 4 year olds get so wise to this?
Finally, it was time for the main event. The Snowman animation played and the orchestra played the original score. Of course, the highlight was when the soloist sang “we’re walking in the air”. At each venue, they use a local soloist. The one at Chester was amazing and I have no doubt that they will have chosen just as well at all the venues.
All too soon it was over. It lasted just over an hour (there was no interval but I believe there is at some venues). The length was perfect for our 4 year old. We didn’t take E with us as she’s not good at sitting still for very long at 18 months. The show is recommended from age 3 and I’d say that is about right but you know your own child and if you think they will be happy sitting for a good hour.
We had a fantastic festive afternoon out. The overall effect of the animations and the live orchestra is magical. I would not hesitate to recommend the show as a great family festive treat. Find out more and book your tickets here.
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Disclosure: I was given four complimentary tickets in exchange for this review. All photos, words and opinions are my own.