6-7 April 2015
Reviewed by Gemma Gough
We all know the story by now – Ice Queen Elsa, her kooky sister Anna and their quest to save their kingdom from the fate of an eternal winter. If you have young children, you will have no doubt watched the movie at least hundred times over.
In this show, Frozen gets the ‘Sing-a-Long-a’ treatment, just like many other favourites have in the past – The Sound of Music, Grease and Hairspray to name a few. My five year old daughter was very excited at the prospect and eagerly donned her Elsa costume for the occasion. We were joined in the theatre by hundreds of mini Elsa’s and Anna’s with a few Olaf’s thrown in for good measure. The children were given a goody bag each and at first glance the contents were a little disappointing – a balloon, a plastic clacker, a small white doily, a paper crown and a badge.
First on stage is our host for the show, a very funny and charming (and very Scottish!) relative of Mr Oaken. She explained to the audience what to do with the props in their goody bags during the film. It was then that they became much less disappointing and they really helped to engage and captivate the young audience – we especially liked the grey balloons to symbolise the trolls. We were told to do all sorts during the movie such as boo for Prince Hans, hiss for the Duke of Weselton and cheer on Sven by shouting ‘Run Sven, run’. Anna and Elsa also came on to the stage before the movie started and the audience were delighted when they came right out in to the crowd to check out all the costumes.
Despite us having seen this film countless times before, we thoroughly enjoyed the experience of seeing it in this beautiful theatre. The lighting was cleverly used to enhance some scenes and it even started to snow during ‘Let it Go’. Anna and Elsa came back on stage to act out the some of the big scenes in the film and they were joined by Olaf at one point too. We sang our hearts out along with the rest of the audience and were still singing all the way home.
If you’re a fan of Frozen, you will not be disappointed with this show. In fact, you may just be tempted to put the DVD on again as soon as you get home!
Tickets cost from £16 (plus 75p booking fee).
Sing-a-Long-a Frozen is a the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh until 7 April 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0131 529 6000.
For more information about Sing-a-Long-a visit www.singalonga.net
Festival Theatre, 13/29 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9FT | 0131 529 6000