The Snow Queen
by Hans Christian Andersen in an adaptation by Michael Halstead
Eclectic Theatre presents Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale The Snow Queen in a new version by the artistic director Michael Halstead. Enter a magical world and follow Gerda’s quest to find her best friend Kai, who has been carried off by the Snow Queen to her palace of ice far to the North. Along the way Gerda encounters many different characters, some of whom help her, some of whom hinder her, including a prince and princess, robbers, a talking crow and a reindeer. Sometimes funny, sometimes just a little bit scary, The Snow Queen is aimed at children of all ages and especially those between five and twelve.
Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten, 27/01/2014
It is, in particular, the great quality of the acting which needs to be stressed, especially that of Benedicta Knoblauch as Gerda, but also that of Falk Iser as speaking raven and as reindeer and of Katja Schulze as Woman in the Garden. And Franziska Just is the beautifully frosty Snow Queen. Also, both the highly creative stage design and the costumes (both Franziska Weiske) deserve great praise.
Sächsische Zeitung, 24/02/2014
The audience sees a well-done production, created with great care for detail. The costumes: colourful. The English: appropriate for children. Also, the birds tweet and the stars sparkle from the ceiling. In particular Katja Schulze catches one’s eye: The grandmother a minute ago, she acts as drunken robber just a moment later. […] It’s worth it.
www.dresdner.nu (January 2014)
[…] Director Michael Halstead and the Eclectic Theatre succeeded in creating a lightweight but truly charming family play based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale. The enchanting set and costume design brings to life the magical fairytale world in which Gerda experiences many adventurous episodes. […] Katja Schulze boasts with a particularly convincing performance, acting in different roles which give reason for much laughter. Also, the play does not fall short of taking the odd dig at the fairytale genre. In conclusion, the English-speaking amateur theatre group presents a well-made stage adaptation of the classic which makes you feel the enthusiasm for the theatre of all those involved.