To kick off the holiday season, my family and I went to see The Snow Queen at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire. This live theater production, which was the inspiration for the Disney hit Frozen, had us engaged and entertained from start to finish!
The Snow Queen is a musical performance that’s based on Hans Christian Andersen’s story. In it, the bold and courageous main character, Gerda, goes on a mission to save her best friend, Kai, who is trapped inside the Snow Queen’s palace. Gerda meets entertaining characters along the way and teaches them lessons about what it means to be a good friend as she learns about the importance of love.
We were invited to attend this performance to share our experiences; all opinions are my own.
Review of The Snow Queen at the Marriott Theatre
Getting to see a show at the Marriott Theatre was a perfect way to introduce my kids to live theatre! The unique “in the round” seating meant that everyone was closer to the stage; having the performers enter and exit through the aisles made us feel closer to the action, too. The stage rotated, and various set pieces came down from the ceiling, which added to the excitement.
The Snow Queen was an all-ages friendly event; audience members ranged from 1-year-olds to grandparents. I brought my husband, 6-year-old daughter, and 4-year-old son to the show. I was a little nervous about how my son would do sitting through an hour-long performance, but he really enjoyed it! Since there were so many other kids there, it also helped me relax a bit, knowing that if my kids were asking questions or moving from their seats to my lap, other kids were doing the exact same thing. I would recommend the show to kids ages 4 and up.
The music in the show was enchanting; the actors all had strong singing voices and were able to blend them beautifully. Some songs had us clapping along, and others had us laughing. I recognized the similarities to Frozen, but mostly in relation to the themes of bravery and love than with the smaller details.
There are five actors in the musical, but many more parts. Only one performer plays a single role (Gerda); the other actors take on various parts, which are differentiated by costume changes and props. My daughter couldn’t take her eyes off the Snow Queen whenever she was on stage. My husband and I loved the crow characters — their timing and lines were hilarious!
The musical itself was an hour long. Immediately after, there was a 10-minute question and answer session for audience members who wanted to stay. One of the cast members did a great job of making his way through the audience and sharing children’s questions aloud. The other cast members took turns responding. If you’re able to stay, this is an awesome opportunity to find out more about how a show comes together.
Tickets for the show are $15.75/each, with group discounts for 20 or more tickets. Performances are most Fridays through Sundays at 10:00am, with some 12:30pm performances. On December 16, there will be an American Sign Language performance. The theatre has plenty of free parking. Visit the Marriott Theatre’s website or call (847) 634-0200 for tickets.
Overall, I would highly recommend The Snow Queen to families as a fun way to experience live theatre this holiday season! The cast members were very talented, the ushers were extremely helpful (even recommending photo spots and taking pictures), and the show itself was lively, entertaining, and meaningful. I look forward to checking out other upcoming shows at the Marriott Theatre again.
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Past Performances and Reviews at Marriott Theatre
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