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Rehearsals under way for enchanting new production

Rehearsals under way for enchanting new production

Rehearsals have begun for the latest York Theatre Royal and tutti frutti co-production, Snow Child.  Following on from last year’s hugely successful touring production of The Princess and the Pea, this new production will tour nationally before ending its run at the De Grey Rooms Ballroom from Tuesday 23 February to Saturday 5 March 2016.

Snow Child is a girl like no other. As she dances in the wild landscape and talks with the animals, she brings joy, fun and laughter to the whole village. But it’s not easy, bringing up a wild daughter of the blizzards and the wind. As the seasons turn, and winter gives way to spring and summer, will the Snow Child and her parents find their “happily ever after”?

Snow Child is inspired by Arthur Ransome’s adaptation of the Russian folk tale The Little Daughter of the Snow.  The production promises to be a winter wonderland of poignant, inventive storytelling which will appeal to children and families alike.  Snow Child has been written by Emma Reeves, who was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Entertainment & Family in 2015 for her adaptation of Jacqueline Wilson’s Hetty Feather.

The play will be directed by tutti frutti’s artistic director Wendy Harris and will feature atmospheric music by Ollie Birch and beautiful movement by Joanne Bernard.  The cast is made up of Mei Mac playing Snow Child, Paula James as Mother and animals and Mark Pearce as Father and animals.

Writer Emma Reeves said:

Like all the best legends, there are many versions available, some of which end happily, others not so much. But the central story is always there,  two parents who yearn for a child so much that their very love and desperation wills her into being, and a child who loves her parents but doesn’t understand them - and vice versa. I wanted to write a story about unconditional love, and how we wittingly or unwittingly test the people we love - and how we try to forgive them when they fail. 

Snow Child is a performance for children aged 3+ and their families.  Tickets are on sale now priced £12 for adults, £10 for concessions and £6 for children under 16 (£1 transaction fee per booking) and are available from York Theatre Royal Box Office in person, by phone on 01904 623568 or securely online at yorktheatreroyal.co.uk.