The Snowman Tour Review
A few months ago I wrote a post about The Snowman Tour that we had been invited to as part of our Christmas celebrations. Last night, it was finally time for us to go & what a wonderful evening we had!
**It’s not too late to book! There are still tickets available for Blackpool, Hanley & Hull**
As a child, my all time favourite was The Snowman. I would always watch the film at Christmas (& still do!), but also throughout the year – including in the middle of Summer. My Nan had it on video cassette (remember those?) & it would always be the first thing I would watch when I visited her house.
The Show: Introduction
We were lucky enough to see the show at Coventry Cathedral & had a truly magical time. Voted one of the top 15 family festive events by Netmums, it really is worth a visit.
Sat near the front, we had a good view of the large projector screen placed high above the live orchestra. The show opened with a Christmas overture when the orchestra played a range of familiar Christmas tunes including our favourite, Jingle Bells.
This was followed by the double bassist telling a story of how he nearly didn’t make it to the show because he had lost his train ticket. He explained how he went through each carriage of the train & in every one, encountered different members of the orchestra with their instruments. It was a lovely way of introducing each section of the orchestra as they played along at the appropriate moments.
The Bear & the Piano
The first animation shown was the beautiful story of The Bear & the Piano by David Litchfield. The story was narrated by Joanna Lumley & the orchestra accompanied the animation shown on the screen. The story is about a bear who learns to play an abandoned piano he finds in the forest. One day, he leaves his home to travel to Broadway where he finds fame & fortune. After a while though, he misses his home & decides to return back to the forest where he is greeted by his very proud bear friends, his most dedicated audience.
The Snowman: Waltz
By far Sophie’s favourite part of the show was when a life-size snowman came out to greet the audience. He danced around the crowd & waved as he went past. Everyone was smiling & laughing, especially the enthralled children.
The Snowman: Animation
Finally, it was time for the The Snowman story! The well-known animation was shown on the projector whilst the orchestra accompanied the story. The music was exactly the same as the Howard Blake score played in the original animation which was lovely. The highlight, of course, was “Walking In the Air” sung by a young local soloist. He was amazing & incredibly brave!
Sophie, despite being a fidgety 2 year old, sat & watched The Snowman quite happily (whilst telling me all about it!) & laughed at The Snowman trying on the boy’s parents’ clothes! She also loved the part where all the snowmen are dancing & meeting Father Christmas.
The show lasted around an hour, which was exactly the right amount of time, especially for younger children. The show is recommended from ages 3+, but Sophie loved it & I wouldn’t hesitate to take her again.
The orchestra played perfectly and the audience were totally engrossed throughout. I couldn’t stop smiling & watching Sophie wide eyed was so worth it. At the end there was a huge round of applause &, as we left, I heard nothing but praise from the audience.
We had a really magical & festive time & I can’t recommend it highly enough. Find out more & book your tickets here.
**We received complimentary tickets for the purpose of our The Snowman Tour Review. All thoughts & opinions are our own.