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A Frozen Tale: The Ballet at The Arts Theatre - Review

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by Stacey Canavan (subscribe)
I'm a 28 year old female Senior Reporter for Weekend Notes. I Graduated from A Bachelor of Journalism at The University of South Australia in 2013 & completed my Diploma in Photography
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The South Australian Children's Ballet Company presents 'A Frozen Tale: The Ballet' running at The Arts Theatre from October 2nd-4th. It's inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's play 'The Snow Queen'. It follows the events presented in the 2013 Disney film Frozen.

The story 'A Frozen Tale' is narrated by Time (Alix Gay & Elise Bonato). It's the story of the two princesses of Arendelle, Anna (Abigail Drew) and Elsa (Victoria Adams), who lose both their parents at a young age. Elsa isn't like most young girls, she's special and has magic icy powers.


The story begins with Young Anna (Tessa Gratton) and Young Elsa (Eliza Maslin) playing together in the Arendelle Palace Ballroom. Elsa's magical powers allow her to create a winter wonderland with a wave of her hand, but Elsa can't yet control her powers and as they grow, it becomes more and more dangerous.

As the story continues, Anna is struck in the head and her mother takes her to visit the trolls in hope that they can cure her. The King Troll (Erihana Winsor) treats Anna but also removes any memories of Elsa's magic powers. He says it's too dangerous and they must remain a secret. Anna grows up distant from her sister and has no idea why.

As the years go by, Elsa (Victoria Adams) comes to age and must now rule the kingdom of Arendelle, but on her coronation day things don't go to plan. Elsa accidently creates a never-ending winter when her powers become uncontrollable.

She panics and runs away. Anna (Abigail Drew) goes in search for her sister leaving the town of Arendelle to a man she just met and believes is the love of her life - Prince Hans (William Cheung). During her journey she falls for an ice-maker called Kristoff (Matthew Jordan). They work together with a snowman named Olaf (Tessa Gratton & Eliza Maslin) who the girls created as children to save her sister Elsa from herself.

The production featured many talented dancers but William Cheung really stood out both in 'A Frozen Tale' and the pre-production 'Clara's Dream'. He is a highly talented dancer who will go very far in the theatre industry. Both actresses who played Elsa (Victoria Adams) and Anna (Abigail Drew) looked the part and acted it even better.

Children in the audience screamed in laugher at their favourite Frozen movie character - Olaf (Tessa Gratton & Eliza Maslin). The young girls who played Young Elsa and Young Anna Tessa Gratton and Eliza Maslin danced beautifully and the scene with the winter wonderland was very well done.

Overall, a great production. The beloved characters from Disney's Frozen captivated the audience and brought excitement to the children watching.
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Why? Disney's Frozen recreated in a ballet
When: Season has finished
Where: The Arts Theatre
Cost: Adults $25.00 - Student / Concession $16.00 - Children (3 12) $12.00 - Children 2 and under Free - Family (2 adults & 2 children) $65.00
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I was privileged to see these performances and also do the Videography and Photography. What amazing talented dancers and choregraphers. ALAYNA DE GRAAF PHOTOGRAPHY.
by enqui (score: 0|2) 1791 days ago
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