With the departure of old members and a big influx of new ones, Bo’ness Children’s Theatre had a challenge ahead when it began this year’s production of The Snow Queen.
The opening show on Tuesday night, however, couldn’t have gone any more smoothly with great music, sets and choreography and some genuine talent on display.
Emma Byrne took centre stage as the evil Snow Queen and impressed the audience with her singing voice.
In a homage to Disney’s Frozen, which is based in part on Hans Christian Andersen’s Snow Queen, she shone during her solo of the film’s soundtrack ‘Let it Go’. It’s a difficult song to master but she coped with it incredibly well.
Following the plot of the original Snow Queen fairytale, there were also several comedy panto sketches and quite a variety of musical numbers.
With ballet dancing set to classical music, a couple of Broadway-style songs, pop hits from Abba to Pharrell and even a rap, there appeared to be something for everyone.
On the comedy side of things, Kieran West deserves infinite credit for his portrayal of Handy Annie, the village’s flamboyant self-proclaimed DIY expert.
Performing in drag and keeping the audience in stitches with his well delivered wisecracks, Kieran pulled off the role with huge personality.
The youngest members of the cast didn’t seem at all fazed by performance jitters and were able to sing and dance with confidence with very few cues from their older, more experienced counterparts.
Speaking after the performance, Bill McDonald, who helps to run the group, said: “We’ve been working with a lot of new members this year, many of them in the 9-11 years age bracket but everything has gone really well tonight.
“I’m very happy and am glad people seemed to have enjoyed it.”