Let’s All Dance promises that The Magic Word is a gorgeous ballet full of fun, education and giving children “a treat they’ll never forget” and my word – it certainly does this. This ballet is aimed at and created for young children and families. However, being a twenty-something audience member myself I still thoroughly enjoyed it!
Upon entering the auditorium I found myself looking at a magical forest full of trees, butterflies, twinkling fairy lights, dry ice and a toadstool. It was lovely to see all the young children’s faces light up in astonishment and surprise with their first view of the stage.
This ballet has been created beautifully by Orit Sutton and the story and music is completely original. Maria Grozova, who plays the Fairy Queen enters the stage to oohs and ahhs from the children – she immediately gives off a wonderful fairy persona and the audience immediately take to her due to her sensational ballet skills and her warm presence. I also think the stunning lilac tutu is a delight to see for the little girls in the audience. The story of the Fairy Queen is not only told through terrific dancing but also by narration which is great for the young children in particular.
We finally meet the Elf played by Jacob Bradford in his green unitard. His cheeky nature is wonderful and his leaps and turns across the stage have the children completely spellbound.
With comedic elements throughout, this production is also extremely educational with a lovely section about learning to say “please” (The Magic Word!) and sharing – which is told through a humorous grape-eating section which the children adored.
These dancers are not only wonderful at this one discipline – but are also tremendous actors – as much of the story was also told through their facial expressions and acting skills.
Children laughed out loud and were also encouraged to call out which was lovely. There was also a delightful surprise for the audience when the Elf submerged the audience in bubbles – the children were thrilled!
This ballet is educational, enthralling to watch and being only 40 minutes long – absolutely perfect for young children (and even adults as I thoroughly enjoyed it!). The children were also invited onto the stage with the dancers at the end of the production to have their pictures taken with them which was a lovely gesture.
I thoroughly recommend this production as it is not only a great way to introduce children to the theatre and world of dance – but it also educational and mesmerizing. Let’s All Dance are touring this production to various venues and it is also available to take into schools. It is certainly a magical treat which I urge all parents to book their tickets for now!
Review by Jade Louise
The Magic Word
In a secret, magical forest lives the beautiful Forest Queen. In the summer the forest is warm and the Queen loves dancing in the dappled sunlight. But in the winter she becomes cold and hungry. One day she decides to visit the Forest Elf on the other side of the wood, as she knows he has food and a warm cloak. But the Queen is rather spoilt and does not know how to ask nicely. Once she learns The Magic Word she discovers the beauty of sharing and the joys of true friendship.