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TV Personality Rustie Lee Steals The Show As Fairy Narrator
It's the usual Snow White fairytale but with a big difference - and I'm not on about the ice skating but the fun narration by TV personality Rustie Lee.
The lovable chef personality wonderfully summed up the story in her own way as "fairy correspondent" looking like a flourescent bee in an outfit of striped black and hot pink. Rustie's cackling laugh and joy was totally infectious.
Snow White On Ice is a fairytale with a difference
I caught Snow White On Ice by The Russian Ice Stars during its UK Tour at Malvern Theatres. It continues on to cities including Dartford near London, Cheltenham, Inverness, Hull and Bath.
The show provided a good balance between ice dancing and comedy to make a well rounded entertaining show for all ages.
Featuring a cast of talented Russian ice skaters, the choreography was finely tuned with a range of impressive moves within the limited rink on stage to retell the Snow White fairytale.
Rustie Lee is a wonderful narrator in Snow White On Ice
Glamorous costumes and strong characterisations were an added bonus, particularly the evil step mother and her sidekick, a flamboyant crow.
Then there was the pair of adorable ducks that befriend Snow White in the woods. They even got a crazy interview with Rustie Lee after saving Snow's life. To say it was quackers is an understatement, but very funny all the same.
Amid the laughter was plenty of impressive acrobatic and sensual skating. The big finale was saved for when Snow met her prince and the breakneck speed he spun her above his head with one hand proved just how experienced this cast of athletes was.
The only confusion was with the seven woodsmen, whose routines were haphazard. I wasn't sure what these seven were either as they were never referred to as dwarves.
Dramatic dance scenes in Snow White On Ice
Most seemed to be small in oversized clothes, apart from one of them, who was huge At another point, they became Jewish, dancing with bottles on their heads.
All in all though, it was a fun and entertaining production with a likeable cast of ice dancers and personalities. Although it may have been better to see around Christmas-time.
SNOW WHITE ON ICE
06-09 May - Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
12-16 May - The Orchard, Dartford
21-24 May - Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
26-31 May - Eden Court, Inverness
03-06 Jun - New Theatre, Hull
09-13 Jun - Theatre Royal, Bath