With Christmas around the corner, we were invited to the Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury to see Santa’s New Sleigh for a special treat before the big day arrives.
Having visited a few weeks back for the pantomime Cinderella which Charlie and I loved, I was excited to take the girls along too. Santa’s New Sleigh is a smaller scale production than Cinderella. It is shown in the Walker Theatre (on the first floor) and it offers a more intimate occasion and loads of fun audience participation to keep everyone amused.
The show is all about Dibs and Sprocket who are the elves in charge of Santa’s Workshop. They are desperately trying to get Santa’s new sleigh ready for his big flight on Christmas Eve.
They need the audience’s help to fix the sleigh, which starts off by helping to wake up the lazy hapless but loveable elf, Sprocket. My little girl was transfixed by him and kept pointing and cheering at him.
There are a lot of familiar songs and sing along opportunities for the everyone to join in. We were tasked with various actions to Jingle Bells including a Mexican wave! You can tell Shrewsbury panto legend Brad Fitt had a helping hand in the performance as there’s a bit of good old-fashioned panto-style shouting which you’ll be saying for days (DON’T TOUCH THE LEVER!!).
There are laughs and jokes aplenty which both kids and adults will love; I found myself chuckling along especially at the North Pole cold caller one – the old ones are the best!
The show ends with an appearance with the big man in red himself complete with a sprinkling of snow which my three got far too excited over.
At the end of the performance (which lasts around 45 minutes) you are given the opportunity for every child in the audience to go up on “the stage” with Santa in his sleigh and Sprocket to have your photo take and the kids even receive a Christmas present! It really was a lovely afternoon that helped us all feel extra festive and made the kids roar with laughter as they joined in.
Santa’s New Sleigh is a real treat, especially suited to families with younger kids (it says suitable from age 2+) and runs at Theatre Severn’s Walker Theatre until Saturday 24th December.
For more details and tickets, visit the Theatre Severn website here.
Disclosure- we were given complimentary tickets for the purpose of this review. All words and opinions are all my own