Christmastime is the season for all things wonderful and magical. In the nation’s capital, that also means welcoming a little production with a big heart – Ottawa’s very own musical Freezing. With plenty of nod to Canadian politics and current events as well as the mandatory ode to the infamous and sometimes brutal Ottawa winter, Freezing is the good man’s equivalent to a hearty fireplace in a cold December day.
“Freezing is surprisingly smart and funny! If you like your Frozen sharp with a dash of wit and a hint of irony, Freezing is the perfect holiday entertainment for the entire family! It may be cold outside but Freezing will surely warm your heart.”
FREEZING, NOT FROZEN, THE MUSICAL
Set in the majestic Snow Globe Kingdom, that’s The Gladstone Theatre to you dear Ottawans, the musical is loosely and I supposed litigious-free based on the widely popular Disney movie Frozen. Oh wait, I can’t really say that either, can I? Well, I’m sure you’ve heard of it, everyone and their grandmothers know pretty much the lyrics to the entire theme song, which may sound somewhat familiar at Freezing. Performed by a truly excellent cast of talents from both Canada and the United States, as well as Ottawa’s homegrown talents both on stage and behind the scenes, Freezing is indeed wintry and witty as it claims it is.
ALL HAIL QUEEN GERDA
With a lovable set of characters led by the vivacious and larger than life Queen Gerda performed by the dazzling Gab Desmond who was enthralling every time he/she steps on stage. While everyone was utterly splendid – you will love both Princess Adele and Princess Hanna, you will be charmed by Krisco (Ottawa’s own Chad Connel), Beavertail is adorable and energetic and you will have an enduring love/hate relationship with the evil Hans, there were some outstanding scenes that took the prize – aside from the obvious superstar performance by Queen Gerda, Shelley Simester’s Rubble and the writing for the musical take the cake for being absolutely superb.
If you are looking for something notable that your whole family will surely love, look no further than Freezing, a brand new sure to be musical hit in Ottawa. In addition to such a fun and interactive show, where the audience can participate in booing the good guys and rooting for the heroes, this actually a crowd sourced production and a brilliant one at that.
On top of that, Producers Sarah and Matt Cassidy have also partnered with The Candlelighters, a charity organization that aims to enrich the lives of families dealing with childhood cancer. There was a pre-public December 17th performance for the benefit of The Candlelighters, for the families who otherwise would not be able to see live theatre. There is also a streaming of the show on January 3 for families connected with The Candlelighters that are not able to make it to the theatre.
FREEZING, A WITTY, WINTERY FAMILY MUSICAL GIVE-AWAY
And since it’s Christmas, we are giving away tickets to the December 27th showing of Freezing. Now you’ll have your chance to sing, dance and laugh with the entire cast and audience, an evening of pure delight that will sure to warm your heart and fill your soul this holiday season! To enter, just leave us a comment on what’s your favourite activity when it’s freezing in Ottawa?
Winners will be drawn on.. why, Christmas Day, of course!
Freezing is showing at The Gladstone (the logo and signage of the theatre was coincidentally designed by our Head Creative Officer at Skyfall Blue Andre El Khoury) on December 18 through January 4 at . Make sure to come a bit earlier and stay a bit later at the The Gladstone Theatre (910 Gladstone, Ottawa) as you may have a chance to meet the cast. Tickets are available at www.thegladstone.ca and www.itsfreezinginottawa.com.
Will you join us at Freezing?