I only really go to the theatre for pantomimes over Christmas. I love going to see plays and shows, but I never get around to looking into what is on, and I only realise after they are over. When I was approached by the team behind Once Upon a Princess, a showcase of pop hits and princesses aimed at children (and those that are young at heart) I figured it would be the perfect chance to try something a little different.
I was a little concerned Carly might not like the show, as she doesn’t usually like wearing dresses and skirts and will shy away from anything overly ‘girly’. However, she absolutely loved it, and she even voluntarily wore a white dress for the show, which looked adorable.
We went along with a good friend and her two daughters, and we all really enjoyed an afternoon of escapism. We went to see the performance at the Tivoli Theatre in Wimborne, which is around 15 minutes from us in Bournemouth. The theatre is quite small, so it was really nice to be in an intimate venue where the girls had a great view of the stage and were able to really get involved and enjoy themselves.
The main storyline is that there has been a huge gust of wind which has mixed up all the pages of the popular fairytales in the library, meaning that Fairy Godmother and keeper of the fairytales needs to sort out the muddle and make sure the princesses are in their correct stories once more. There was a great mix of musical numbers, audience participation and light displays to keep younger children captivated.
The first half of the show wraps up with the princesses all arriving at the ball. The girls really enjoyed the first half, but it was after the interval was over that Carly really got up and started dancing along to the music, which was so lovely to see as she can sometimes be a little self-conscious in public places but really loves to dance. There was a brilliant balance of music for both parents and children and I found myself tapping my feet along to classics from my own childhood like Reach by S Club 7. I did feel a bit sorry for poor Anna, who had not one but two rap numbers for her solos!
The show ends on a high with one of the princesses being reunited with her prince, and we all left the theatre smiling. It was a fantastic show and the perfect excuse to spend time with our own little princesses for an afternoon. On the way out, my friend’s eldest daughter picked up a leaflet about a Spice Girls show in July, which sounds brilliant. I don’t really visit Wimborne as much as I should, as it is a lovely little town and so close to where we live, but I will definitely be looking into what other shows are on at the Tivoli Theatre over the next few months and would recommend a visit if you are local, or visiting the area.
We were provided with complimentary tickets to see the show for the purpose of this post, however all words are my own.