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Muddy reviews: Santa Claus and the Christmas Adventure

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If an all-out Christmas panto is a bit much for your wee small ones, Santa Claus and the Christmas Adventure is gentler Christmas show, but one that also asks for a panto-like co-operation from its audience.

It’s a 45 minute show aimed at preschool kids – up to about age five – although the little muddy reviewers who went along were aged eight and six, and they both loved it.

It’s showing in the Bellerby Studio at G Live in Guildford, a small and intimate space, which was just right for this show and its small cast of Santa and his two elves, Cara and Charlie, plus a teddy bear and, of course, a reindeer.

The bouncy elves go round to each child before the show begins, getting to know everyone and warming up the grown-ups, which added to the relaxed feel.

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The adventure takes place at Santa’s headquarters in the North Pole. The reindeer sat-nav is programmed, the toys are piled high on the sleigh and Santa is ready to go when chaos strikes! Rudolph is missing and the elves are up to no good. But Santa and the elves must save Christmas and deliver the presents.

Like panto, there are Christmas jokes and lots of audience participation with singing (Christmas faves like Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer), and stamping and clapping. There’s lots of sensory stuff too – a bubble machine and spray-foam ‘snow’ falling from the ceiling – which was a big hit with our mudlets. Oh, and Charlie the cheeky elves has noisy shoes, which all the children loved. You’re never to young for a fart joke!

It’s a simple plot, and a straighforward story, but lots of fun. And as a added bonus, all the children get to meet Santa at the end of the show, and are given a Christmas present (a festive colour book and crayons).

Santa Claus and the Christmas Adventure is on until Sat 24 Dec. G Live, London Road, Guildford, GU1 2AA. Tel: 01483 369350. glive.co.uk

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