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Dream­ing of a white witch Christ­mas

Gloucestershire Echo - - FRONT PAGE - By ZASHA WHITE­WAY-WILKIN­SON

NOT to sound like we’re about to tell a bad joke, but what do you get if you cross a 16ft White Witch and her troupe of gob­lins - and a jolly red Santa and his elves?

You get 1.5 hours of mind bog­gling, su­per­nat­u­ral, per­for­mance art mis­chief.

Never one to do some­thing by halves, Chel­tenham re­ally went all out with it’s an­nual Christ­mas lights dis­play with a fully fledged bat­tle be­tween a Statue of Lib­erty-es­que Snow Queen and Fa­ther Christ­mas and his toy-mak­ing elves.

The story was cre­ated around the chil­dren’s clas­sic The Chron­i­cles of Nar­nia, by CS Lewis.

The town was abuzz with peo­ple who came to see the age old bat­tle take place.

In an im­pres­sive feat that must have scared John Lewis cus­tomers right out of their seats, the Snow Queen pulled up right out­side the doors and stared men­ac­ingly through the win­dow paynes.

In a very Christ­massy pan­tomime feel Chel­to­ni­ans ev­ery­where banded to­gether to boo the Wicked Witch and her lit­tle min­ions, but it was too late.

They had gone, slowly drag­ging Fa­ther Christ­mas back up to Im­pe­rial Square Gar­dens for the fi­nal show­down.

As well as all of the drama un­fold­ing in this dance off be­tween to fantasy heavy­weights, the town cen­tre was get­ting fully into the fes­tiv­i­ties too.

Along with col­or­ful lights, a fan­tas­tic flash mob of dancers were get­ting their groove on in the spirit of Christ­mas out­side Marks & Spencer.

The pa­rade was sup­ported by lo­cal groups such as those in­volved in the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs pan­tomime.

The Ba­con The­atre per­for­mance is tak­ing place be­tween Jan­uary 17 and 20, one week af­ter the Aladdin per­for­mances at The Ev­ery­man fin­ish.

The happy char­ac­ters from Snow White were out in force tak­ing self­ies with fam­i­lies and hand­ing out leaflets ready for their per­for­mance in 2019.

Aladdin runs from Novem­ber 30 un­til Jan­uary 13.

The per­form­ers had car­ried the pa­rade from Im­pe­rial Gar­dens, to Mont­pel­lier, then down the Prom­e­nade be­fore com­ing along High Street to The Brew­ery Quar­ter and Cam­bray Place, be­fore head­ing back to Im­pe­rial Gar­dens through Boots Cor­ner.

The event was or­gan­ised by Or­gan­ised by Chel­tenham BID and Even­lode Pro­duc­tions. zasha.white­way­wilkin­[email protected]­plc.com

The Christ­mas lights were switched on in Chel­tenham last week­end Pic­tures: Mikal Lud­low Pho­tog­ra­phy

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