While most of the country was enjoying some autumn warmth and sunshine, ice and snow hit Chester last week when The Snow Queen came to town.
Actress Cassandra Charlick, who will play the role in Theatre in the Quarter’s production this December, visited Chester from her home in London.
Artistic director Matt Baker said: “Cassandra came up for a costume fitting so we took the opportunity to introduce her to the city and take some photos.”
Cassandra was offered the role after auditioning for Matt (who will also compose new music for the production) and the show’s writer/director Russ Tunney.
“We knew as soon as she walked in that she was our Snow Queen,” Matt continued, “and I think the pictures reinforce that!”
Originally from Perth in Western Australia, Cassandra first came across Theatre in the Quarter when she attended a workshop led by Matt Baker in Australia.
She said: “I loved working with Matt when I first met him a few years ago, and when I came to England I thought it would be just amazing to do a show with him.
“When The Snow Queen came up, I just didn’t hesitate! I’m thrilled to be playing the title role and to be in Chester for both rehearsals and performances – after today’s photo shoot I can’t wait to get started!”
Cassandra has an impressive and varied cv. Most recently, she has been filming the television series 50 Ways to Kill Your Lover, a new UK and US co production by Thumbs Up Productions.
She has been in short films including the lead in The Salisbury Hare by US Production company CAI Studios. She has also been cast as the lead in the UK feature film The Storm, currently in development.
In 2012 she toured The Sound of Music and before that she performed the roles of both Phoebe and Janice in the world premiere of Friends The Opera for Comedy Central along with the play Recipe For A Perfect Wife at the Charing Cross Theatre.
Earlier in the year she performed in Beethoven to Beowulf at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and co-wrote the sell-out production of Tall, Grade, Venti! a comic cabaret about coffee culture at the Leicester Square Theatre.
An experienced cabaret artist, Cassandra regularly performs with the Smashed Up Soiree.
Theatre in the Quarter will rehearse and perform The Snow Queen at St Mary’s Centre in Chester.
On the long nights of winter, the moon and stars shine clear and the snow falls gently on roofs, streets and meadows.
The Snow Queen glides silently through the sky and peers in windows as we sleep.
She breathes ice on the window pane and her beautiful song of frost hangs in the air.
When young Kai hears this song his heart is turned to ice and he is taken prisoner in the ice palace.
Only his friend Gerda can save him now. She sets off on a perilous journey north, always north, to melt his heart and bring him home.
Building on the hugely successful production of A Christmas Carol at the Town Hall last December, this magical and inventive production can be seen from 5 December 5–January 11.
Tickets are on sale now through theatreinthequarter.co.uk, in person from Chester Cathedral or by phone on 01244 500959.