Wellington Pantomime Group’s annual productions are always guaranteed to deliver rib-cracking, hearty, traditional family entertainment – and this year’s show, ‘Cinderella’, is likely to be no exception.
Returning to more familiar territory after last year’s full-blooded assault on the Greco-Roman legend of Hercules, ‘Cinderella’ Director Nancy Powell Brace and Choreographer Christina Mattravers have assembled a cast of experienced players who know how to set the rollicking script alight with all kinds of daftness. Alongside them there is a host of accomplished and well-trained youngsters, some taking to the boards for the first time, but all of them learning stagecraft and performance skills from the experience.
All the characters who audiences expect to find in this timeless story are present – including a Wicked stepmother, a pair of Ugly ‘Sisters’, a Fairy Godmother and her charming assistant, a lovable Buttons, a delightfully sweet Cinderella, a glorious team of twitchy mice and a chorus of slick dancers whose lively routines provide backing for the story.
The backstage team are managing sets on trucks to create the magical moments that everyone knows are part of pantomime – including this year transforming a pumpkin into a coach – whilst the props team work on glass slippers.
Tickets are selling fast and, with a production as familiar as ‘Cinderella’ in the hands of this talented company, full houses are expected.
Performances are at The Wellesley on Wednesday 23rd, Thursday 24th, Friday 25th and Saturday 26th January at 7.30pm. There are two extra shows on Saturday 26th January at 10.00am and 2.00pm and on Sunday 27th at 12.30pm.