Roger Hall's Cinderella - The Pantomime

  • Written by: Roger Hall. Songs by Paul Jenden & Michael N Williams
  • Directed by: Susan Wilson
  • Circa One
  • 17 November − 12 January

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The perfect Christmas treat!

A glittering fairytale pantomime with dazzling costumes and lots of fun and laughter, Cinderella has it all.

Starring a fabulous Fairy Godmother, two hilarious dames – the sensational Ugly Sisters – a sweet Cinders, reluctant Prince Charming, a pumpkin coach and a happy-ever-after ending, Cinderella is great fun for everyone.

Songs by Paul Jenden and Michael Nicholas Williams

“Fast-paced, lively and thoroughly enjoyable – quite the best small-scale panto seen in Wellington since the glory days” – The Dominion Post

“Pantos are about fun … full of magic and music … Go, laugh, spot the mice and sing the Pantomime Whirl – you know you want to!” – Capital Times

“Surrounded by giggling kids, grinning parents and guffawing oldies, only the most killjoy of critics would have failed to have a good time” – Harry Ricketts, The Listener

Presented by arrangement with Playmarket

Running time: 2 hours, 10 minutes (including interval)

Cast and crew

Starring Lyndee-Jane Rutherford, Gavin Rutherford, Jon Pheloung, Richard Dey, Chelsea Bognuda, Paul Jenden, Emma Kinane, Sean Allan, John Wraight

Show times

17 November − 12 January

Before Christmas:

Tuesday to Thursday 6.30pm

Friday and Saturday 8.00pm

Sunday 4.00pm

After Christmas:

Tuesday to Saturday 6.30pm

Sunday 4.00pm

Ticket prices

$46 Adults

$38 Students, senior citizens and beneficiaries

$33 Friends of Circa (until 29 November)

$107 Family (2 Adults and 2 Children) - Bookings through the Box Office only - please phone 801-7992

$15 School Child (up to and including Year 13 at school)

$39 Groups 6+

$36 Groups 20+ - please call the Box Office on 801-7992 to book

$25 Student/Equity stand-by

$25 Under 25s

$25 Preview (Friday 16 November)

$25 Special (Sunday 18 November)

Reviews

CINDERELLA WITH MODERN TWIST LOTS OF FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY

By Ewen Coleman, published in The Dominion Post 19 November 2012

The opening and closing song ‘It's A Pantomime World' sums up beautifully Circa Theatre's final main bill production of the year, Roger Hall's Cinderella.

The time-honoured story of poor Cinderella left alone while her two Ugly Sisters and Father go to the ball but how she goes anyway thanks to the ministrations of the Fairy Godmother is still at the heart of this pantomime.

However Hall has added much that is modern, such as the Fairy Godmother's wand which is an iPhone, with many local Wellington references such as the Cuba Mall Bucket Fountain, the buses down Willis Street, the opening of the Hobbit movie and of course the Mayor and her bicycle.

The humour is broad, appealing to both young and old and there are many sight gags. The mice especially are a very novel feature.

The songs also from Michael Nicholas Williams and Paul Jenden are light, bright and catchy and add much to the overall entertainment value of the show.

But it is the first rate cast, under the assured direction of seasoned director Susan Wilson, that brings the play alive, all decked out in some of the most wonderfully colourful costumes seen on stage in a long while, all created by Paul Jenden.

Acting as narrator as well as Fairy Godmother and Queen is Lyndee-Jane Rutherford. In her element in these types of roles she performs will bucket loads of energy, has wonderful comic timing, sings beautifully and can even dance.

The roles of Bertha, Gavin Rutherford and Grace, Jon Pheloung, the two Ugly Sisters, are also played with great comic timing, the characters big and exaggerated but never coarse or over-the-top. Doubling as Father and The King is John Wraight who brings a certain earthiness to the role.

The young lovers of Cinderella and Prince James are played with endearing sincerity by Chelsea Bognuda and Richard Dey, Bognuda making her Cinderella a very modern girl but still maintaining the character's innocence. She also has a lovely singing voice which is used to great effect.

The villain of the piece is Dan Dani, played with all the right nastiness by Sean Allan.

Assisting with the scene changes and completing the cast in the chorus numbers are Paul Jenden and Emma Kinane as Dagma and Schwen from Sweden.

This is a highly entertaining show, great fun for all the family.

Other Reviews

John Smythe, Theatreview, 18 November 2012



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