Cinderella Trophy Reviews
Nigel Ford Wowed by Cinderella at Wells Little Theatre
For me Cinderella is the panto of all pantos. It is truly a wonderful story and with the build up to Christmas becomes even more magical. With a year in the waiting it was finally curtain up at Wells Little Theatre for their amazing and professional production. The excitement was overwhelming in the foyer and once shown to my seat in your warm theatre I somehow knew this was going to be an afternoon full of fun and frolics. And how right I was.
Vicky Orman was the Queen pin here. Not only did she write the script, she produced and starred in the show too. I’m certain you will be mentioned in the New Year Honours list Vicky!
Under the skilful direction of Ken Edmonds this pantomime moved along at great pace and never once did the show labour. This really was as professional as one could hope for in the world of amateur theatre. The castings were spot on and each member played their roles with tremendous alacrity. Although impossible to name everyone there were one or two who caught my eye in particular.
Elisha Webster’s Cinderella gave a loveable and gentle characterisation. The handling of your dress transformation was timed to precision making this a memorable moment. A lovely singing voice combined with excellent stagecraft.
I absolutely loved the antics of Adam Lanfranchi’s and Jonathan Miller’s Rubella and Scarletina. Excellent pairing and Hippodrome material through and through. A top notch performance girls!
Niamh McGrogan’s Baroness Malaria was certainly one to be feared. Gosh, I wouldn’t want to bump into you on the Cathedral green late at night! A strong and commanding performance. I love the laugh too! Excellent.
Phoebe Lynch’s Dandini gave us an inspiring and energetic character bursting into song at any given opportunity. Another compelling performance.
Sets were relatively simple but designed effectively and all scene changes swiftly undertaken by the blackgang crew. The highlight for us all was the transformation UV scene. What a memorable moment for the closing of act one. Precise timings and ‘hands on’ made this a spectacular piece of theatre. Yes, it most certainly was ‘MAGIC’!
There was something for everyone in this pantomime. Great adapted upbeat numbers including a guest appearance from the Monkees (I am certain the late Mike Nesmith would have chuckled at this routine!), running gags, lots of comedy including windy jokes (well it is brussels sprout season after all) and a couple of custard pies thrown in just for good measure!
I also congratulate the band, chorus and Kids group Magic for contributing to a spectacular production.
Thank you for inviting me Wells. Did I enjoy your pantomime experience? Oh yes I most certainly did!
Summary by Nigel Ford. Moderator