Theatre Review: Cinderella at Egremont Market Hall

For Whitehaven Theatre Groups Christmas pantomine we sent Senior Reporter Ken Powell and Junior Repoter Sophie Cooper to cast their eye over this years offering.

 

By Ken Powell

The Whitehaven Theatre Group (WTG) have put on what is perhaps their best Christmas pantomime I’ve seen in years.

The whole cast with a young fan (Photo: WTG)


Running from Tuesday 6 until Sunday 11 December at Egremont Market Hall, WTG’s ‘Cinderella’ is a definite must-see for anyone with children (and many of us who are still big kids too).

I can’t remember the last panto where I laughed so much. In my house you know you’ve been to a good performance when your laughter is so loud and raucous that your teenage daughter is dying of embarrassment next to you.

Limited space, as usual, prevents me from discussing everyone’s role but briefly lighting, sound and scenery were slick and polished, the dancing well executed, costumes professional and, despite this being an amateur production, the cast unusually strong as a whole. Some of the actors, however, deserve special mention.

Shaun Donald was back in his ‘rightful’ place as Buttons – a role I’ve seen him do before but he was on top form on the opening night. He has excellent rapport with the audience, both young and old.

Stuart Evans, in duo with Michal Quinn as one of the Ugly Sisters, was so brilliant I wish I’d had a cup of tea just so I could splutter it dramatically at some of his ad-libs. I’ve not seen Stuart perform before so he was a real treat.

Star of the show, appropriately, was Jasmin Smith in her debut role as Cinderella. I commented in my review of WTG’s ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ in June expressing my hope she would snag a major role. My Fairy Godmother made my wish come true and Jasmin didn’t let herself down. She acted well, diction was clear, face expressive – and her voice was superlative. Jasmin’s rendition of ‘Think of Me’ was as beautiful as it was impressive and arguably brought the loudest applause of the evening from the audience.

There were ‘swarms’ of children around on opening night and they loved all the interactions on stage. Many too took advantage of the inspired idea to allow photos with the whole cast on stage. Looks on faces told you it was a fun and magical night for them.

I heartily recommend taking your family for a real value-for-money great night out. What’s that? Oh no it isn’t? Oh yes it is! I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist…

 

By Sophie Cooper

PEOPLE from all over flocked to the opening night of 2016 pantomime, Cinderella. 

Once again, the Whitehaven theatre group have blown us all away.

This time with the classic, Cinderella.

Who knew that a few twists could make such a great difference? Cinderella was based on the usual story line, (come on people we all know how the story goes.)

They added some little interesting twists that made it their own – a real crowd pleaser and a fun surprise for this reporter.

Cinderella fell in love with the prince, she lost her glass slipper but she also brought out her true self and I think its really inspiring that they really caught her obstacles and her bad situations but she overcame them and this is a very important message.

Its very realistic but in a humorous way which makes the audience enjoy themselves and enjoy the performance. The cast interacted with the audience to make it more enjoyable and so they have a little fun!

The performance includes dances involving children from young ages to their teenage years. The dancing is absolutely beautiful to watch and I bet all the parents loved seeing their children do it.

Its quite lengthy but it is definitely worth sticking around for. The audience loved the refreshments and little toys on sale during the interval.

Overall, this pantomime was very entertaining for me and sure-fire run for the whole family.

 

‘Cinderella’ runs until 11 December 2016 at Egremont Market Hall. Book your tickets here.