Cinderella, Dalian Players, Woolston Methodist Hall

First published in Curtain Call by

WITH plenty of jokes and silly comedy routines, a pretty heroine and a dashing prince, the requisite ugly sisters and panto dame, some nicely presented dancing by Fitzell Roberts School of Dance and the chance for audience participation, there was something for everyone in this pantomime by Michael Tosdevin.

If there was still a lingering awkwardness at times as the players settled into the show and the pace was a bit slack in the first half, this was counterbalanced by the enthusiasm of the playing.

Beth Street made a sweet and beguiling Cinderella, singing the role well. The interplay between Prince Charming (Elizabeth Goldring) and Dandini (Mollie Prince), the Prince’s attendant, was deft and confidently done. Sandra Franks (Carmen) and Debbie Carter (Miranda) had great fun as the ugly sisters.

The outrageous costumes that they and Phil Jordan (Dame Hardup) modelled were a sight to behold.

Good fun.

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