In the famous pantomime, ‘Cinderella’, it is a well-known fact that the lost slipper does not fit the Ugly Sisters.
But in a version by students of Hucknall’s Holgate Academy, the iconic item of footwear did not really fit Cinders either.
This meant that the devoted love of Buttons (played by Lewis Locker) for the downtrodden heroine (Fern Taylor) was requited as they lived happily together ever after. Meanwhile, Prince Charming (Frank Burbage) got married to his servant, Bella (Ellie-May Gunn), who had swapped her slippers with Cinderella’s flip-flops at the palace ball.
Ed Turner and Mason Dunstan donned flamboyant drag for their roles as the odious siblings, Shampayne and Shardonnay, while Sarah Stevenson revelled in her role of wicked stepmother Grizelda. The show was written and directed by Rebecca Morris and her script was laced with witty one-liners. Beth Garwood was assistant director and vocal coach while Harli-Rae Watts choreographed all the dances.
The cast of nearly 40 kept the action moving briskly throughout. Despite variations from panto traditions, the production contained such familiar ingredients as cream pies in faces and a ‘he’s behind you’ ghost scene.
The show was well received by large audiences at its two performances in the school hall. Oh yes it was!