School hits jackpot with ‘Cinderella Rockerfella’

STAR TURN -- the cast of 'Cinderella Rockerfella'
STAR TURN -- the cast of 'Cinderella Rockerfella'

STAGESTRUCK pupils of Bulwell’s Hempshill Hall Primary School delighted audiences with a dazzling production of the show ‘Cinderella Rockerfella’.

Masterminded by school secratry Rosemary Lishman (director) and head of music Jo Harrison (musical director), the rags-to-riches tale of downtrodden Cinderella and her rise to fortune was a credit to the 40-strong cast involved.

Rising to the challenge of the demanding principal roles of Cinders and Rockerfella (Prince Charming, who was otherwise known as Rocky) were talented duo Niamh Smith and Matthew Wyatt.

In fine form as the loveable Buttons was emerging star Mathew Radford, while Nathan Farmer and Joe Spooner courted laughted as the outrageous ugly sisters, Anastacia and Augustina.

Making a terrific contribution as the Wicked Fairy, Nastyboots, was Mya Uppal.

Her best efforts at skulduggery were always thwarted by the welly-wearing Good Fairy Brigade made up of Megan Tynch, Kai Nowakowski, Dominic Bettridge, Heather Read, Katie Searcy, Megan Brudenall and Phoebe Wardle.

Charlie Turton, as the town crier, Daniel Martin, who played Dan Deeney, Rohit Grewal, in the role of Monsieur Bunn, and Bethany Palmer, as Rocky’s personal relations officer, shone in supporting roles.

Teamwork played its part in the production, which was notable for its splendid individual performances, fine singing and costumes and an admirable all-round effort from a wonderful group of performers.

Head teacher Helen Ridge praised everyone involved in the show and commented: “This is the first time our pupils have put on a pantomime and it has proved immensely popular with both the cast and our audiences.

“In Rosemary and Jo, we have two people who are an inspiration to all.”