Cinderella

Date 17th December 2016
Society Airdrie Arts Guild Drama Group
Venue Airdrie Town Hall
Type of Production Pantomime
Director Ronnie Mackie
Musical Director Eddie Gouther
Choreographer Lynn J Stewart

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Author: David Black

This version of the enchanting Brothers Grimm classic provided a festive treat for everyone where spells were cast and dreams really do come true.  In maintaining hope through her dreams of happiness and someday finding her true love, Karry McKellar made an elegant Cinderella.  Cat Gemmell provided a dashing portrayal of the thigh slapping Prince Charming in search of a bride who will love him for who he is not for what he is, aided by Dandini, confidently played by Laura Shepherd.  The fun loving Buttons was humorously portrayed by Peter Paterson seeking to do his best for Cinderella and in doing so, took us on an entertaining motorbike ride across Airdrie to get her to the Ball.  Linda Gouther excelled in characterising the wicked step-mother Roxette.  Eddie Gouther (Ronda) and Patrick Rafferty (Vonda) came up trumps as they brilliantly connected with the audience as the dim, daft and dangerous stepdaughters while Helen McAleer provided a graceful and magical performance as Angelica, making sure everyone got what they wanted.  Lord Cameron was ably played by Grant Johnston with Bill McCloy as King Creole with an acute dose of Elvis, never missing an opportunity to use a lyric from one of Presley’s classics.   The young children added to the entertainment in particular the opening of the second half in an energetically presented mash-up of some well-known popular numbers.  With a great set, bright and colourful costumes and an enthusiastic cast, this had all the ingredients for a great evening’s entertainment.