Cinderella is now cast and rehearsals are well underway with Thomas Duchan as MD and Claire Carr as director and choreographer. As a member of the audition panel I was surprised at how beautiful is the music and how funny the dialogue. This Cinderella should be a truly great evening’s entertainment that will delight young and old alike. It is not a pantomime as evidenced by the absence of any cross-dressing, panto horses or similar things. The magic of the love story remains as does the hardship of Cinderella living with two step-sisters and a step-mother. Our task is to maintain the magic without losing the credibility. The wonderful music helps here, as will some clever stage tricks, lovely costumes and set. We have already sold much of the Saturday matinee as coach parties make their bookings early. We strongly advise all our patrons to get their tickets before being disappointed.
Click here to have a look at interviews with our Director and members of the cast in rehearsal.
We have special family tickets at just £36 for a family of four and we hope that this will allow many families to bring their children to see this delightful show.
Cinderella – Aimee Hart
Prince Christopher – Danni Carr
Fairy Godmother – Emma Loring
Stepmother – Constance Lawton
Grace – Rhianna Howard
Joy - Hatty Gribben
King Maximilian – Tom Whelan
Queen Constantina – Tracey Hackett
Lionel - Darryl Warnaar
Nina Catasus-Escriba (Dance Captain)
Leonie Bradford Doig
The RMS Mix app can be downloaded to your smartphone via Google Play or the Apple app store. It is free for you to use. WAOS has paid for the license to download the music for Cinderella (Enchanted edition). Once you have downloaded the app you will be asked to scan or photo a QR code (see below). Tap on the QR, then enter your name and email address when asked to do so. Note this is not a dedicated userid or password. We suggest you do this using wifi because the music represents approx 1GB of download. Any problems let me know - firstname.lastname@example.org
RMS MIX QR Code for Cinderella
Firstly – no – it is not a pantomime!!! There have been many fairytale stories over the years that are brought to life as stage musicals......think ‘Beauty and The Beast’, ‘Aladdin’, even ‘Frozen’ now on Broadway. ‘Cinderella’ by Rodgers and Hammerstein was probably the first of these - the timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with all the R&H hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance.
Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, the musical was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. Its recreation in 1965 starring Lesley Ann Warren was no less successful in transporting a new generation to the miraculous kingdom of dreams-come-true, and so was a second remake in 1997, which starred Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as her Fairy Godmother.
As adapted for the stage, with great warmth, a beautiful score and more than a touch of hilarity (there are lots of these!), the hearts of children and adults alike still soar when the slipper finally fits. We will be doing the Enchanted Edition based on the modern 1997 teleplay – so it will be modern, a traditional show delivered in an up-to-date fast-moving way – without forgetting the touches of magic along the way. Old shows don’t need to be dated; we will be working hard to bring it to life for today.
There are 6 principal roles for the ladies – Cinderella (of course), the Fairy Godmother, the wicked Stepmother, the two Stepsisters and the Queen. All are significant roles. For the men, there are 3 main roles – Christopher the Prince, Lionel his Steward and the King, again all have a lot to do. This will be a full company show with lots to get involved in – from townsfolk, market sellers, servants at the royal household, guests at the ball etc......There will also be a lot of choreography for the dancers – both ladies and gents – and company and dancers will be added in to as much of the show as possible. Some energetic dance numbers where possible in ‘The Prince is giving a ball’ for example, and more sedate in the elegant grand waltz scenes of the Ball.
It is a new show for all of us, but another winner from R&H I would suggest. A truly beautiful score combined with a good amount of humour and magical touches. Not necessarily easy from a staging point of view but we love a challenge! If you still aren’t sure, take a look at the 1997 film version starring Brandy, Whitney Houston, Bernadette Peters and Whoopi Goldberg.......you might just be surprised and see why we are excited to be bringing this rather unknown musical to the Witham stage!