Cin­derella is given a sea­sonal twist at the Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre

Bray People - - NEWS - BY MARY FOG­A­RTY

Cin­derella had a host of ad­mir­ers vy­ing for her at­ten­tions at Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre last week.

This was the pan­tomime A Christ­mas Cin­derella pro­duced by Per­form­ers The­atre School.

The show was on Thurs­day, Fri­day and Satur­day at the the­atre.

It was a won­der­ful pro­duc­tion, with chil­dren from age three to 16 tak­ing part.

But­tons, Cin­ders’ friend, has har­boured a se­cret love for the girl for a long time.

How­ever, both Prince Charm­ing and his ser­vant Dan­dini fall for the beauty when they meet her.

The all-singing all-danc­ing sis­ters Tutti and Fruity want to nab the prince for them­selves, and don’t think much of Cin­derella.

In a fun and fes­tive take on the tra­di­tional tale, the ‘ ball’ is the scene of some very skilled hip hop danc­ing, where Cin­ders ul­ti­mately loses a shoe.

The prince then goes on a quest to find out whom the shoe fits.

Poor but­tons and Dan­dini haven’t a hope with Prince Charm­ing as their ri­val. And while Cin­derella does point out that he hasn’t ac­tu­ally pro­posed, she ac­cepts his of­fer im­me­di­ately!

All of this hap­pens with a Christ­mas twist, with the show well and truly stolen by the troop’s youngest chil­dren.

The lit­tle stars have been busy grow­ing in the for­est.

They came on stage twice dur­ing the per­for­mance to sing their songs at Cin­derella’s re­quest, once be­fore the in­ter­val and again at the very end of the play.

The cast of course in­cluded the Fairy God­mother, the peo­ple of the vil­lage, a mini Santa Claus and a younger ver­sion of Cin­derella.

There was a great at­mos­phere at the Mer­maid, with the au­di­ence get­ting on board with some of the singing and in­ter­act­ing with the cast.

Of­fer­ing classes in mu­si­cal the­atre for chil­dren aged from just 3yrs up to teens, the school was es­tab­lished in Bray in 1997, and vis­its the Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre bi-an­nu­ally in both May and De­cem­ber.

‘Our classes are run in a bright and spa­cious stu­dio, with a happy and pos­i­tive learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment. We pride our­selves in of­fer­ing classes that are first and fore­most fun!. Our stu­dents feel part of a group, val­ued and happy. All our classes are suit­able for all ages and abil­i­ties, where chil­dren re­ceive both in­di­vid­ual and group tu­ition’.

The new term starts on Satur­day Jan­uary 10, in the Mer­rill Leisure Club, Bray.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion you can con­tact (086) 8397517, or find the school on Face­book, where they are cur­rently run­ning a com­pe­ti­tion to win a full term of classes in the new year.

Some of the cast of A Christ­mas Cin­derella in the Mer­maid The­atre in Bray.

Naoise Hen­der­son Lacey, Robyn Lynch, El­lie Ryan and Holly Lewis Hob­son.

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