Cin­der­fella shall go the ball or TV show

Clutha Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - MARY-JO TO­HILL

The male ver­sion of the Cin­derella story, Cin­der­fella, is one of those shows where it’s easy to keep the ba­sic char­ac­ters and sce­nario, but adapt them to the town or coun­try where it’s play­ing.

In this case, the fella is Archie Dumpling, who has a case of the wicked step­moth­ers in the form of the ghastly Dame Felic­ity Dumpling and her hor­rid chil­dren.

Like Cin­derella in the old rags to riches tale, work never ends for poor Archie aka Cin­der­fella, who is much put upon by the dread­ful Dumplings.

But in true con­tem­po­rary style, he thinks re­al­ity TV will el­e­vate him from drudgery, in this case a tal­ent show, called Celebrity Calls - Bal­clutha’s an­swer to New Zealand’s Got Tal­ent - hosted by the lovely Silky Draw­ers and her as­sis­tant, Ser­ena Pop­tart.

Archie’s also got a bit of a thing for the hot new celebrity rock star, Princess, and wants to get the chance to sing with her in Geezer’s Palace, Lost Ve­gas. Luck­ily he has a bit of mag­i­cal help to help him get to the au­di­tions.

Which new ris­ing star will win this year’s com­pe­ti­tion?

Will it be Mil­dred? Will it be Ivan The Ter­ri­ble or Charlgo the Mag­nif­i­cent? Will it be Archie (aka Cin­der­fella) or will it be his vain step brother Valentin?

It’s all in the hands of the judges, one of whom, Marmaduke Sphinc­ter is so mean he makes Si­mon Cowell look like every­one’s favourite un­cle.

As for Feather Duster; just how did she be­come a celebrity judge any­way? And just what is Mr Meanie Marmaduke’s dark and ter­ri­ble se­cret?

And con­tes­tant Mil­dred? In a nice lit­tle de­par­ture, the the­atre com­pany has in­tro­duced a cow char­ac­ter to the tal­ent quest.

It’s no bull; Mil­dred is ap­par­ently al­ways one to stand out from the herd - and be heard. Her pro­duc­ers say not only is she ud­derly beau­ti­ful, she gives moov­ing per­for­mances as well.

Mil­dred’s lucky break comes when she is tal­ent spot­ted by Archie’s step-sis­ters Chardonay and Mer­lot Dumpling, and Ms Moo is milk­ing the op­por­tu­nity for all it’s worth.

Cin­der­fella opens tonight, with per­for­mances on Fri­day and Satur­day, and then Fri­day and Satur­day next week (Novem­ber 24-25), at the South Otago The­atri­cal So­ci­ety Ge­orge St The­atre. On­line book­ings through Iticket, or in per­son book­ings at John­stone Elec­tri­cal.

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