Cinderfella shall go the ball or TV show
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.