Tra­di­tional, mag­i­cal and a lit­tle bit crazy...

Panto sea­son is upon us... oh yes it is! CAMILLA GOOD­MAN finds out about The El­giva's pan­tomime Cin­derella which makes its de­but to­day

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - PANTO -

PRE­PARE to be en­chanted as The El­giva presents the most mag­i­cal of pan­tomimes, the tra­di­tional story of Cin­derella. The show opens at the the­atre in St Mary’s Way, Che­sham, to­day and runs for four weeks un­til Sun­day, Jan­uary 3.

The cast will star in a to­tal of 49 shows over the fes­tive pe­riod and more than 11,000 peo­ple will come to see the show.

The story fol­lows Cin­derella, who is forced to serve her wicked Ugly Sis­ters. She dreams of free­dom and the chance to find true love and hap­pi­ness. Aided by the silly but lov­able But­tons and with her Fairy God­mother care­fully watch­ing over her, watch with de­light as a pump­kin is trans­formed into a sparkling coach, mice into white horses and Cin­derella is sent to the Prince’s ball in a daz­zling ball gown and glass slip­pers – all with a wave of a good fairy’s wand. But the spell will break when the clock chimes mid­night. Will Cin­derella live hap­pily ever af­ter?

Will the Ugly sis­ters steal the Prince away from her? Will the Glass slip­per fit? All will be re­vealed in The El­giva’s spec­tac­u­lar brand new pro­duc­tion, once again spon­sored by the Examiner and Ad­ver­tiser.

The Che­sham the­atre last did Cin­derella in 2004, so it is go­ing to be very ex­cit­ing to see this fairy­tale un­fold on home soil for the first time in 11 years.

Pro­ducer, scriptwriter and di­rec­tor of this year’s pan­tomime Stu­art Mor­ri­son said: “This year’s pan­tomime is go­ing to be quite mag­i­cal, it’s more of a tra­di­tional pan­tomime. We’ve spent a lot of money this year on ef­fects that will be sub­tle but will really be mag­i­cal, like Cin­derella’s dress, and the coach is go­ing to look out­stand­ing.”

This year’s pan­tomime will fea­ture two Dames, with The El­giva Dame reg­u­lar Colin Ridgewell re­turn­ing as Ugly Sis­ter Bella and Greg Pich­ery, who has chore­ographed the Che­sham the­atre’s pan­tomime for the last five years, making his Dame de­but as Ugly Sis­ter Donna.

The larger than life duo have 10 cos­tume changes this year, and Stu­art has promised some very ex­cit­ing out­fits.

“I love my cos­tumes but my boots, which were Danny La Rue’s are killing me! I’m dread­ing the cos­tume changes, we have 10! Some of the cos­tumes are very spec­tac­u­lar, I’m look­ing for­ward to wear­ing those,” ex­plained Greg.

Colin, who was in Grange Hill for eight years, said: “It’s the first time in my 13 pantos that I’m play­ing the baddy, I’m really look­ing for­ward to that and to scar­ing the kids and pick­ing on the dads in the au­di­ence. I’m also look­ing for­ward to work­ing with Greg, it’s a unique ex­pe­ri­ence to share the stage and bounce jokes off each other. Be­ing by my­self is quite daunt­ing so it’ll be great to be with some­one else.

“We’ve got 10 cos­tumes changes, which is one more than last year, but with two of us there’s dou­ble of ev­ery­thing so it’s go­ing to be crazy get­ting changed back­stage, there will be cos­tumes every­where!

“The show is go­ing to amaz­ing and we have some really great songs this year.”

ChrisWills as Prince Charm­ing, inset above,Vic­to­ria Jane as Cin­derella.Top, Ugly Sis­ters Colin Ridgewell and Greg Pich­ery. Inset left with David Martin as But­tons and Klu­ane Saunders as the Fairy God­mother

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