Grimm fairy­tale is a dream for Cam­bus­lang’s Ross and Joy

Rutherglen Reformer - - Election Special - Jonathan Ged­des

A pair of Cam­bus­lang lo­cals are adding a fairy­tale flavour to their lives this week.

Ross Mil­lar and Joy Stibbs will take part in Into The Woods, a new ver­sion of the hit mu­si­cal be­ing put on by the EROS Mu­si­cal So­ci­ety at the East­wood Park Theatre.

Joy will take the role of Cin­derella in the show, while Ross plays Ra­pun­zel’s boyfriend, a prince.

The show it­self of­fers a twist on tra­di­tional Broth­ers Grimm fairy­tales, and was turned into a Dis­ney film in 2014 that starred Meryl Streep, James Cor­den and Anna Ken­drick as Cin­derella, the role that Joy plays this time.

Joy, who stays near Gil­bert­field Road, is de­lighted to be tak­ing on the role of Cin­derella.

She said: “This is the most chal­leng­ing role I’ve had with EROS.

“There’s a lot of di­a­logue that goes into song, and I’ve got two re­ally big num­bers in par­tic­u­lar.

“On The Steps Of The Palace is re­ally chal­leng­ing, and then NoOne Is Alone also re­quires a lot.

“A lot of my fam­ily are com­ing over from North­ern Ire­land for it, so I’m look­ing for­ward to it.”

Joy, who is a mu­sic teacher, first be­came in­volved with East Ren­frew­shire group EROS af­ter a friend sug­gested she au­di­tion.

She in­stantly won a part and thinks the past few years have been a huge con­fi­dence boost for her.

“It’s re­ally been good for my con­fi­dence.

“As well as act­ing I was mu­si­cal di­rec­tor of the panto at Sleep­ing Beauty, so things like that have been re­ally good to do too.”

Ross be­came in­volved in the pro­duc­tion thanks to Joy, who’s mar­ried to one of his pals.

Ross, who stays in Kirkhill, said: “It’s the first time I’ve done any­thing with EROS.

“I’d sang at a flash­mob at Joy’s wed­ding , and ever since then she’s been say­ing I should get in­volved with EROS and should do some­thing with them.

“I’m one of the funny char­ac­ters, as Ra­pun­zel’s prince has a duet with Cin­derella’s prince at one point.

“It’s quite a dark show in places, but there’s a lot of hu­mour in the first half be­fore it gets darker in the sec­ond half.

“This is the first time I’ll be do­ing any­thing at the theatre since I was at Cathkin High do­ing Cathkin Capers and it’s good to be back do­ing it as it’s a re­lease from your day to day stuff.

“There’ll be but­ter­flies be­fore I go on but a lot of things have hap­pened in the show by that point, so it’s a nice time to come in at.”

The show will run from to­day through un­til Satur­day, April 23.

Per­for­mances are at 7.30pm ev­ery evening with a Satur­day mati­nee at 2.30pm.

Tick­ets can be bought at www. east­wood­park­the­

Fairy­tale Star Joy plays Cin­derella

Prince Among Men Ross plays Ra­pun­zel’s Prince

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