a magical mix of song and slapstick
By Fred Sherwin
Asphyxia and Euthanasia as well as their mother, the Baroness Medusa von Hardup,
provide the villainous element in the East End Theatre production of 'Cinderella'.
Christmas, it must be time once again for a classic English pantomime from the
folks at East End Theatre.
up on the success of "Aladdin" (2003) and "Jack and the Beanstalk"
(2004) the amateur theatre company tackles the classic children's fairy tale "Cinderella"
this weekend at the Orléans Theatre, as only they can.
slapstick comedy and part musical, East End Theatre's "Cinderella" is
100 per cent entertaining.
dates back to Victorian England where it was a popular diversion from the drudgery
of daily life. Often described as the original variety show, true pantomime is
a mix of comedy, song, audience participation, slapstick humour, puns and, of
course, a villain.
measures up on all fronts, especially when in the comedy department. Ron Kok and
Tim Robinson are side-splitting hilarious as the ugly stepsisters Asphyxia and
appears in East End Theatre's traditional holiday pantomime after a one year absence.
Those of you who saw "Aladdin" will remember him as the tremendously
funny Widow Twankey.
drag queen performance in "Cinderella" is a touch Monty Python and a
pinch Dame Edna. His presence on stage is complimented nicely by panto newcomer
Robinson. The two men play off each other wonderfully and the result is non-stop
laughs, especially when they join forces to sing "Sisters" and "Give
Me That Old Time Rock and Roll".
is the key ingredient to any successful pantomime and "Cinderella" is
Charming, played by Sherry Thurig, places the glass slipper on Cinderella's foot
during the East End Theatre production of 'Cinderella'. Sherwin/Photo
Of note is
the return of 13-year-old Sylvie Moquin who plays the lead role. Moquin was magical
as Princess Melanie in "Jack and the Beanstalk" and her superb vocals
and spellbinding presence on stage in "Cinderella" are further proof
we'll be hearing a lot from her in the years to come.
my money, Moquin's two duets with Sherry Thurig who plays Prince Charming, provided
the musical highlights of the evening.
strong performances were turned in by Cameron O'Brien as Cinderella's confidante
Buttons and Louise Franklin as her step.m.other, the Baroness von Hardup.
principle cast is rounded out by Sally Osborne as the Prince's valet Dandini;
Chris Story as Cinderella's father Baron von Hardup: Christine Adamson as the
Fairy Godmother; Gilles Bellefeuille and David McNorgan as Ammer and Tongs.
East End Theatre pantomime would be complete without the contribution of the childrens'
chorus which performs the opening two numbers with Dandini and Cinderella and
then the closing two numbers of the first Act including a spirited version of
"Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo" that will have you singing along.
participation is not only welcomed in a pantomime it's encouraged. Booing, jeering
and cheering are what make pantomimes one of the most interactive forms of theatre
there around and with characters like the ugly stepsisters, is more than enough
opportunity to exercise your vocal chords during East End Theatre's production
childrens' chorus is made up of Brynn Emond, Jasmine Lee, Samantha Chan, Jessica
Laframboise, Emily Ouellette, Taylor Boileau, Deandra Robinson, Emily Leahy, Dannica
Tofflemire, Zoe Kok, Paige Kendell and Miranda Tofflemire.
of the teen chorus include Alexander Dean, Raquel Gollob, Caity Dyck, Ruthanne
Rath, Michael Jacobsen and Hayden Smith. Special mention should also go to pianist
Patricia Messier, director Diane Barnett and stage manager David Ferguson.
continues tonight and tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. at the Orléans Theatre on Centrum
Blvd. Two special matinée performances will be held on Saturday and Sunday at
2 p.m. For ticket information call 841-0111.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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