Webster panto raises the roof

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‘Cinderella’ certainly manages that!

John Binnie’s adaptation of the classic tale, ‘Cinderella’ opens to the public this week at the Webster Memorial Theatre, but our reporter had the chance to preview the fun at a schools performance.

It tells the tale of introverted Prince Eddie Emo, who is forced to find his place in life by going out into the world to mingle with his subjects. Fortunately, while working in the tattie fields of Angus he meets and falls in love with Cinderella, and the rest, they say, is history!

Nathan Byrne and Isabelle Joss are in fine voice as the lovestruck couple and they both show great chemistry and rapport with their audience and bags of energy to boot.

Carmen Pieraccini is Fairy Multi-Task, apprentice magical being and the catalyst at the heart of Cinderella’s transformation for the prince’s ball. Carmen is a true professional and her enjoyment of the role and connection with the youngsters is clear.

No Cinderella panto would be complete without monstrous morons, the Ugly Sisters, in this iteration the tattie-obsessed Bangers and Mash (Graham Crammond and Arron Usher respectively).

Their slapstick, one-liners and innuendo were totally on the mark and their dazzling array of hideous outfits were dizzying. The sets were also bright and well-designed and particularly clever in their interchangeability, and the costumes were fantastic.

Well done to all Angus youngsters taking part in the show, from the dancers to the role of Buttons the Mouse, which was shared by Kezia Adam, Finlay Brooks, Holly Jarret and Mirren Duncan.

Congratulations must go to all of the production team, including - John Binnie, writer and director; Robin Mitchell, designer; David McMullan, musical director; JJ Christine, choreographer and Nicole Currie, costume designer.

‘Cinderella’ is a fantastic family panto with humour in spades, great music and just the tonic to get you out of this dull gray climate and into a the Christmas spirit.

The show runs until December 24, with tickets available from the Webster Memorial Theatre box office on 01241 435800.