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December 2007
From the Isle of Wight County Press (Contributed)

Cinderella has something other pantos lack – two dames for the price of one. In the recent version at Trinity Theatre in Cowes, the ugly sisters are Wayne Child and Bob French who obviously enjoy bouncing around in drag, coaxing the maximum participation from the audience.

Their much maligned and much prettier sister is played by Hannah Brewer in her first leading role outside school. She duly falls in love with Prince Charming (Maria Wilkinson) leaving poor old Buttons (Dean Stewart) lovesick and alone as tradition demands.

Another acting debut is Nick Weightman who pairs up well with Grant Farley as the two bailiffs, Mr Cheap and Mr Nasty. Anita Davies plots and cackles as the Baroness while Tracy Howard is suitably twinkly as the Fairy Godmother.

CAODS have extended their stage for this production, and the extra space allows the large chorus to do justice to the excellent choreography organised by Tracy Tetlow, who also plays Dandini. As a result, the musical numbers are a pleasure for the eye as well as the ear. The Mexican wave is particularly impressive, and the enthusiastic band of young fairies deserve credit for the way they spin in turn, one after the other at the end of their dance.

Cinderella is produced by Daphne Brown with Alex Quilter as musical director.

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