Teagan Liptrot is fitted for her gown by Nicole Rae, the costume designer for the Sooke Harbour Players. (Contributed)

Teagan Liptrot is fitted for her gown by Nicole Rae, the costume designer for the Sooke Harbour Players. (Contributed)

Cinderella brings pantomime tradition to Sooke

Sooke Harbour Players production premiéres Nov. 15

The Sooke Harbour Players are venturing back into the magic of fairy tales for their latest offering.

Cinderella, a pantomime, combines a unique presentation of a classic tale with a modern twist as familiar songs from the 1960s, ‘70s, and ‘80s are injected into the story line by music director Rachel Beaton.

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“This is a really fun production,” said past director Drew Kemp.

“This time around I’m not directing but I do get to play one of the evil stepsisters in the production. I’ve not had so much fun for a long time.”

Pantomime is a type of musical comedy that encourages audience participation and is well suited for family audiences.

This production is directed by Susan Browne and Julia Knowles and the cast is a close knit group of players who include Browne’s husband and Harbour Players president Andrew Donelly as Baron Hardup.

Choreographers Kiarra Balzar, Julia Knowles and Caloi Rae have combined their efforts to ensure the production is a non-stop spectacular of movement and song.

And Kemp’s cross-dressing is a traditional part of the pantomime tradition.

“The audience is going to be in stitches over the antics of sisters Beryl and Cheryl Hardup, played by Kemp and Paul Holmes, and Buttons played by Kramer Dmytriw,” Browne said.

Naturally, a fantasy production of this kind would be impossible without the addition of equally phantasmagorical costuming. That aspect of the production is provided through the help of costume mistress Nichole Rae, whose work has been seen in the Sooke Harbour Players last three musical productions, including Annie, Oliver and last year’s pantomime of Snow White.

Cinderella will be performed at EMCS Community Theatre, Nov. 15 to 17 and Nov. 22 to 24.

Showtimes on Fridays and Saturdays are 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for seniors and children under 16. They are available at Shoppers Drug Mart and the EMCS Society Box Office.



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