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Cinderella has a ball at North Creake

By Lynn News Reporter

The Creakes Drama Group’s 2019 pantomime, Cinderella, promises to be full of colourful costumes, laughter and music as the theatre group’s actors set out to entertain today and tomorrow and on the same two days next week.

It features the directorial debut with the group of Phil Lance, who has worked in amateur dramatics since his youth in Hampshire until he moved first to Cley and then Hunstanton, before coming to North Creake four years ago to join the multi-award winning theatrical group.

The cast of Cinderella
The cast of Cinderella

He is full of praise for the cast, saying: “They are a fantastic, lovely bunch to work with and no egos which I have come across with other groups in the past.”

He is working from a script by award-winning playwright, Tom Whalley, but has added some touches of his own: “I’ve introduced some guards and some young cast members as mice.”

Modern technology plays a hand with a scene lit by ultra-violet light which enables the young mice in the cast to entertain the audience, although invisible themselves, with colourful moving silhouettes, whilst a hidden Cinderella transforms herself for her Prince Charming.

Evil Baroness Griselda (Joan Price) looks on as Ugly Sisters Richard Tree (Bella-Needs-a-Fella Hardup) and Robin Hawkes (Stella Artois Hardup) torment Mel Smyth (Cinderella) (Nccd0007) (6533078)
Evil Baroness Griselda (Joan Price) looks on as Ugly Sisters Richard Tree (Bella-Needs-a-Fella Hardup) and Robin Hawkes (Stella Artois Hardup) torment Mel Smyth (Cinderella) (Nccd0007) (6533078)

Prince Charming is played by Evette Price and Cinderella by Mel Smyth who is tormented by Ugly Sisters Richard Tree and Robin Hawkes (Bella-Needs-a-Fella Hardup and Stella Artois Hardup).

Other cast members include Joan Price, Karen Adams, Harry Studd, Phil Lines, Robert Kilburn, Peter Autie, Erin Tree and Judith Kilbourn. Youngsters Imogen Sugden, Olivia Sands, Megan Futter and Bethany Wiskin share the role of the young Cinderella.

Dandini (Robert Kilbourn) and Prince Charming (Evette Price (Nccd0026) (6533083)
Dandini (Robert Kilbourn) and Prince Charming (Evette Price (Nccd0026) (6533083)

Musical director is Robert Hill, stage manager and set designer is Tim Adams, with Dave Barber handling lighting and sound and Beth Argent heading the make-up team.

A few tickets are left but Peter Autie is handling returns on 07818 696660 or online at peter_autie@btinternet.com. Today’s performance starts at 7.30pm and tomorrow’s at 5pm.

Next Friday is again at 7.30pm with a Saturday matinee at 3pm and the evening performance at 7.30pm.


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