The 100 Mile Performing Arts Society’s recently wrapped production of Cinderella was a true delight for both audiences and actors.
The local community theatre group’s rowdy, comedic pantomime version of the classic fairy tale ran six shows at Martin Exeter Hall – the last on Dec. 13.
Director Donalda Speers says the community truly embraced the pantomime style of theatre, recalling the joyous hum of the crowd while they cheered the heroes and booed the villains.
“Because the fun of the show is wrapped up in audience participation, each show was unique and special.
“There were many, many memorable moments. Such as when a young girl’s voice called out with awe and wonder ‘Hi, Cinderella!’ from the darkness of the audience. Or when kids started yelling for Cinderella to ‘Run! It’s midnight!’ as the clock began to strike. Or when the sisters said they were lost and the audience told them they were in the forest. Or when Major Domo was looking for the sisters, who were on the floor behind him, and the kids in the audience were beside themselves trying to get him to look and see them.”
The cast of 18 spent many hours on many nights rehearsing the show, which featured elaborate costumes, witty dialogue and dancing and singing.
“The cast all embraced their roles, from the trees and bunnies to the Ugly Stepsisters and sweet Cinderella, with Buttons to tie them all together,” Speers says.
“As a first time director, with a cast of 18, of which all but a few had never seen a panto, it was a whirlwind ride of laughter, learning and growth for everyone.
“As always, we are very grateful for the support of the community.”
Leading cast in alphabetical order: Chris Adams, Shelly Carrera, Hilary Gosnell, Don Kinasewich, Shawn Nelson, Karen Smith, Kate Spencer, Eric Storteboom, and Lacey Venner.
Up next for the Performing Arts Society is an A.R. Gurney play, The Dining Room, directed by Gord Smith and slated for March 2016.