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CINDERELLA CINDERELLA: Kids Fringe

Chase & Hamill / Winnipeg, MB

Posted: 07/19/2009 2:56 PM | Comments: 0

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One must tread carefully when reworking the classics... and what better footwear to don while doing it than a glass slipper?

Working from a script by U.S. playwright Edith Weiss, local director Kevin Hamill and his green cast offer up a more moralistic retelling of the old-fashioned fairy tale. In this version, Cinderella still has her stepsisters, her fairy godmother, and her Prince Charming, but this time around, magic won’t solve all her problems.

No, she has to find the strength to stand up to her nasty siblings on her own. Meanwhile, her prince is no puffed-shirt Lothario; he knows Cinderella’s worth before she sets foot in his ball, a refreshing twist that makes for a good laugh at the play’s climax.

The eight actors in this production are young, and it shows; they can be awkward, and don’t quite ham it up the way Kids Fringe performers should. (One exception: the town herald, who is warmly comic with his pompous English accent.)

But the performances are earnest, and the production lighthearted and well-pitched for fresh young minds.

— Melissa Martin

From the official Fringe Festival program:

The classic fairytale brought to life - with a twist.

When the prince throws a ball for all of the ladies in town, Cinderella must compete for his affection against her evil (but beautiful!) stepsisters. Cinderella discovers what it takes to grow from ordinary to extraordinary, with the help of her Fairy Godmother and a tomcat named Tom.

budandlou.winnipegonstage.com

RECOMMENDED: Especially for Kids (12 & Under)

60 min.

KIDS VENUE - School of Contemporary Dancers 211 Bannatyne Ave (Crocus bldg.)

Tickets: $8
Discount Tickets: $5 for Kids (12 & under), Fringe Volunteers/Performers

Babes in arms permitted.
 

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