Cinderella (31 Jan - 3 Feb 1996)

programme 1996

Cast of characters

The Baker Phil Smith
The Butcher John Dicker
The Candlestick Maker Katie Dicker
Cinderella Emily Thorn
Buttons Martyn Hicks
Baron Stoney Broke of Skint John Bellamy
Gertrude Mark Phillips
Bertha Ted Morse
Prince Charming Rachel Harris
Dandini Becky Gorf
Fairy Godmother Claribel Christine Crabbe
Court Heralds Sarah Skinsley, Simon Tofts
King Gustav Craig Rundle
Queen Eleanora Greta Woodman
Chorus of shopkeepers, villagers and Royalty Julian Balsdon, Lucie Baverstock, Katherine Bessell, Leah Bewley, Polly Davis, Donna Buckland, Stephanie Coombes, Eileen Dicker, Ann Fowgies, Stephanie Gill, Stacey Hall, Craig Rundle, Sarah Skinsley, Rachel Thorn, Sarah and Simon Tofts, Angela Warren, Greta Woodman
Dancers Lucie Baverstock, Katherine Bessell, Leah Bewley, Polly Davis, Rachel Thorn, Sarah Tofts

Production Team

Writer/Director David Goddard
Assistant Director Mo Merrell
Box Office Ann Bellamy
Choreographer Mo Merrell
Costume design/maker Jean Goddard
Costume assistants Molly Arthurs, Marion Clarke, Mary Morgan, Margaret Shore, Angela Baverstock, Jacky Davies, Pat Morse, the cast, families and friends
Front of House managers Ann Bellamy, Carole Parsons
Front of House team Kath Bangham, Margaret Dixon, Rosemary Emery, Caroline Feltham, Lyn Warren and team, Brian Woodman.
Lighting Director Pete Brown
Lighting Team Shane Ebbels, Jim Rogers
Make-up Jean Goddard, Gloria Gurton, Ann Smith and cast
Musical Director Ian Tucker
Prompt Nina Sivier
Properties Sue Grace, Mary Morgan, Ann Smith
Scenic Design/Painting Helen and Trevor Newman
Sound Nick Adams and Jamie Swan
Sound Effects Ray Buckland
Set construction/design
and stage crew
Bernard Crabbe, Dave Fowgies, Steve Gill, Bev Moon, Geoff Morgan, Ian Tucker, Brian Parsons, Terry Bisgrove
Stage manager Dave Fowgies
Assistant stage manager Bernard Crabbe
Wardrobe Mistress Jean Goddard
The Palace Band Ian Tucker, Ian Henderson, Mike Packer

CLIP 1 - 1,640Kb - 0:58 - Mice/frogs dancing and the coach magically appears.

NODA review of "Cinderella" by representative Gerry Branton

Yet another Cinderella, this time from one of our younger groups and written by the director. The traditional pantomime characters were well represented, from the broker`s men, Buttons, a down-to-earth Fairy Godmother, to the politically correct "Not-so-good-looking sisters". Cinderella, as played by 14 year old Emily Thorn, was enchanting and her well projected voice was shown to advantage in the vocal numbers. She was partnered by Rachel Harris, a truly `charming` Prince and their duets were highlights of the performance. The largely youthful, inexperienced cast worked hard and in the main succeeded in portraying their characters. Topical and local jokes abounded which the audience enjoyed, but beware of too many ad-libs, which although are funny to the cast, leave us mystified.

Music as usual gave tremendous support with original number "Nightspell" creating a magical atmosphere for the transformation scene, complete with choreography for mice and frogs. Good choice of songs with a welcome modern flavour all added to the overall enjoyment. Costumes, sets and props were of a high standard and quite eye-catching, such as Cinderella`s illuminated coach, the ball gowns and powdered wigs.

Always a joy to visit this friendly group who give such pleasure to their audience.



I. The Village Square outside the Baron's House
II. On the way from the Village to the Palace
III. The Woods
IV.  On the way from the Palace to the Village
V. The Kitchen inside the Baron's House


I. The Palace Ballroom
II. On the way from the Palace to the Baron's House
III. The Kitchen inside the Baron's House
IV. On the way from the Village to the Palace
V. The Palace Ballroom

Photos from the show

me as Buttons  cast members

a scene

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newspaper clipping



During November 1995, on the day of the annual BBC Children In Need appeal was broadcast, BBC Radio Bristol held a fundraising "Panto Breakfast" at the Bristol Old Vic where local panto groups were able to go along dressed in costume and go on air to plug their forthcoming pantomimes.
I went along as Buttons with the director and some other cast members which was an enjoyable and interesting experience, even though I nearly dried up when the presenter pointed his microphone in my direction!!!

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