LOTS of dancing, singing, corny gags, a convincing panto villain and a massive festive feelgood factor.
Welcome to Cinderella at Consett Empire.
The action starts with a hectic break-dancing set and continues non-stop for two enjoyable hours.
The plot loosely follows the original Cinderella story but with a distinct North West Durham feel.
Prince William of Whittonstall played by Peter Donegan, (skiffle king Lonnie’s son), is looking for a bride aided and abeted by his faithful servant Dandini (David John Hopper).
Meanwhile wicked stepmother Baroness Hardup, played with outrageous camp aplomb by Jason Jones, tries to push her daughters Doreen and Maureen his way.
Doreen and Maureen, the ugly sisters played by Bionik Funk, aka Soner Dogan and John Herald, are Stanley chavas personified.
Harriet Povey is a suitably pretty Cinderella, Chantal McCartney played an excellent fairy godmother tottering on implausibly high heels, Damian James a splendid Buttons and Leah Bell glued the show together as Sarah Buttons.
Leah wrote, directed, produced and starred in the panto which had the audience dancing in the aisles - literally - to The Music Man.
Throw into the mix an attractive stage set, especially the carriage taking Cinders to the ball, a rousing singalong to The Proclaimers 500 Miles, extra sparkle from the young dancers from the Pauline School of Dance and attractive dance duo Louise Mullen and Hannah Hussein, a hilarious “Ghostbusters” routine, and you have the recipe for a successful pantomime.
Call 01207 218171 or book online at www.leisureworks.net