Perhaps one of the most-loved classics has to be Cinderella, the “rags to riches” fairy tale about a poor kitchen maid who marries her prince and lives happily ever after. And Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo is probably one of the most popular Disney songs, sung by a fairy godmother who’s there to make dreams come true.
Now theatre lovers young and old will get the chance to see Disney’s treasured animated film charm its way to the stage, fairy godmother and mice in tow at the People’s Theatre in June and July.
“The timeless fairy tale is set to become a new audience favourite in Disney’s Cinderella Kids, an adaptation of the treasured animated film that will charm its way into your heart and remind audiences that A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes and really can come true,” said Jill Girard & Keith Smith, who add this production of Cinderella Kids to their 25-year repertoire.
As with their other top quality children’s productions, this one will be filled with magic.
Poor Cinderella is endlessly mistreated by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters, and denied a chance to go to the royal ball. With a little help from her mice friends – and a lot of help from her Fairy Godmother – Cinderella’s dreams come true. She goes to the ball, meets the Prince and falls in love!
Trinity College and Tshwane University of Technology graduate (National Diploma in Musical Theatre) Kaylan Sabbadin plays the title role. Born and raised in Port Elizabeth, Sabbadin has trained in singing, dance and drama, and hopes to finish her masters in drama.
She will be “terrorised” by her two stepsisters – Genevieve Olivier (whose theatre credits include George’s Marvellous Medicine and Pippi Longstocking – The Musical) and Tanja Franszen (who studied at the School of Creative Arts in Sydney, Australia, and has been involved in various theatre productions such as Perdekoop and Hoedemoles).
The stepmother and Fairy Godmother are played by Alida Senekal, who portrays the character of Petro Bam in Afrikaans soapie Binnelanders. She has featured in The Legend of King Arthur, The Enchanted Forest, Othello, The Crucible, Animal Farm, Romeo & Juliet, The 3 Musketeers pantomime, Into the Woods and Pippie Langkous at National Children’s Theatre. Her voice can also currently be heard on the programme In Die Bed Met Bibi on VIA TV.
The Prince is played by Thokozani Jiyane, a versatile performing artist who received his training at the Tshwane University of Technology in Musical Theatre where he featured in Legally Blonde and 9 to 5 The Musical. He was most recently featured in Mr Popper’s Penguins as Admiral Drake, Delivery Man and Doc Hopper.
Gregg Pettigrew, who has more than 30 years’ experience in the industry, and who has performed lead roles in some of the largest musicals, will play the role of the King.
The Duke is played by Andile Magxaki, whom avid theatregoers will remember from Shrek Jr, The Little Mermaid, Storybook Theatre and Aladdin. He has also performed in You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Evita, Guys & Dolls, Beauty and the Beast and Winnie the Pooh.
With a cast like this, it’s no wonder that Girard and Smith are thanking their lucky Fairy Godmother.
“We want the theatre experience to be an education in itself”, say Jill and Keith, “and we are determined to offer consistently superior productions to entrench a love of theatre from a young age.”
So don’t even try fight it. Get your tickets sooner rather than later, and get ready to sing along: “Salago-doola, Menchicka boola, Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo…” you know how it goes: “Put ’em together and what have you got? Bibbidi-bobbidi-Boo…”
Cinderella Kids will run at the People’s Theatre from 5 June – 30 July. There are two shows daily at 09:00 and 11:00 during school times, and 10:30 and 14:30 on Saturdays and public holidays, certain government school holidays and certain Sundays. Tickets are R130 per person and bookings can be made through WebTickets, or by calling Peoples Theatre on 011 403 1563/2340 or emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Press release and images courtesy of Buz Publicity