Playing Cinderella is Kellieann Coveney, who has been dancing and performing since the age of three, beginning her career in the Marlowe Theatre pantomimes. Her handsome Prince is Heidi Griggs, winner of a Kent Drama Association award for Best Debut Actress, who along with local bingo hall caller Grace Smith as Dandini, searches the kingdom for the beautiful girl whose foot fits the glass slipper.
Nik Waller and Chris Perkins are the Ugly Sisters, who constantly try to outdo each other in the glamour stakes and spend all their time making poor Cinderella carry out all the household chores. When not in their dresses you will find Nik in the wine and spirits aisle in Morrisons where he is the manager and former policeman Chris in a classroom, assisting children with their education.
Pauline Etheridge, Theatrecraft’s almost-resident wicked witch, has been transformed into a whisker-twitching mouse called Squeak. Along with her cheese-eating friend Bubble, played by Kes Hewett, the talking furry rodents do their very best to ensure their friend Cinderella gets her Prince and they don’t get eaten by Simone, the Ugly Sister’s evil cat, purrfectly played by Jade Hager.
Will happiness be ensured by the Fairy Godmother, artfully captured by head teacher Heather Kemp and Cinderella’s best friend Buttons who will do anything for the girl he loves?
Cinderella is directed by Andrea Oliver, winner of Best New Director in the KDA Full Length Play Festival, choreographed by Corinne Hedges, Heidi Griggs and Jade Hager and musically directed by Jacqueline Francis, an original member of Rubber Biscuit, Kent’s biggest soul, rhythm and blues band.
The production will include two matinees on Jaunuary 10 and 11. Tickets are available online from www.theatrecraft.org.uk or call the Theatrecraft booking line on 07842 535596.