Wednesday, October 7th, 2020 - Wembley Theatre Company

THE magic of Cinderella will cast a spell on you this October as the Wembley Theatre Company brings the classic fairytale to life as a pantomime.

Written by Tony Nicholls and directed by Bryce Manning, the show takes the traditional story and mixes in a range of extraordinary characters including a stepmother full of malapropisms and an unlikely fairy godmother.

Thrown into the mix is a range of jokes, slapstick, puns, songs and laughter as Cinderella journeys from her downtrodden existence to princess life.

“Tony Nicholls’ pantomimes never stray far from the expected plot structure we’re all familiar with,” Bryce said.

“While we know we are watching Cinderella, Tony includes sub-plots, sub-sub-plots, songs and a myriad of characters that make us laugh and cry – but never distract from what we all know will happen.

“The challenge for a theatre director is to find a heartbeat in the script.

“It normally takes four or five rehearsals before the cast is clear and confident with the direction I am taking them.

“It’s then they take ownership of their characters and the play and each actor starts the process of playing a part in this living, breathing thing called theatre.”

Involved in acting, directing and theatre teaching since 1984, Bryce trained as an actor at the University of Western Sydney before moving back to Perth to start his teaching career.

He formed the Wembley Theatre Company in 1996 and has been producing, directing, writing and acting in the company’s annual productions for the past 24 years.

The company has seven pantomimes it performs in rotation and last staged Cinderella in 2014.

“This year’s production will be vastly improved,” Bryce said. “We have new LED lights, stage microphones, stunning new costumes and an impressive smoke machine.”

Cinderella plays at 7pm October 16, 23 and 30 and 2pm October 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 and November 1. Tickets are $17, $12 concession – book at www.trybooking.com/BLKAD.

The pantomime is showing at the Wembley Community Centre, 40 Alexander Street, Wembley.

 

CAPTIONS

cinderella1: Cinderella (Aimee Wills, centre) with her stepsisters Hetty (Matt Penny, left) and Swot (Michael Hodgen).

cinderella2: Unlikely fairy godmother Lucy (Alli Hodgen, right) ready to transform a pumpkin for Cinderella (Aimee Wills).

cinderella3: Cinderella (Aimee Wills, left) and her stepmother Lady Halfcock (Peter Niblett).

cinderella4: Sisters Hetty (Matt Penny, left) and Swot (Michael Hodgen, right) pretty as a picture with their mother Lady Halfcock (Peter Niblett, centre).

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OUR PASSION

Over the past 20 years, the Wembley Theatre Company has been performing hilarious pantomimes, to the enjoyment of the community, parents and children alike.

CASTING

Our company turns shy, amateur actors into bubbly and dramatic star performers. Make friends with our wonderful devoted cast. Stay committed and you will see the results! Contact us if you would like to know more about joining our productions. 

Most of all, you'll have fun! 

ABOUT PANTOMIME

A panto is a traditional fairy tale complete with songs, dances, jokes, exaggerated characters and lots of audience participation.

OUR SEASON

The cast usually goes on a trip to Thornlie, an outer suburb in Perth, to perform as well as a couple of country town visits. 

Feel free to contact us in regards to performances at your venue!


Bryce Manning
P: 0417 179 485
W: thewembleytheatrecompany.yolasite.com/

Keywords

Cinderella, pantomime, Wembley Theatre Company, kids, family, children, performing arts, Wembley Community Centre, fairy godmother, ugly stepsisters

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