Panto twist to fairytale

TALIA CARLISLE
Last updated 10:57 22/11/2012
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Cinder-fella: Coasters Musical Theatre rehearse Cinderella On The Coast, starring Graham Stevens, left, Dez McCormack, and David Tayler.

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Coasters Musical Theatre is bringing new meaning to the term "ugly step sister" with their Christmas pantomime, Cinderella On The Coast.

Written by Waikanae's David Taylor, the traditional fairytale has a Kapiti Coast twist. Its setting is Browns Island next to Kapiti Island.

It also features ugly "ladies", blue bananas and a toilet cleaner.

Coasters president Jo Sharp is directing the pantomime, Coasters' first in over 30 years, she said.

Filled with singing, dancing, slapstick and mobile phones, the show has been a lot of fun and also a challenge to direct.

"I've directed lots of cabaret shows at Coasters and little mini scripted scenes and things, but not a full length scripted show and it's been absolutely amazing, I've loved it. I'm really looking forward to doing more."

The play is written with children in mind, but also contains "discreet" adult humour.

The audience is encouraged to join in the show, Sharp said.

"There'll be plenty of opportunity to be part of the panto tradition of boo-ing the baddies, joining in and yelling out to the cast things like, 'Oh no you didn't'."

Showing December 1 and 8, 4.30pm and 7pm, December 2 and 9, 2.30pm and 4.30pm, Coasters Musical Theatre, Paraparaumu. Children $5, adults $10 from ticketdirect.co.nz or Coastlands customer service, 902 9885.

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- Kapiti Observer

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