DUNDALK Musical Society is due to stage the opening performance of their annual festive pantomime, the classic fairytale “Cinderella” later tonight (Tuesday, January 10).
Fresh from the success of their recent sell-out production of “Oliver”, the performers are preparing to thread the boards until Sunday, January 15 at 8pm nightly with matinees on Saturday, January 14 and Sunday, January 15 at 3pm.
“Cinderella features an all-singing, all-dancing chorus of 90 children and young adults whose spectacular routines and dazzling costumes are sure to enchant the young and the young at heart,” according to Dundalk Musical Society PRO Paudie Breen.
“Under the careful direction of Robert Murphy who has taken the role of Director and Choreographer this year, assisted by Sarah Carpenter, this super talented pair have been putting the cast and chorus through their paces for the past couple of months, with Geraldine Casey taking up the baton once again to make sure the singing is pitch perfect.”
This enduring favourite is centred around the beautiful orphan Cinders played by Katie Halligan who has been an active member of the society for many years.
“Katie started as a tiny tot in the panto and has now come through the ranks to take the role of leading lady, a challenge which she is both relishing and excelling in,” said Paudie.
Cinders lives in the shadow of her evil stepmother Lady Windolene played by the legendary Nicky McCourt, and her ugly stepsisters Consumpta and Concepta played by the formidable duo of Paudie Breen and Alan Doherty.
Cinders only friend in the world is Buttons, the house boy, played by Patrick Browne.
However, her world soon changes after a chance meeting with the handsome Prince William played by well known local actress Lydia Mullaney and sidekick Dandini played by Stephanie Rocks.
Bernie Balfe as the Fairy Godmother sprinkles a little magic dust on this wonderful story and along with panto regulars Finn Conroy, Brian Keough, Oliver Hanratty and Jason Kelly ensures plenty of laughs along the way.
Tickets are priced e12 for evening performances.
Matinee tickets cost a recession busting e10. Tickets are now on sale from the box office at An Tain Theatre at the Town Hall. To book call into the box office or telephone 042-9392919.