The cast, chorus and production team of Cashel Pantomime Society's 'Cinderella - A Modern Tale' deserve enormous praise.
For whom such praise is given to this year's producer Maria O'Shaughnessy who also graced the stage as the quirky Fairy Godmother (with a difference). Maria did a fantastic job depicting Dick Meany's script in a modern manner. Working alongside Maria in this task was musical director Sarah Flynn, whose musical numbers enhanced the modern theme. Sarah was assisted by her brother the very talented musician John Flynn. We were delighted to see the return of Aisling O' Dwyer as show choreographer who brought energy and creativity to every musical number with the lively dancing for both cast and chorus.
The work of the production team would not have been made possible without the dedication of every cast and chorus member. From the opening scene the story unfolded with a modern twist immediately read with great wit and humour by Fairy Godmother (Maria O'Shaughnessy) who donned not your typical ball dress but pink doc-martins!
Cinderella was portrayed beautifully by the very talented singer and actress Saoirse Fitzgearld. Cinderella's Prince Charming (Brian Anglim) awed audiences with his wonderful rendition of 'Make You Feel My Love' and Cinderella and Prince Charming's duet was magical. The ever talented Margo Fogarty (Beyonce) and newest society member Barbara Ryan (Gaga) brought ingenious humour to the show with their unimaginable facial expressions and wit! Sean Murphy (Baroness of Windmill) and John Hally (Baron of Monameigh) were hilarious as husband and wife! Sean Murphy deserves huge praise for his quite accurate role of the dominating Baroness! Great credit is deserved to Damien McCarron for his tremendous work on make up and the beautiful scenery. Continuing to keep youth in this years production was Jake Ryan who played the character of Buttons with great humour. Amanda Smith (Sally) whose beautiful voice kept the show upbeat with her song 'Fireworks'.
Mark Edwards (Dandini) the productions second heart-throb did a fantastic job portraying his love for Gaga (Barbara Ryan) and his 'Stayin Alive' moves were wonderfully polished and humorous. Well done to Sean Devane (Major Bouncer) who kept all the characters in line at the Royal Night Club.
The chorus were vivacious, well rehearsed, smiled throughout each song and did a wonderful job interacting with cast on stage. The chorus and cast were supported throughout each performance by a tremendous group of pit singers. A warm congratulations is extended to Anne O' Dwyer's dancers who danced beautifully as gingerbread boys and girls.
A word of credit is also due to the committee for all their hard work in the background who make productions like Cinderella possible every year.