With high expectations I sat down in the auditorium at Lionacleit Theatre on the 18th of December to watch this year’s Uist Youth Theatre pantomime, Cinderella.
The show opened with the wonderful voice of Rachael MacDonald singing Nat King Cole’s L.O.V.E., and using her brilliant comedic style she introduced the production before transforming into Cinderella’s companion, Buttons.
Many colourful characters took to the stage, including the evil Baroness Hardup (Kara Creighton) and her comical, inept husband Baron Hardup (David Alexander).
The dynamic duo Rough and Ready (Andrew Muncaster and Roslyn Palmer) delivered hilarious back and fourth dialogue.
Sprinkling Fairy Godmother magic was Georgia MacMillan ably assisted by her elegant Sprites Amy Murdoch, Katie Walker and Abigail Lane.
Anna Campbell took on duel roles as the reluctant Herald and the exasperated dance instructor who tried to keep the Ugly Sisters in line. Villagers Anna MacIain, Maria McGoldrick and John Scanlon gave great supporting performances, while Emma Monk kept the Ugly Sisters on their toes as the mischievous sandwich munching mouse.
Hannah MacLennan and Amelia Lane owned the Ugly Sisters with the complete lack of inhibition.
They introduced themselves via a duet of the Beverly Sister’s classic song ‘Sisters’. However, where would the panto be without Cinderella herself?
Sensitively played by Rachel MacIsaac, her romantic portrayal of Cinderella left a lasting impression on Prince Charming, confidently played by Iain MacPhee.
Iain contributed to the musical moments with an admirable serenade to Cinders and a brilliant rendition of Michael Buble’s ‘I just haven’t met her yet’. Jessica Kemp kept the Ugly Sisters guessing and gave a strong performance as the Prince’s companion Dandini.
With some brilliant laughs, slapstick moments and a happy ending of course, Cinderella was a showcase for the talented members of the company.
The professional quality lighting was managed by Christopher Palmer, the live music accompaniment offered an extra theatrical element and was performed by Kirsty MacLean and Joanne MacMillan and additional support was given by Robert Gilles, Tracey Wright, Jud Hunter and Sgoil Lionacleit. My expectations were met and more by another Uist Youth Theatre triumph.
Pictured above is the cast and crew (not pictured, Katie MacLennan who played Hyacynth on the first night and Daisy Melnyczuk who helped with set design).