Theatre Review: Disney’s ‘Cinderella Kids’

Cinderella, the ‘Once Upon A Time…’ story of a young girl oppressed by her Evil Step Mother and two jealous and mean step sisters. Made to cook, clean and sew for them until an opportunity for a new life presents itself. Does she find ‘Happily Ever After’?

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Presented by Adelaide Youth Theatre

Reviewed 28 April 2019

Cinderella, the ‘Once Upon A Time…’ story of a young girl oppressed by her Evil Step Mother and two jealous and mean step sisters. Made to cook, clean and sew for them until an opportunity for a new life presents itself. Does she find ‘Happily Ever After’?

Adelaide Youth Theatre presents Disney’s ‘Cinderella Kids’, a primary school aged production of this much-loved fairy tale. All cast members are 6-12 in age and the production team are no older than 17 themselves.

Zali Sedgman has produced a treat for all to enjoy! This production was well directed. Stage craft was delivered with the cast making good use of the small stage. Ray Cullen’s projections were a colourful addition to this show and well suited for young audience members. I felt I was in the woods at times. Taylor Trans musical direction was well rehearsed with wonderful vocal projection coming from such a young cast. Skye Van Der Vlies executed uncomplicated choreography for the youngsters and it was perfected with such synchronicity – not an arm out of place.

Zoe Velianofski was gentle and sensitive in her delivery of Cinderella, with lovely vocals developing. Nia Phillips as the Fairy Godmother was upbeat and flamboyant and commanded the rest of the cast in the number Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo. Jordan Tyler was absolutely charming in his role as the Prince and had wonderful expression.

As the evil Step Mother, Bridget Tran provided all the right amount of dominance and cruelty in her portrayal of a much older character than her age. Zali Linke and Sophia Scodella both received a roar of applause for their comical performances of Cinderella’s Step Sisters, Anastasia and Drizella respectively. Linke the boisterous and mischievous sister and Scodella the more uppity and persnickety sister.

Cinderella’s mice, Henry Tran (Jaq), Lillie Tran (Gus), Tahlia Binetti (Perla), Eva Hutchinson (Luke) and Madelyn Birch (Acro mouse), all gave a delightful portrayal of their characters with lovely extension in their ballet choreography and acrobatic work.

Well done to the ensemble, one of the most energetic and enthusiastic young casts I’ve seen.

A short but very sweet show.

Reviewed by Nadine Wood

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