The Malta Independent 11 December 2017, Monday

MADC’s Panto returns with all-time favourite Cinderella

Wednesday, 18 October 2017, 08:56 Last update: about 3 months ago

The annual panto held at the MFCC will have two dames, an all-star cast and multiple matinées

This Christmas just got even better as the MADC will be celebrating panto-season at the MFCC in Ta' Qali with a spectacular show the whole family will love - a new take on the age-old folktale of Cinderella! Running between Friday 22 December and Tuesday 2 January 2018, the panto will also have six matinées between Christmas and the New Year.

"Cinderella makes for the perfect panto," says well-known director, Chris Gatt. "It's a story about revolution and transformation, and a story with a happy ending that warms everyone's hearts... Definitely what's needed in these crazy times!"

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As the world-famous story goes, Cinderella is left in the clutches of her evil stepmother and sisters, who force her to do housework and not enjoy any of the perks of her class. All that until her fairy godmother saves her on the night of a ball thrown by the crown prince, who falls in love with her at first sight. The event, however, is cut short by the clock's striking of midnight with only a glass slipper left for the prince to seek Cinderella by.

Playing the lead role in the MADC's Cinderella is Rachael Tedesco Triccas, while both evil sisters - as per tradition in a Cinderella pantomime - will be given the coveted role of Dame: one played by seasoned panto dame, Jean Pierre Busuttil, and another by the newly-appointed dame, Michael Mangion. The rest of the all-star cast includes Isabel Warrington as the evil stepmother, Francesca Briffa in the role of the Fairy Godmother, Sandie von Brockdorff as the principle boy, and Renato Dimech as Baron Flooseless.

"Maltese pantos have their own traditions, so we needed to adapt the story to fit in our own genre," explains Marylu Coppini, who adapted the world-famous story for the MADC. "There are, of course, loads of local elements which will help audiences identify with the places and the characters. For example, the story is set in Valsetta and we have a character called Baron Flooseless, who, as the name suggests, is flus-less."

Due to the theme of this year's MADC Panto - Cinderella - the Club has also added six matinées between Christmas and New Year to give parents the chance to take their children to see one of their favourite stories acted live in true local panto-style.

"There'll be magic, comedy, songs aplenty, dance, silly costumes... What more could you want?" the director concludes.

 

For more information about Cinderella, or to reserve your seats, please visit www.madc.com.mt


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