The Malta Independent 16 December 2017, Saturday

Christmas pantomime: Filling Cinderella’s shoe

First Magazine Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 09:36 Last update: about 30 days ago

Rachael Tedesco Triccas will be filling Cinderella’s shoe/s at this year’s MADC panto. The performing artist tells First magazine about strange coincidences, non-conforming princesses and her excitement to be back on the stage.

How and when did your acting career begin?

I started going to a theatre arts school at the age of 8. The first professional musical I was in was the original run of 1565: The Musical when I was 12,  and at the age of 15 had my first panto experience as part of the chorus in Masquerade's first ever pantomime 'Jack and the Beanstalk'.

                                                        

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Is it your first time playing a main role? How are you feeling about it?

Not really . At 16 I was given the opportunity to play Tinkerbell in Peter Panto. Since then I had a hiatus from the theatre, taking on roles in TV series and working on my singing career. It was always my dream to return back to the magic of panto, but due to its required commitment wasn't able to. So psyched to finally be back on stage, with an amazing cast and two dames!

 

How does Cinderella rank in a list of your favourite Disney princesses?

One of the first fairy tales to have read, Cinderella will always be a favourite classic, however I must admit I do like the Disney princesses who offer non-conformist role models to our children! Although the carriage and the prince become imprinted in us as we grow up looking for our fairy tale ending, other tales which encourage girls to fight for their cause rather than wait for their prince, I believe, offer a far more positive lesson.

 

What is the moral of the story in Cinderella?

I feel Cinderella reminds us of the importance of kindness and gives us hope that karma does exist. On the other hand, we are shown that you do not need to be rich to lead a happy life, but sometimes simple pleasures are what lead to happiness!

  

What is your favourite line from the whole script?

Can't reveal my favourite jokes, however something which struck me is that one of my lines, 'let me out, let me out', had also been one of my lines as Tinkerbell. I feel it somewhat of an interesting coincidence to reinterpret the same line but through a different character. It also brings about fond memories of such a great experience and a moment of realisation of how much time has passed since then, and how much I have grown and experienced in life!

 

If you could choose one, what would you choose, a prince, animals that help you in whatever you do or a fairy god mother that can give you temporary transformations?

Hands down, I choose the animals. Finding a prince would be nice, but I'm guessing he won't come with a guarantee that he will treat me right. The fairy godmother might be fun to have, but theatre transformations come just as close and fun. Animals that help me out (and hopefully speak to me - always wondered what my cats would sound like if they hypothetically had a voice) would be absolutely amazing! 

 

What is your dream acting role and why?

I never really had a particular dream role. I feel that as we grow and evolve we are able to deliver different roles accordingly. Sometimes the least expected roles are the most fun as you have to undergo an unexpected transformation. Having said that, I am a huge musical theatre fan, so would be chuffed to play roles which combine the three disciplines!

 


This year's annual panto at the MFCC in Ta' Qali will have two dames and six matinees between Christmas and New Year. The show will run between 22 December 2017  and 2 January 2018.

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

 


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