Cinderella - A Traditional Family Pantomime - The Elgiva (elgiva.com)
The Elgiva in Chesham is a 300 seat theatre
owned and managed by Chesham Town Council, presenting a wide-ranging programme
of professional and amateur productions as well an eclectic range of movies,
top comedy, bands, musicals, ballet/dance, one night shows and private
events.  The new manager David Cooper and
his team have great plans to make the theatre an integral part of the community,
with storytelling, flamenco dance, baby yoga and a range of other exciting ideas
to ensure people make the most of this incredible facility.

Often a child’s first introduction to theatre
is to see a pantomime and this year, for the first time, New Pantomime
Productions brings one of its superb professional pantomimes to the town.  With a stellar cast from TV and the world of
entertainment, you know you’re in safe hands to sit back and enjoy an evening
of fun and mayhem.

With
a career spanning over fifty years, Tom Owen plays the hapless Baron Hardup incapable of standing up to
the gruesome twosome, Claudia and Tess, his stepdaughters. Tom is best
known for playing Compo’s son in the longest running TV comedy series Last of the Summer Wine.  Tom is Bill Owen’s (Compo) real life son and took the role on after his father’s death
in 1999.


X-Factor
finalist, David Heath, whose boy band Eton
Road
came fifth in 2006 when Leona Lewis won, has worked extensively since
then and has even set up his own dance school, Attitude Dance, to share his
passion for singing and dancing with everyone in Bootle. He makes a warm,
likeable Prince Charming and has a
lovely voice.


Playing
the titular role of Cinderella is the
beautiful Kaya Rose, whose powerful voice resonates around the auditorium. Kaya
has worked exceptionally hard to hone her craft in the entertainment business
after graduating from Masters Performing Arts College.  Her dedication has paid off as she gives a
solid, credible performance as Cinderella.


Someone
who absolutely knows how to engage and interact with the audience is Chris
Casey, playing Buttons.  His comedy timing and energy are infectious
and he has a command of the stage that ensures whenever he’s around the
audience are happy.  In some ways it’s
the hardest role as he has to keep the story moving and everyone entertained,
but he does an excellent job.


Ben
Moseby (Claudia) and Sean Luckham (Tess) have both been working in the
business for decades, performing anywhere from Butlins to global venues
performing Shakespeare.   They make a
particularly nasty double act for us all to hiss and boo at and the hideous
costumes are hysterical.


Nic
James as Dandini has a towering
presence on stage and is a great foil to Prince
Charming
. Nic has an extensive CV of theatre and TV credits.


Ionica
Adriana is the pretty Fairy Godmother,
who makes Cinders wishes come true.


The
cast is supported by a team of delightful dancers from local dance schools, who all add to the visual spectacle, with
some sweet choreography by Ashley Johnson. The live band helps the singers to
produce the best vocals and add to the magic of the evening. 

The
costumes are absolutely sumptuous with vivid colours of reds, blues, silver and
gold with sequins and glitter.  They all
enhance the overall feel that this production has not cut any corners to create
a most enchanting evening for all the family.

The
panto runs to 5th January 2020. 
Tickets can be booked at:

https://elgiva.com/book-online/48201/

Reviewed by:

Yvonne Delahaye

12.12.19

@yvonnedelahaye