Following the success of its two previous sell-out pantomimes, ‘Aladdin’ and ‘Cinderella’, Glenrothes Theatre Company presents another much-loved fairy tale in Rothes Halls this month.
‘The Sleeping Beauty’ is a fresh and fun-filled re-telling of the favourite story, which promises enjoyment for all ages.
Grizabella the Black Fairy doesn’t receive an invitation to Princess Mirabel’s christening and, in revenge, casts a spell, so that on her 16th birthday, Princess Mirabel will prick her finger and die. Thanks to White Fairy Genevra’s intervention, Mirabel doesn’t die but falls into a deep sleep, from which she’ll be wakened by a Prince’s kiss. Nanny Bunion and faithful family retainer Crumble are sent out to find the necessary Prince, who, unknown to them, is already on his way.
Kirsty Miller makes her Glenrothes Theatre Company debut in the title role, with the role of her longed-for prince being taken by Emma Laing, who has already played several roles with the company.
Comedy is provided by Lee Mitchell and Audrey Stevenson, who serve up a feast of fun as Nanny Bunion and ‘octogeranium’ Crumble.
Evil comes in a double dose. Aileen Henderson is Grizabella the Black Fairy, while Nikki Conn is Queen Ermintrude, who has a dreadful secret which is only revealed when all seems about to end happily.
Producer Norma Nicol has also drafted several members of her Glenwood High School evening drama classes into the cast.
Audiences are invited to come to the show in pantomime costume to join Nanny Bunion and Crumble in their quest for the all-important prince and help them outwit the evil Black Fairy. Fairies in particular are welcome – preferably not evil ones!
‘The Sleeping Beauty’, written by Ron Nicol, with music by Barbara Tulloch, is at Rothes Halls from Wednesday, December 11 to Friday, December 13.