Last Friday, I ventured to the Metro Theatre to watch a very different approach to the classic tale of Cinderella. The Metro Theatre’s 33rd Annual Panto was full of laughs, guys in drag, music, and fun.
I don’t have to tell you what the story of Cinderella is – you already know it. This production took that original story and used it as the skeleton plot for a show with Trump jokes (which unfortunately often fell flat and felt forced), popular songs from musicals, and side characters that worked, quite successfully, to engage the audience.
The highlight for me were the moments when the audience (mostly the kids in the audience) were directly engaging with the actors on stage. Whether it be a minion holding up a cue sign for the audience to shout out, a sing along to the 12 Days of Christmas, or a devil who was dragged straight to hell by 60 booing kids, it was clear that when the kids were having fun, the show was really doing its job.
Stand out performances came from Isaac Li, who showed his Studio 58 training served him well, and Jessi Fowlis, who was likeable and adorable throughout. Brianna Clark was a lovely Cinderella with a sweet voice, and Fairlith Harvey likewise was a crowd favourite as the well-dressed fairy godmother. Overall, this show did what a panto should: it made us laugh, it entertained kids, and it transported us to an easier time.
It’s been a while since I saw a show that whose main target audience was young kids; I forgot how fun and carefree they can be. The Metro Theatre was where I performed every June for seven years with my Elementary school, and I couldn’t help but feel transported back to that time, which made the whole experience cozy and nostalgic. I’d recommend this show to any families out there with kids under the age of ten – there will be something for the parents as well, I promise!
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