With a bright flash, Maureen Nolan is first on stage to set the scene and provide guidance as the Fairy Godmother. Both charming and possessing natural stage presence the show is off to a good start as Cinderella (South Shields own X-Factor finalist Lola Saunders) and Baron Hardup (The Dumping Ground’s Connor Byrne) launch into the first big dance number You Can’t Stop The Beat.
Indeed Cinderella is blessed with talented dancers in fabulous costumes and a crop of great singers. We remembered, from her appearance at the Tyne Theatre in Footloose back in 2016, that Maureen Nolan is a great vocal talent and likewise Lola Saunders stood out in Save The Last Dance For Me in 2016, so it was no surprise to them duet fabulously at the end of Act One with When You Believe.
Enchanted Entertainment have brought another member of Collabro along this year, and Jamie Lambert has plenty of opportunities to show off his range. This includes duet with Lewis Denny (as Dandini) with Queens’s Don’t Stop Me Now and with Lola Saunders with A Million Dreams. Jamie’s big moment comes with his solo One Moment In Time. Of course the show gives Maureen a big number also with one of her big hits I’m In The Mood For Dancing.
Upper Circle: Adults £17, Concessions £15
Schools: £10 (buy 10 get 2 free)
Youth Groups: £13 (buy 10 get 1 free, except on Christmas Eve)
Groups 10+ buy 10 get 1 free