Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Iona Presentation College. Directed by Matthew Aris. The Regal Theatre, Subiaco, WA. 17-19 March, 2017
Iona Presentation College’s Cinderella was one of the first big school productions of the year. A lavish show with a big budget feel, this Cinderella was a delight.
Jade Spirito in the title role, was a beautiful Cinderella with lots of personality and a gorgeous voice.
Strong, larger than life performances from Courtney Preston and Mikaela Giancaspro as nasty stepsisters Grace and Joy, showing lovely teamwork.
Particularly impressive performances from the young ladies playing well above their age; Georgia Wilson (Fairy Godmother), Hannah Howard (Stepmother) and Apryl Richards (Queen) all gave portrayals that belied the fact that they are still schoolgirls, showing maturity, depth and lovely sass.
Iona, which is an all girls school, sourced some wonderful guest performers. Matthew Healy made a handsome and charming Prince Christopher, Joshua Brant won audience affection as valet Lionel, while Christopher Bedding was a comic and loveable King - all are outstanding singers.
A strong and dedicated chorus shone, and expertly executed excellent choreography, courtesy of choreographer Coby Brant. The ensemble also included a handful of very capable male guest performers.
A full sounding orchestra, under the baton of musical director Aaron Wyatt, sounded great. Wonderful to see a 27 piece, well managed orchestra. Sound balance is always tricky in this venue - and for the most part was handled well.
Costumes, designed by Cherish Marrington and Min Adlide and a team of twenty-four, were a highlight - a well considered medley of differing eras and style, which always seemed appropriate.
A family friendly, expertly presented musical. Congratulations to Iona and all involved.