Opening night at the 31st Annual Christmas Pantomine did not disappoint as a large crowd flocked to the Capitol Theatre in Nelson for the production of Cinderallen.
Directed by Laurie Jarvis, along with Glynis Waring looking after dance and Tyler James as musical director, the annual Christmas Pantomine turns the average storybook fairytale upside down with out-of-the-norm plot twists and local humour involving local businesses and places in and around Nelson.
Julian Barkman as Cinderallen, Lhasa Ryan as the princess, David Edington as Fairy Godmother and Shawna Cummings as Vexacia, the evil stepmother, highlights a star-studded local cast.
Pantomine, a British a theatrical production, mainly for children, that involves music, topical jokes, and slapstick comedy and is based on a fairy tale or nursery story, has been fitting in well to begin the festive season in Nelson for the past 30 years.
CinderAllen runs through to Sunday, with shows Friday and Saturday. Tickets Tickets are $16 for adults, $11 for children, or $50 for a family of four, and can be purchased at the Capitol Theatre box office or online.
Evil Stepmother, Vexacia (Shawna Cummings) holds the chore list for Cinderallen (Julian Barkman) during one of the scenes Thursday at the Capitol Theatre.
Cinderallen (Julian Barkman) entertains the crowd with a musical number.
Evil Stepmother, Vexacia (Shawna Cummings) goes toe-to-toe with Fairy Godmother (David Edington).