Cinderella – Pantomime – Centerstage Theatre

Elevator Thoughts (aka Tweet): Cinderella pantomime at Centerstage Theatre. 1st time seeing a British panto & was pleasantly surprised there was singing w/ a band. Even included #drag. Awesome Cinderella and Button actresses. Witty jokes. Feel-good family-friendly experience. #campy

Synopsis from the Theatre: Celebrate the most magical time of year with the most magical fairy tale of them all – Cinderella! For fifteen years Centerstage has enchanted audiences with its traditional holiday pantomime (the Panto). Young and old enjoy the sparkle, glitter, and chaos of this family-friendly laugh-a-minute traditional British treat. Audience participation is encouraged and enhances the cleverly choreographed mayhem. The Fairy Godmother, Cinderella, Prince Charming and, of course, the Wicked Stepsisters deliver holiday joy to everyone–from age 5 to 95!

Reviewed Performance: 11/26 Afternoon – Opening Day

Type: Pantomime

World Premiere: Yes? I think this theatre produces their yearly pantomimes new in-house. Please let me know in my social media post if you have information.

Live Band/Orchestra: Yes

Recommendation: See it if 1) you’ve never attended a pantomime, 2) you like pantomime, 3) or you want to take kids to a show.

Would I See It Again 3 Years from Now?: Yes if it was an Equity production

Rating Compared to Other Shows with the Same Production Value:
4.25 Stars (Out of 5 Stars)

Equity Actors: 1 actor out of 20-ish. The non-Equity main characters were very good.

Length: 2.75 hours – I’m surprised the kids in the audience were okay this long!

Intermission: Yes

Other Rave(s) Not Mentioned in Elevator Thoughts

  • Cleaver Quips: I smiled and laughed a lot during this show. Maybe it was the funny jokes. Maybe it was the novelty of panto.
  • High Kicks: Dandini (Jasmine Wright) performed impressive kicks!
  • Songlist: Included songs from musicals (like The Wiz, Hairspray, & Les Misérables) and pop culture.

Rant(s)

  • Time to Cure: This production could use more time to solidify and tighten up the performance. However, I attended the opening day and this problem will certainly improve as they continue to perform this show.
  • Microphones: They need to increase the volume of the minor characters and reduce the crackles from various microphones.

Other Thought(s)

  • Pantomime: This was my first time seeing a British “panto.” I’m very curious how this novel experience compares to pantos performed in the UK. It was interesting how they frequently broke the 4th wall and encouraged the audience to yell things out. I know the kids certainly loved that.
  • Dress Transformation: This was the first time I’ve seen a costume transformation like how this production turned Cinderella’s rags to a gown. It was definitely more cost-effective than what I’m used to seeing. However, it was still effective since the kids sitting behind me were trying to figure out how the trick was done. I won’t spoil the stage magic for you though!
  • Wardrobe Malfunction: Someone’s pants fell during a song and I don’t think it was intentional. Fortunately, they weren’t the focus during the scene. Oh, the magic of live theatre!
  • Kid Performers: I’m usually not a fan of seeing kids on-stage especially if they’re not in a professional Equity production. That being said, it was refreshing to see this production mix amateur kids with older more experienced actors. I’d like to think that it’s a good mentoring experience for the child performers and a better experience for the kids in the audience.

Theatre Company : Centerstage Theatre

Venue: Dumas Bay Centre

Venue Physical Address: 3200 SW Dash Point Rd, Federal Way, WA 98023

Price: Cheap

Dates: November 26 to December 18, 2022

Seating: Assigned

Parking: Free and plentiful lot parking.

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@showsiveseen #Cinderella #pantomime at Centerstage #Theatre. 1st time seeing a British #panto & was pleasantly surprised there was singing w/ a band. Even included #drag. Awesome @jrselleck & Buttons actors. Witty jokes. Feel-good family-friendly experience. Review + Photo Credit: showsiveseen.com/2334 #campy ♬ Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo – From “Cinderella” – Verna Felton
Meghan Ames, Jessie Selleck
Aimee Coronado, Jonathan Martin, Colleen Bjurnstrom, Kyle Sinclair, Jasmine Wright, Jessie Selleck, Leila Neidlinger, Jamie Martin, Dean Marshall
Leila Neidlinger, Brad Cerenzia, Bob DeDea
Jasmine Wright, Dale Bowers, Maghan Ames
RoleName
CinderellaJessie Selleck
PrinceKyle Sinclair
Stepsister KourtneyBrad Cerenzia
Stepsister KhloeBob Dedea (Equity Actor)
Fairy GodmotherCarrie Sleeper-Bowers
ButtonsMeghan Ames
DandiniJasmine Wright
Baron HardupDale Bowers
Featured EnsembleLeila Niedlinger (Dance Captain)
Dean Marshall
Colleen Michelle
EnsembleAimee Coronado
Keith Ordonez
Maddie Carlson
Will Johnson
Juvenile EnsembleMatiya Searing (Young Cinderella)
Jonathan Martin
Jamie Martin
Juvenile Ensemble UnderstudyMiriam Clark
KeyboardDeborah Armstrong
DrumsTai Taitano
GuitarCameron Schneider
BassDarren Olson
Director & PlaywrightVince Brady
Assistant DirectorHelen Marion-Rowe
Stage ManagerSamuel Osborn
Assistant Stage ManagerMadeline Hiller
ChoreographerCassie Jo Fastabend
Music DirectorDeborah Armstrong
ArrangerSam Peters
Scenic DesignerNiclas Olson
Costume DesignersMorgan Morgans
Trista Duval
Sound DesignerBenjamin Symons
Props DesignerHenry Behrens
Scenic ArtistsTori Dewar
Jasmine Johnson
Set ConstructionNiclas Olson
Will Johnson

Ghost Train – Play – Centerstage Theatre

Elevator Thoughts (aka Tweet): Ghost Train play at Centerstage Theatre. Great scary show for Halloween. So much chilling anticipation. Wished the dreadful crabby ole spinster had more lines. Unexpected ending reminiscent of Scooby Doo. #spooky #theatre

Type: Play

Recommendation: See it if you like scary theatre with limited number of scenes.

Rating (Out of 5 Stars): 4 stars

Theatre Company : Centerstage Theatre

Venue: Dumas Bay Centre – 3200 SW Dash Point Rd, Federal Way, WA 98023

Price: $$ (Medium)

Dates: October 7-30, 2022

Seating: Assigned Seating

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@showsiveseen "#Ghost #Train" #play at Centerstage #Theatre. Great #scary show for Halloween. So much #chilling anticipation. Wished the dreadful crabby ole spinster had more lines. Unexpected ending reminiscent of #ScoobyDoo. #spooky ♬ Ghosts – Alexis Lynn
Photographer Michelle Smith-Lewis
Photographer Michelle Smith-Lewis
Photographer Michelle Smith-Lewis
Photographer Michelle Smith-Lewis

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“The Oregon Trail” play opening night at Centerstage Theatre. Inspired by the classic video game complete with dysentery! Encapsulates the purposeless jobless quiet desperation & depression millenials felt after the 90s.
@showsiveseen “The Oregon Trail” #play opening night at Centerstage Theatre. Inspired by the classic #OregonTrail #videoGame complete with dysentery! Encapsulates the purposeless jobless quiet desperation & #depression millenials felt after the 90s. #game ♬ Video Game – 8 Bit Game Adventures (soundtrack, keygen) – mooqa

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“Yellow Fever” noir play w/ dad at Centerstage Theatre. Love seeing Asian representation in the art & entertainment! #Japanese #Japantown
@showsiveseen #YellowFever" #noir #play w/ dad at Centerstage Theatre. Love seeing #Asian representation in arts & entertainment! #Japanese #Japantown ♬ AIN'T GONNA STOP – Carol Kay

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“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” at Centerstage Theatre. Good lead actors. Well-written fun musical interspersed w/ sly wry humor. Reminiscent of Mel Brooks & “The Producers.” #MonteCarlo
@showsiveseen "Dirty Rotten #Scoundrels" at Centerstage Theatre. Good lead actors. Well-written fun #musical interspersed w/ sly wry humor. Reminiscent of #MelBrooks & #TheProducers. #MonteCarlo ♬ Pieces (Solo Piano Version) – Danilo Stankovic