Archbishop Sancroft High School, Harleston
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Director Meryl Keeble should be applauding herself for an excellent production of Cinderella with a twist.
This reworking, by Stuart Paterson, on the classic fairytale was witty, well acted, and proof there is a great deal of talent in the Harleston Players Youth Theatre Company.
The four ugly sisters – Laura Ducket, Beckey Martin, Samantha Rackham and Hannah Sellick – had impeccable comic timing.
Cinderella (Hattie Spencer) gave a very natural, believable and confident performance and showed real singing potential.
Her love interest, Callum (Alexander Firth Clark), started off very nervous but soon relaxed as the kitchen hand whose love for Cinderella at first goes unnoticed; and Sgt Puff (Alison Savill) and the parroting Sgt Sugar (Rachel Ball) made a humorous double act.
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Having two fairy godmothers (Josie Grimble and Chloe Williams) was an inspired touch.
One of the play's many outstanding scenes was the heated, funny, row between the King (Jamie Tuthill) and the Prince (Jake Kubala).
And who could resist the big, black eyes and wonderful expressions of The Black Douglas (Chloe Booker-Smith).
Wicked was the operative word for the stepmother (Katie Cunliffe) and walkover for Cinderella's father (Arthur Thomas).
The rest of the cast, and those behind the scenes, contributed to an excellent production.