Panto season has well and truly arrived in the north-east – and what a way to kick things off.
The Phoenix Youth Theatre is this week showcasing a toe-tapping, hand-clapping sing-a-long telling of festive favourite Cinderella, with special Christmas trimmings.
Too early for some yuletide fun? Oh no it’s not!
There are laughs aplenty in this show and there is something for all the family, with jokes referencing everything from Facebook to the Great British Bake Off – and even former Aberdeen FC player Ryan Jack.
In fact, the Granite City features heavily in this laugh-a-minute show.
It is set halfway between Rubislaw Den and Kingswells and features a wicked step mother named Baroness Bieldside (played by Holly Greenhalgh).
There is also a dash of local lingo, courtesy of the wonderfully impressive Buttons (Zach Lagoug), who taught the appreciative audience lots of Doric phrases such as “dinnae be feart!” and “a richt sair fecht”.
The songs were well performed by the 19-strong main cast and the 23 others in the backing cast – but what really brought this show to life was the star turns from enthusiastic young actors who have clearly put a lot of passion into preparing for this week.
Cinderella (Jessica Ferrier) struck the perfect chord, interacting with the audience brilliantly, while Fairy Godmother (Ciara Christie) was the ying to the yang of the Demon Godfather (Finlay Keir) – both were thrilling.
The Ugly Sisters (Adam Forbes and Adam Huckle) were a bundle of energy and a boat load of fun.
A special mention must go to Bows the Cat (Bradley McAllister), who had the crowd in stitches without so much as saying a word.
The show runs nightly up to and including Saturday, and there is a bonus Saturday matinee show.