CINDERELLA: NEW ZEALANDíS BEST TOP MODEL
Writer and Director Tanya Piejus
Kapitall Kidsí Theatre
at Gryphon, Wellington
From 2 Oct 2012 to 13 Oct 2012
Reviewed by: John Smythe; Ewen Coleman (The Dominion Post);
CLASSIC FAIRYTALE CINDERELLA GETS A TOP MODEL MAKEOVER
A classic fairytale gets a modern makeover this October school holidays as Kapitall Kids' Theatre presents Cinderella: New Zealand's Best Top Model at the Gryphon Theatre.
Writer and director Tanya Piejus says, “It's still Charles Perrault's timeless tale of rags to riches as a poor country girl's charm and kindness lead her to a new life – with a little help from her fairy godmother.
“However, Sandra-Ella, as she's called in our story, is a contestant on ‘New Zealand's Best Top Model' and has to battle arrogant co-competitors, runway shows in high heels and animal allergies to win the man of her dreams.
“I was inspired by some of the young Top Model contestants who often come from difficult and deprived backgrounds. I was particularly thinking of Danielle Hayes, who won cycle 2 of New Zealand's Next Top Model. She came from Kawerau and got all sorts of opportunities she never would have had otherwise from being on the show. Hers was a real Cinderella story and the parallels were obvious.”
For Adam Koveskali, who plays Top Model judge Kevin and handsome fashion designer Charlie Prince, rehearsals have been a trip down memory lane.
“My very first stage role at the age of five was playing an ugly sister in Cinderella. My gran laughed when I told I was cast in this production as she remembered coming to watch me at primary school.”
The other members of the cast are Fern Wallingford (Sandra-Ella), Catriona Tipene (Montana), Helen Grant (California), Loren Martin (Tara/Giselle), Darry Woods (Jason) and Moana Ete (Chanel).
Cinderella: New Zealand's Best Top Model
Gryphon Theatre at 22 Ghuznee Street
2–13 October 2012
11 am and 1 pm on weekdays and 11 am on Saturdays.
For more information and bookings, visit www.kapitallkidstheatre.co.nz or call (04) 934 4068.
Production Manager: Rodney Bane