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Students to perform Cinderella at the New Theatre Royal

Bethan Roscoe

A third year Musical Theatre student has taken on the role of director this year for the University of Portsmouth’s Dramatic and Musical Society’s production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella which will open at the New Theatre Royal on 28 February for 4 shows.

Bethan Roscoe, who has directed youth productions including Bugsy Malone and Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat has always had a passion for the ensemble which is clear from her directing and the energy she gives in working with others. Bethan recently had her own Fairy Godmother moment when her own mum, Helen, came to her rescue to provide a transforming dress for the production to turn from Cinderella’s rags into a ball gown. Helen, who has many years experience as a wardrobe mistress for her local amateur dramatics knew exactly what to do.

Matilda Andrews, who is playing the part of Cinderella said its her favourite part of the show, “It’s every girl’s dream to be a real life princess! The energy from the rest of the cast when they saw the dress for the first time was phenomenal.” Just like Cinderella, her dream has come true by being cast as the princess herself in this year’s production of Cinderella.

Matilda Andrews as Cinderella and Rhys Jones as her prince

Of course, what is the story of Cinderella without her prince? Rhys Jones, playing the role of Prince Christopher, says ‘I’ve always wanted to take part in a production like this and when I was picked as Prince Christopher, my eyes watered because I almost felt it was a mistake!’. Rhys is one of the many students in the cast who does not study a performance related course. Instead, he is studying Physics, “everyone in the production has been so welcoming and friendly” and Rhys has made many friends through the society.

Looks like there will be lots to see at this production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella which is on from 28 February to 2 March at the New Theatre Royal, Guildhall Walk.

Event details

Date: 28 February – 2 March

Time: 7.30pm (2.30pm Saturday Matinee)

Venue: New Theatre Royal

Tickets: £11-£15 from the New Theatre Royal Box Office or 023 9264 9000

Music by Richard Rodgers
Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
An amateur production by arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe

Producer: Bethan Roscoe
Musical Director: Colin Jagger

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