The Frailes Players’ big night arrived recently as Cinderella came to the stage (Oh no she
didn’t. Oh yes she did!) and the spotlight shone on this first endeavour by a group of people
showcasing their talent in the best traditions of a pantomime.
Playing to a sell-out audience over two nights, the theatre in Hondón de los Frailes rang with
the traditional cheers for the goodies, boos for the baddies and the ever popular phrases
‘He’s behind you’ and Oh no I didn’t’, ‘Oh yes you did’ in a show full of audience
participation.
Who knew that so much hidden talent was to be found, the scenery, costumes, make-up,
sound, lighting plus importantly, the music, were of a very high standard and it was
apparent that everyone involved was thoroughly enjoying themselves. The audience
laughed at the ‘Shifty Scene Shifters’ who broke the mould by sometimes working their
magic in full view of the audience. Buttons, played by Janni Menday, had a wonderful young
sidekick, Bows played by Scottie, a young lad who has a great future in acting.
Young children from the local school were the stars of the night as they became a wonderful
cast of Fairies, Woodland Creatures and Stars. Denise Watson as Cinderella charmed her
audience as well as her Prince Charming played by Kim Vance.
The Prince was ably assisted by his valet, Dandini, played by Barbara Colclough and to round
up the Palace crew was the Herald played by George Rushton.
Now for the baddies, one had to feel sorry for Baron Hardup (Paul Menday), his was a tough
row to hoe, short of cash and with a terrible taste in women, he married the proverbial
Stepmother, (Tim Kay) who decided that her Really Ugly Daughters, Benidormia (Jim
Gallamore and Magaloofia (Len Simm) were going to rule the roost in future and the only
place for poor Cinderella was as a down-trodden slavey.
True to the best Panto tradition, in steps the Fairy Godmother, (Carol Rowland) to save the
day and with the help of her Fairies, gets Cinders to the ball after a miraculous change of
dress and the transformation of a giant pumpkin and mice into a coach and horses. The
story then followed through, the slipper was lost, found, tried on the Ugly Sisters (and boy
were they ugly!) and at last, Cinderella emerges triumphant to marry her Prince.
A wonderful evening all round with grateful thanks to the Director, Martyn Rissen, the
Producer, Carol Rowland and all the wonderful cast, both front of stage and those behind
the scenes. But of course none of this would have been possible without the wonderful
cooperation of the Hondon de los Frailes Ayuntamiento and especially Victor.