From the Playbill:
Panto is a beloved holiday tradition in England. Based on fairy tales, pantos are vaudeville-style shows that incorporate music and dance, topical and local humor, audience participation, and the outrageous panto dames.
A tremendous thank-you to four extraordinary ladies - Betty Loveless, Lucy Mercer, Joanne Meyer and Cheryl Craig - who had the vision and determination to create this lovely performing venue. Much magic including the proscenium arch is due to the incomparable Steve Coleman. Thanks also to: Cecily Kate Borthwick, Sharon Boucher, College of Marin, Peter Gottschalk, Pamela Johnson at Sonoma State University Costume Shop, Nancy Kelly, Julie LaRosa, Anna Ludlow, Richard Ryan, Carol Selig, Stagecraft, Janna Ullrey, Tim, Vimal, Gilberto and Mario, and the parents of all the kids in the show.
What the Critics Said:
"As Mill Valley garlands itself for the holidays, it is about to receive an early gift in the form of a brand new performing arts theatre right in the heart of downtown. And that's only the packaging. Inside, ticket buyers to the inaugural show will find what promises to be a gender-bending, uproariously wacky English 'panto' style version of 'Cinderella' that its producer, the Marin Shakespeare Company, predicts will spread cheer far and wide."
- Charles Brousse, Marin I.J.
"Marin Shakes' 'Cinderella' is a rollicking good time. When the Marin Shakespeare Company announced it was joining the growing list of purveyors of holiday entertainment, offering a pantomime version of 'Cinderella' at a 'renovated Mill Valley theater,' it promised a raucous, irreverent, but family-friendly show. Happily, that promise has been fulfilled on all counts. In a word, 'Cinderella' is a hoot...To say that Marin Shakespeare's 'Cinderella' is a satire of the popular folk tale is an understatement. There's a bit of everything in this comic broth concocted by British writer Nigel Ellacott: parody, sight gags, female impersonators, outrageous costumes, slapstick, topical jokes (good, bad and truly awful), audience response, singing, dancing - and a light splash of bawdiness that provides zest without offending anyone...Smartly staged by Currier, assisted by musical director Stuart Rabinowitsh and an able design team, it's just the thing to lift one's mood at a time that mood lifting is definitely in order."
- Charles Brousse, Marin I.J.
"Marin Shakespeare's 'Cinderella' is a genuine family treat. Where in Marin can audiences, for the simple act of saying 'Hiya, Buttons!' be showered with candy? Where in Marin are retired folk in the third row and little ones in the first curling up in laughter? At Marin's newest venue, 142 Throckmorton, which is being baptized in style with Marin Shakespeare Company's holiday show, 'Cinderella.' ...MSC's 'Cinderella' is that most unusual of creatures, a family activity that is genuinely fun for all. The simple thrills of sheer jubilance are reawakened in this show, and it doesn't take long to realize that when adult audience members boo the bad guys and cheer the good guys, it isn't for the sake of the kids. It's for their own. Director Robert Currier's Cinderella is no Warner Brothers concoction. It is a panto, a traditional English style of theater that uses dance, song, audience participation and topical humor for a vaudevillian show. And it's got dames. Boy, does it got dames...'Cinderella' works on many levels to achieve simple joys. Parts of it appeal to adults, others to children, some to both...There must be a little bit of magic in this show, when the Fairy Godmother leads the way to Fairyland, where kids can be kids and adults can be too. Hiya, Buttons!"
- Olga Azar, Marin Scope