Borderline Players take to the stage of the brand new multi-million euro Termon Centre in Pettigo this Friday and Saturday with their spectactular fairtytale panto, Cinderella.
It’s an eagerly anticipated event, not only because Bordeline have a great reputation for always delivering top quality, hugely entertaining shows, but becausde it’s the very first occasion at the landmark new centre, which won’t have it’s official opening until later this year.
The show, one of the group’s most ambitious to date, involves nearly 100 people in all - on stage, back stage, front of house and helping with all the many production details that are essential for theatre on such a grand scale.
Borderline Players Chairperson and Cinderella Director, Siobhan O’Brien explained that this pantomime while being one of the most technically challenging is also perhaps the group’s funniest to date. Written by Paul Reakes, Siobhan said that the script is very up to date in terms of its humour and will allow the cast to add lots of topical local references that are sure to have the audience in stitches. Cinderella comes 13 years after the group’s very first outing with Little Jack Horner in May 2001 and they want to ensure that their first performance in the new Termon Complex is particularly memorable for local audiences.
Liz Smith brings as a very sweet-natured Cinderella to life while Killian McGloin is the dashing Prince Charming, who, following an unfortunate series of events takes on a whole new persona. The dynamic duo of Joe Walsh and Terry O’Connell cause chaos from start to finish and make life miserable for Cinders as the Ugly Stepsisters, Mattie and Hattie, while fellow Borderline stalwart Frances Mc Gloin is devilish as the stepmother from hell, Baroness Beaujolais. A newcomer to the cast, Liam McCauley is perfectly cast as the brow-beaten but quick-witted Baron.
No pantomime would be complete without a villain or three, and in his second role, Aiden Gilroy is menacing as the evil Duke of Verucca who seeks control of the Kingdom of Pantomania, alongside his long-lost nephew, the nice-but-dim Archie played by regular Donal Monaghan, and cowardly hench-women, Nip & Tuck aka Geraldine Britton and Nicole Beaumont.
Cinders does find some support though in the shape of best friend Buttons, played by another Borderline newcomer, Belleek’s Dean McGarrigle, and servant-girl Kathy portrayed by Amy Britton. Borderline favourite Teresa McLoughlin will weave a magic wand on the story as Cinders’ fairygodmother and audiences should prepare themselves for a very exciting transformation scene.
Borderline Players would like to thank the staff and directors of ADoPT for their continued support. The group would also like to welcome Katherine Williams who has recently been appointed as the manager of the Termon Complex. Audiences will have an opportunity to explore the new facilities on the evening of the performance.
The curtain rises at 8pm on Friday and 8.30pm on Saturdady, with the cast available for photos from 7pm on both nights.
Booking is not essential but is advised. Tickets are now available on linen seen www.facebook.com/borderlineplayers for details.