Ross Petty does it again. This year’s holiday tradition brings about yet another satirical classic just in time for the holidays. Cinderella, The Gags to Riches Family Musical! presented by Ross Petty Productions adapts the traditional French folk-tale with an ever-engaging, predominant twist. The production features Canada’s darling, Danielle Wade in the title role of Cinderella attempting to earn her keep after Revolta’s (Ross Petty) takeover of Toronto. The show is utterly entertaining with ongoing comedic relief – a perfect holiday production that will warm and amuse your hearts.
Using popular and known musical hits, writer Reid Janisse parodies a wide selection of recognizable numbers that families and adults will shuffle along with. A great deal of the production’s success stems from its ability to reach a family audience while making consistent quips that adults will chuckle at. Although some of the humour may have pushed boundaries in terms of being child-appropriate, the parody completely distinguishes the show as an ever-comedic farce. The characters are clever, nasty and fun – a perfect collaboration of everything you would expect from seeing a show of such satirical caliber.
All performers from title roles, supporting characters and the ensemble deliver throughout. The production’s main perk, of course, revolves around Ross Petty’s portrayal of the predominately evil antagonist who sets out to wreak havoc – all while having a good time, nonetheless. Equally as engaging as Petty’s performance is that of Dan Chameroy, playing the spin-off fairy godmother Plumbum. Danielle Wade continues to win over our hearts, just as Jeff Lillico takes over our eyes in the princely role of Max Charming. Everything from the vocals to the choreography and orchestra were spot on; you can’t go wrong.
The scenic design is glamourous. Costume and Set Designer, Michael Gianfrancesco brings together a variety of multifunctional pieces that float, travel, and fly amidst the stage. The costumes are entirely amusing. The colours and wide array of prints place accurate mockery on many of the characters. Projection Designers Beth Kates and Ben Chaisson bring Cinderella into the twenty-first century with their whimsical videography and quirky, imaginative images. The scenery and projections work perfectly to complement the other, creating this fanciful, yet modern Toronto – a parallelism like none other. Everything about this production is magical; it is a pure spectacle that only the enchanting nature of theatre can create.
Cinderella, The Gags to Riches Family Musical! plays at the Elgin Theatre until Jan. 4. For tickets and more information, visit http://www.rosspetty.com.