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Review: Cast of Cinderella have a real ball

By Andrew Johnston

The Belfast Operatic Company brought their 26th production to the Grand Opera House stage last night with Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella: The Musical.

It was a departure from the company's usual fare, but neither that nor the fact the Christmas-friendly tale was being presented in the middle of May detracted from a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

For an amateur show, it was an elaborate affair, but the company has 54 years' experience to draw on – 27 of them with director Wilfie Pyper at the helm.

From the sumptuous costumes and clever lighting to the appearance of certain guest 'performers', it was clear that a lot of thought and care had gone into proceedings.

The score was superb, as was Colin Scott's musical direction, and the cast stepped up with both their singing and acting.

East Belfast's Alice Johnston handled the title role with class, while Newtownabbey man Samuel Moore, also of the fantastic Kandu Theatre, plied his rich voice as Prince Christopher.

The show runs at the opera house until Saturday.

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