Cinderella takes to the city streets to celebrate panto

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IT’S only August but members of the Kings Theatre can’t contain their excitement for their upcoming Christmas pantomime, Cinderella.

Yesterday members of the youth theatre group were out and about in Portsmouth making a 90-second promo video of Cinderella running through well-known places in the city.

Caitlyn White, 13, left, playing the part of Cinderella and Kerrie Thirwell, 16, playing the part of the evil stepmother, at The News offices at 1000 Lakeside ''Picture: Sarah Standing (151413-4150)

Caitlyn White, 13, left, playing the part of Cinderella and Kerrie Thirwell, 16, playing the part of the evil stepmother, at The News offices at 1000 Lakeside ''Picture: Sarah Standing (151413-4150)

Sandra Smith, PR and corporate manager from the Kings in Southsea, organised the filming of the video, which will be shown in the theatre before the pantomime.

It features Cinderella arriving at Fratton Station and wondering how to get to the Kings.

Sandra also hopes to get the video shown on the big screen in Guildhall Square.

She said: ‘We know that quite a lot of our people who come to the Kings Theatre, if they have to take the train, get out at Fratton Station.’

Not only did Cinderella visit the Spinnaker Tower, the HMS Warrior, the Round Tower, Wedgewood Rooms, Bransbury Skate Park, Southsea Common, Hovertravel, a hairdressers on Albert Road and more, she also wandered through The News offices at 1000 Lakeside.

It’s not every day that the people of Portsmouth witness Cinderella running down the streets.

‘It’s been really funny, particularly the reaction of people,’ said Sandra.

Sandra wanted to highlight the city and its main attractions before the character eventually arrives at the Kings at the end of the video.

Caitlyn White, who stars in the clip is only 13 years old, and she was accompanied by Kerrie Thirwell, 16, playing the evil stepmother.

‘They’re not the real actors because they’re not available, but we’re using some local actors and some of the Kings Youth Theatre members,’ said Sandra.

‘They’re doing very well and they’re loving it.

Even though it’s still summer, Sandra wants to give families something to look forward to this Christmas at the Kings Theatre.

Sandra added: ‘Cinderella is one of the most popular pantomimes and we will have ponies and a beautiful carriage and a beautiful cast.’

The production starts on December 8 and will continue into January.