Cinderella will get to the ball – after a trip around Portsmouth

Caitlyn White (13), playing the part of Cinderella, and Kerrie Thirwell (16), playing the part of the evil stepmother, at The News offices
Caitlyn White (13), playing the part of Cinderella, and Kerrie Thirwell (16), playing the part of the evil stepmother, at The News offices
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WITH or without her glass slippers, Cinderella has been showing she’s a real girl about town.

As reported in The News, the Kings Theatre had teamed up with local film-makers to create a short film announcing not only the launch of its panto, but also to show off the city.

The film shows Cinderella getting off the train at Fratton station and taking in some of the city’s highlights before finally making it to the Kings Theatre in Albert Road, Southsea.

Along the way she visits the Spinnaker Tower, HMS Warrior, the Round Tower, the Wedgewood Rooms, Bransbury Skate Park, Southsea Common, Hovertravel and a hairdressers on Albert Road, among others.

She even stopped off at The News’ offices at 1000 Lakeside, North Harbour.

The film received its premiere on the big screen at Fratton Park last night, during Pompey’s home game against Exeter.

Sandra Smith, PR and corporate manager at the theatre, helped organise the day-long shoot and said: ‘It was a lot of fun, but it was hard work.

‘It is to promote the pantomime, but it is also to highlight Portsmouth and its attractions as well.

‘There was a lot of work involved in the day – you can start to see how these big films have so many people involved.’

The film was directed by Sam Mason-Bell as part of the Making Waves film festival, and starred members of the Kings Youth Theatre in the main roles.

Thirteen-year-old Caitlyn White plays Cinderella, while Kerrie Thirwell, 16, plays the evil stepmother.

Cinderella stars James ‘Arg’ Argent from The Only Way Is Essex and singer and actress Anita Harris, as well as Emily Trebicki, Jack Edwards, Phil Randall and Christopher Marlowe.

The panto starts on December 8 and runs until January 3. Tickets are from £8 to £26 depending on the performance. Go to kingsportsmouth.co.uk or call the box office on (023) 9282 8282.