Twist on old favourite with snarky Cinderella

CINDERELLA has been tampered with.

She is no longer the loving, caring princess everyone remembers - even though she looks it from the outside.

She is a cheeky, snarky character.

``And she is really sassy to her step sisters,'' Lucy Pullen said.

Pullen has been cast as Cinderella in Stephen Beckett Productions' Cinderella: A Christmas Pantomime, which opens at the Earl Arts Centre on Friday.

``Cinderella was one of my favourite Disney movies growing up,'' Pullen said.

``It's been really fun being able to play cheeky with Cinderella rather than that stereotype standard nice one.

``One of my favourite lines is when she turns around and blatantly insults one of her step sisters but she has a really nice tone to her voice.''

The Chris Rattray-directed production sticks to the classic Cinderella tale, however Prince Charming is played by a woman, the evil step mother is played by a man and the Fairy Godmother has a sonic screwdriver instead of a wand.

Played out as a pantomime, the show suits both children and adults as there are jokes for both.

Audience participation also plays a big part and people will get to boo, hiss and go ahh in response to signs held up by a reindeer.

Stephen Beckett said pantomimes were very popular in Britain at Christmas time and Cinderella was the most popular.

``Every kid should see at least one pantomime in their life and probably a lot of Launceston kids haven't seen anything like this before,'' he said.

Cinderella: A Christmas Pantomime will run at the Earl Arts Centre until Sunday.

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