Away with the fairies
Several fairy godmothers and at least one fairy godfather are understood to be in the city for the October School holidays. Reliable sources say their influx to the Capital has caused a wish granting backlog for people in other parts of the world.
While the movements of these magical godparents remain under wraps Capital Times understands fairy godmothers will soon begin appearing with a young girl called Cinderella at the Gryphon Theatre and Hutt Repertory Theatre, while a fairy godfather is believed to be hovering around Circa Theatre.
At Gryphon a fairy godmother will help a poor country girl battle arrogant co-competitors, runaway shows in high heels and animal allergies to win a beauty show and the man of her dreams. Cinderella: New Zealand’s Best Top Model, is Kapitall Kids’ Theatre’s modern makeover of the classic fairytale, written and directed by Tanya Piejus who was inspired by the TV series New Zealand’s Next Top Model.
In the Hutt Valley a second fairy godmother has been called in to assist another young girl in the Hutt Repertory’s production of Jack Perry and Robert Neil Porter’s musical play Cinderella. This version of the story has all the familiar characters; the stepsisters, a mean stepmother, a handsome prince and of course the fairy godmother. Cinderella herself is joined by faithful dog, Rover, given the power of speech by the fairy godmother.
Things may go less smoothly at Circa Theatre where instead of a fairy godmother a fairy godfather is in charge. In Fairy Godfather by The Improvisors the fairy godfather wants to do what fairy godmothers do, help the fairy tale characters fight dragons and go to balls. But this fairy godmother has a struggle with the “bibbity bobity boo” and must rely on his audience to help save the day.
But if you’re all fairied out, Kidz Stuff Theatre has a no fairy zone in its production of Snow White. Written by Rachel Henry in this version of the German tale Snow White is rescued from the wicked queen by a mole and a beaver who worked with the seven dwarfs on The Hobbit.
And at Capital E popular sheepdog Buck returns for the holidays after a successful tour of the North Island in Around the World and Buck Again.
May you all live happily ever after.
Cinderella: New Zealand’s Best Top Model, Gryphon Theatre, October 2-13.
Cinderella, Hutt Repertory Theatre, October 1-6.
Fairy Godfather, Circa Theatre, October 1-13.
Snow White, 4 Moncrieff Street, September 29 to October 13.
Around the World and Buck Again, McKenzie Theatre, Capital E, September 29 to October 13.