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In character . . . The latest Musical Theatre Oamaru's Children's Theatre production of Cinderella and Rockerfellastars (from left) Eden Gilchrist (11) as Cinderella, Luke Barker (10) as Teaser the dog, and Mya Nicol (11) as Buttons the bellboy. PHOTO: DANIEL BIRCHFIELD

A new all-singing, all-dancing show is being staged next week by Musical Theatre Oamaru’s Children’s Theatre.

Called Cinderella and Rockerfella, it features 21 performers aged 8 to 12.

They have been rehearsing with director Pat Gunn throughout the last school term.

The story is a new version of the all-time favourite about the downtrodden girl who meets the handsome prince in impossible circumstances.

In the Oamaru encounter, the artist formerly known as Prince Charming is giving one live concert in town.

Anticipation and excitement are reaching fever pitch and tickets to both the gig and after-concert ball are selling out.

But poor Cinderella is stuck at home, because her “unkind sisters” (they cannot be called “ugly” these days) have given her too many chores.

Meanwhile, Rockerfella is tired of the celebrity whirl and just wants to be free to live normally and settle down with a nice girl.

Enter the Fairy Godmother and her offsider Fairy Nuff, who must triumph over the dastardly Fairy Nasty Boots to pull off the fairytale ending.

A crew of 12 adults plus numerous parents and theatre stalwarts have combined to kit out, choreograph, and corral the cast. They follow in the footsteps of hugely successful previous shows, where audiences were equally impressed and enchanted by the young entertainers, and awed by the quality of the script and production standards.

The up-beat, witty shenanigans unfold in the Oamaru Repertory Society’s Itchen St Theatre today (Thursday), tomorrow (Friday), and this Saturday – April 27 to 29. There is a 2pm performance each day and a 7.30pm performance on the Friday and Saturday.

Tickets are available at the theatre’s box office from noon to 2pm and from 6.30pm before the evening sessions.