Cinderella single work   musical theatre   pantomime   fantasy  
Issue Details: First known date: 1920 1920
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The second Grand Christmas Pantomime produced by John N. McCallum at the Cremorne Garden Theatre, Cinderella again utilised the talents of his Town Topics variety company (under the direction of Elton Black). Concerning the story line, the Brisbane Courier critic records that 'following modern tendencies, which have almost developed into an accepted tradition, the plot was, of course, more apparent than real. There were sufficient incidents in the action, however, to make the story intelligible to young and old' (18 December 1920, p.7).

The same critic reports that the singing was a feature of the production, as it was 'not often that a pantomime was fortunate enough to secure interpretation by vocalists - to use the word in its true sense' (p.7). One of the songs known to have been written or incorporated into the pantomime was 'The Gypsy Warned Me' (sung by Elton Black).

Production Details

  • 1920: Cremorne Garden Theatre, Brisbane, 17 December 1920 - 13 January 1921.

    • Director Elton Black; Producer/Proprietor John N. McCallum (Dandies Qld Ltd); Music Director Fred Whaite; Scenic Art Selwyn Armstrong.
    • Troupe Town Topics Company.
    • Cast *incl. Elton Black (Baroness Phanackaphan), Clarice Hardwicke (Prince Casmir), Alice Bennetto (Cinderella), Arthur Aldridge (Dandini), Gladys Raines (Duke of Stanthorpe), Nell Fleming (Duke of Muckadillah), Charles Albert (Baron Phanackaphan), Fred Reade (Ermintrude), Sydney Jones (Pansy), Billy Maloney (Sammy), Claire Lloyd (Polly), Howard Hall (John/Father Christmas), M. Goldhill (James), Lou Vernon (Bailiff Sniff), Myrtle Power (Fairy Queen), Jean Keith (Spirit of the Flowers), Mollie Asher (Spirit of the Butterflies), Jan Caryll (Spirit of the Forest), Bernice Berg.
    • A second edition of the pantomime was produced from 8 January.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

'Cinderella' at Cremorne 1920 single work review
— Appears in: The Brisbane Courier , 18 December 1920; (p. 7)

— Review of Cinderella Elton Black 1920 single work musical theatre
'Cinderella' at Cremorne 1920 single work review
— Appears in: The Brisbane Courier , 18 December 1920; (p. 7)

— Review of Cinderella Elton Black 1920 single work musical theatre

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Note:
This entry has been sourced from research undertaken by Dr Clay Djubal into Australian-written popular music theatre (ca. 1850-1930). See also the Australian Variety Theatre Archive
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