Review: Cinderella

Cinderella; 7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; $20-$40. Sacramento Theatre Company Main Stage, 1419 H Street; (916) 443-6722; Through December 27.
Rated 4.0

Cinderella is home for the holidays—not the first time this British panto musical has returned since its inception in 2000. In this production, Cinderella is a hometown gal —first conceived and delivered here via the Sacramento Theatre Company with words and lyrics by Kate Hawley and music by composer Gregg Coffin.

This bawdy, ballsy adaptation of the shoeless lass fairy tale has made a couple of return visits over the years, though it’s been six years since STC last staged it as its holiday play.

Not much has changed with this year’s production. It’s still a fun, naughty-and-nice mashup that appeals to both kids and adults. It still has the scene-stealers including gender-bending Evil Stepmother Mrs. Baden-Rotten (a magnetic, magnificent Michael RJ Campbell), brassy stepsisters (the very funny team of Tara Sissom and Alexandra Ralph), the Good Fairy (the sassy Miranda D. Lawson), and the narrator Buttons (Ryan Blanning).

In addition, there’s a three-piece live band, plenty of chances for audience participation (including Prince Charming running up the aisles trying the slipper on giggling girls), and extra characters such as a marauding bear and the prince’s wingman Knickers. There’s also a guest appearance by Bo Peep and her naughty sheep. And of course, Cinderella herself, complete with a beautiful gown and tiara. Fun for all.