the new cinderella
By Ruwanthi Herat Gunaratne
At school and at the disco, Angela (a modern day
Cinderella) desperately wants to be accepted as part of 'the gang'.
Following her Godfather's advice, she
turns up at the disco on a Friday night and bowls the crowd over.
The DJ Tazz, a popular Romeo falls for her and sweeps her off her
feet much to the consternation of his girlfriend Bev. Annoyed at
the way things are moving, Bev in turn courts the nerdy Burker.
Though a modernised
version of Cinderella, Rockafella has all the elements that made
the fairy tale such a hit. A fairy godmother in the place of a godfather,
his two hilarious sidekicks and Angela's loving yet protective parents
all add humour to the play.
world of discos and TV, the Cinderella story seems a bit old hat,"
smiles director Clare de Silva, "but given not the traditional
fairy godmother but a fairy godfather - things start to sparkle."
of the musical Rockafella and Speaking and Moving with the Juniors
by the students of Claire de Silva will go on the boards at the
Bishops College auditorium on August 2 and 3 at 7.00 p.m.
Asked why she
chose this particular piece, Mrs. de Silva says, "It's a fun
play and perfectly suited the students, as it is a high school drama.
The seventies style clothing and the disco atmosphere is sure to
appeal to any audience. The music handled by Mrs. Beatrice Devasagayam
adds much to the play."
The role of
Angela is played by Niveen Rajabdeen whilst Tazz is played by Dulika
Jayamaha. Others in the cast include Aravinda Page (Burker), Anjuli
Page (Bev) and Naresh de Silva in the role of a wonderfully different
Godfather, true to form in a trench coat and dark glasses!
thespians have had the time of their life in preparing for the play
for which the foundation was laid in January this year. "The
roles are great," they chorus enthusiastically, "It's
easy to identify with the characters!"
swapped our true personalities," laughs Bev, "I'm nothing
like what I portray! We've stepped into each others shoes just for
will be handled by Minuka de Silva while the costumes are by Jo
Jo de Silva. Rockafella will provide only half of the evening's
entertainment which will also include "Singing and Moving with
the Juniors". Students of Mrs. de Silva aged five to 12 will
present a few items of choral speech, which will include old favourites
such as "The Owl and Pussycat".
of the play which is sponsored by Sun FM and Dynavision are for
the Orthodontic Clinic and Dental Lab of the Lady Ridgeway Hospital.
"The play is a celebration of these students' inborn ability
in speech. It seemed ideal for the proceeds to go to the betterment
of people for whom speech disabilities hamper progress," Ms.
de Silva explains.