PANTO stars swapped the theatre aisles for the shopping aisles to spread some extra Christmas cheer in South Tyneside.
A seasonal surprise was in store for shoppers at the Asda supermarket in South Shields on Saturday as the colourful cast of Cinderella took centre stage.
Shoppers were greeted by the Ugly Sisters, Prince Charming, Buttons, Cinderella herself and all their friends for an afternoon of ‘trolley good fun’ to promote the panto perennial now on show at the Customs House.
The fairytale favourites mingled with staff and customers just an hour before treading the boards for the first half of a double performance at the theatre in Mill Dam, South Shields.
The hard-working thespians are halfway through a marathon 70-date stint at the popular culture spot. The curtain was raised on November 28, with the performers not exiting stage left until January 5.
The supermarket was happy to welcome the special guests, who proved a big hit with customers.
While Cinderella Natasha Magee still had her sights set on going to the ball, she was happy to make a deour to the Coronation Street store to start off the day.
Mavis Maughan, community life champion at Asda South Shields, said: “It’s been great having the cast in the store. We are grateful that they could come over and spend time here.
“We are always glad to be able to support our local theatre.”
Luke Maddison, who plays Buttons in the production, is delighted with the response the show has received from residents already.
He said: “We are not even halfway through yet. The reviews have been great so far.
“It’s been really good fun being in the store today, and great to see all the kids.”
Stephen Sullivan, who plays Ugly Sister Constipationi, added: “It’s been fabulous. We’ve been helping the ladies pick out clothing – and scaring the children.
“Everybody has loved the show – particularly the Ugly Sisters,” he joked.
“It’s plenty of family fun. Simon Cowell has already been on the phone wanting us to sing in the X Factor.
“There are still tickets left to come to see the show, which is fabulous fun for young and old.”
The show has a unique South Tyneside twist to a classic story that has been beloved by generations.
Cinderella is on at the Customs House until January 5.
For more information, contact the box office on 454 1234 or visit www.customshouse.co.uk