It’s the most magical time of the year, when everyone is cross-dressing and hurling custard pies; of course, we mean it’s panto season again. LA Media was back filming another panto commercial for the Glasgow King’s Theatre‘s 2016 magical production of Cinderella.

Video by LA Media ‘ Gregor Fisher & Tony Roper as the Ugly Sisters ‘ 

The theme this season was a parody of the popular Channel 4 TV show ‘First Dates‘, which saw Prince Charming’s date with Cinderella gate-crashed by the two beautiful (Oh no they’re not!) ugly sisters, who made some absurd claims to be the fairest in the land. Luckily it all worked in the end and true love prevailed with help of her Fairy Godmother.

This year we had a lot of fun filming with the two ugly sisters Gregor Fisher (Rab C Nesbitt, Naked Video) and Tony Roper (Rab C Nesbitt, The Steamie). They were also joined by a host of other magical characters which included: King’s Panto favourite Des Clarke (Capital FM) as Buttons, River City’s Gary Lamont as Dandini,  Elaine MacKenzie Ellis (Rab C Nesbitt, Me Too) as the Fairy Godmother, Josh Tevendale (Avenue Q) as Prince Charming and Gillian Ford as the stunning Cinderella.

 

Cinderella - Des Clarke as Buttons

Image by LA Media ‘Des Clarke as Buttons’  

We were filming in narrative form, which was good for helping the actors to follow the action of the storyline. We used a Canon 5D Mark2, an oldie but a goodie. Although you trade off the bit-rate, it has a full-size sensor, which means it can handle colours much better: useful on such a colourful production!

 

Cinderella - Fairy Godmother & Cast

Image by LA Media ‘Gary Lamont as Dandini  &  Elaine MacKenzie Ellis as Fairy Godmother’

This was a really fast paced shoot and was completed in under four hours; everyone really played their part to perfection. The cast was awesome and knew their lines spot on, so no gag reels here. The support shown by the King’s Theatre Production company was amazing but we’d also like to give a big thank you to Eve Alexander and her team for all their help. They all came together to make our production a really enjoyable one.

The support shown by the King’s Theatre Production company was amazing but we’d also like to give a big thank you to Eve Alexander and her team for all their help. They all came together to make our production a really enjoyable one.

Gillian Ford as Cinderella

Image by LA Media ‘ Gillian Ford as Cinderella ‘ 

If you have little ones this would be the perfect show to take them along to! Glasgow has a rich history of top quality panto and this year’s production of Cinderella won’t disappoint.

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