Slide off your glass slippers and sit down with Cinderella

There is perhaps no more iconic rags to riches tale than that of Cinderella.  From the 17th century Charles Perrault fairytale to Walt Disney’s animated childhood favorite, the Cinderella story has been woven into our collective consciousness as a tale of triumph over hardship, and the power of love above all else. Now the story has been given a fun and humorous twist by Toronto Theatre veteran Ross Petty in Cinderella: the gags to riches family musical, just in time for the holiday season.
In the title role Danielle Wade, star of CBC’s Over the Rainbow and the Mirvish production of The Wizard of Oz, kicked off Dorothy’s red shoes and slid into Cinderella’s glass slippers to sing and dance her heart out in this exquisitely silly production.  Wade will be joined by Jeff Lillico, one of Canada’s most versatile actors and a major player with the big three: Soulpepper, Stratford and Shaw; in his debut with Ross Petty Productions as Cinderella’s handsome love interest, Max Charming. Cleopatra Williams, who has played Mary Delgado in Jersey Boys and appeared in We Will Rock You, and BrynMcAuley play Cinderella’s punk step-sisters, while Dan Chameroy takes on the mantle (and wig) of the most whacked out Fairy Godmother anyone could ever imagine.  And pumpkin-haired favourite Eddie Glen, a glutton for punster-ment, is returning for his 11th Petty production.  Ross Petty himself appears as Cinderella’s nasty stepmother in a scene stealing, over the top funny performance.
I got a chance to chat with Danielle about her career, Cinderella and Dorothy and her best addictions.
How did you get into performing?  Were you singing and dancing as a child or was it a later calling?

My grandmother and aunt Ahmad given me singing lessons as a birthday present when I was 12 or 13. I sang every Disney song ever written. My first play wasn’t until Grade Ten. I played Sandy in Grease at my high school. It was the most fun I had ever had, so I knew I had to do it forever.

Tell me about your experience with Over the Rainbow, what was it like being on a show like that?  And what was your experience like in the actual Wizard of Oz production?

Both Over The Rainbow and Wizard of Oz were absolutely amazing experiences. Things like this don’t happen every day so it was unbelievable that it all did. Everyday I was leaving and growing as a person and performer. The things I took away from both experience can’t really be put into words.

You’ve now played 2 very iconic female characters, Dorothy and Cinderella (albeit in a more humorous way).  What role would you love to play next?

I will play anything! I’d love to do something completely unexpected. Play the villain or something like that. That would be a riot.

If you could be in any play or musical, which would it be? Do you have a dream role that you aspire to?

A part I would really like to play is Bonnie in Bonnie and Clyde. I think the music is awesome and it’s a very interesting take on the Romeo and Juliet storyline.

This question stems from the name of our magazine, Addicted.  We like to highlight people’s positive addictions, the ones that drive and motivate them to enjoy life more or achieve great things. What would you say are your positive addictions?

A positive addiction I have is to my family. I love being surrounded by people who support you and shower you with unconditional love. Being on the road or away from home is always hard for me because I am a bit of a homebody. It’s always nice to know that wherever I am and wherever they are we are thinking about each other.

Stay tuned for our review of Cinderella: Gags to Riches and make sure to check it out during its run at the Elgin Theatre, on now until January 4th, 2015.  Head over to www.rosspetty.com to purchase your tickets today!

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Nadia Elkharadly

Nadia Elkharadly

Nadia Elkharadly is a Toronto based writer with a serious addiction to music. She has never been in a band but plays an awesome air guitar and also the tambourine. Nadia is the co-founder and North American Editor for ADDICTED.
Nadia Elkharadly