Rothesay pupils’ Christmas musical is a hit

Five Rapping Mice give advice to DJ Matt Vinyl (right) as he wonders how to get back in touch with Cinderella Jones on the first night of Rothesay Primary's Christmas musical.

Five Rapping Mice give advice to DJ Matt Vinyl (right) as he wonders how to get back in touch with Cinderella Jones on the first night of Rothesay Primary's Christmas musical.

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Pupils at Rothesay Primary wowed a capacity audience on Wednesday at the first performance of their 2012 Christmas musical - Cinderella Jones.

With Beth Swan in the title role, Cinderella Jones, written by James Rae and Mike Cornick, puts a modern twist on the classic fairytale, adding plenty of toe-tapping tunes to the mix.

The cast also featured Cooper McEwan as Surfin’ Sam, Jenna Myler and Nicola Graham as the ugly sisters Maggie and Geri, Elizabeth Harley and Abigail Clifford as the two fairy godmothers (masquerading as double-glazing salesmen) and CJ McMillan as Matt Vinyl, the DJ whose head is turned after a dance with Cinderella, supported by Scott Harvey and Kyle Menzies as Spin and Dex and Aerin McNeil as the patio-door-turned-chauffeur.

Add in the backing Squee-Gees and the superb Rapping Mice, plus the fantastic singing of the pupil chorus and music from the Rothesay Academy band, and the end result was a great evening’s entertainment enjoyed by everyone who saw it.

Wednesday’s performance ended with a presentation to teacher Mary Spencer, who is retiring in the new year but who first brought the Cinderella Jones story to the school eight years ago - and a rendition by the whole school (plus audience) of the hit song Sing, written by Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber to mark the Queen’s diamond jubilee earlier this year.

The second and final performance of Cinderella Jones takes place tonight (Thursday) at Rothesay Joint Campus, where the doors open at 6.45pm.