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Shaking up the world of fairytales
Have you ever stopped to think the storybook and cinema princesses we have grow up loving have been portrayed as male dominated, soppy weaklings? Well Disenchanted reveals the gumption, independence and sass these princesses really possess, as they toss off their tiaras and set the records straight.
After multiple sold out seasons across America and around the world, Grey Lantern Productions presents this hilarious hit Off Broadway musical at the Subiaco Arts Centre from 10-19 October.
You don't want to mess with Snow White (wonderfully played by Cassie Skinner) she is one feisty lady. She whips her entourage of princesses into line, running a tight ship, as they share their lamentations and indignation at the portrayal of them as women whose one aim and satisfaction is to woo a suitable man to make their lives complete. But nothing could be further from the truth. Throwing the stereotypical idea of a princess out the window, with great humour, these ladies declare they are independent and sassy women who can do very well on their own, thank you very much.
Snow White (Cassie Skinner), Cinderella (Georgia McGivern) and Sleeping Beauty (Imogen Rabbitte)
Sure Cinderella (hilariously played by Georgia McGivern) is blonde and dizzy but she exudes passion and enthusiasm. She can fill a room (or theatre) with laughter and joy, and we need more women like her. Sleeping Beauty (played by Imogen Rabbitte) has a timely message about the pressure of the media on body image and fashion with her song "Perfect", declaring we are all perfect in our own way.
Living with the regret of giving up her underwater world, family and mermaid-ness The Little Mermaid (played by Jess Lally who also plays the role of Rapunzel) became a rather comical drunk, but who can blame her for drowning her sorrows with the bottle? Poor Belle (played by Sharon Kiely) struggles with the consequences of talking to inanimate objects like tea cups and clocks which would be enough to drive anyone insane. It turns out not all female protagonists are looking for their Prince Charming, Mulan (played by Andrea Lim) would prefer a princess herself.
Discarding the stereotype that the commercial femme fatale has to be 'white' the Princess Who Kissed the Frog (played by Delicia Cooper) is a beautiful and strong African American woman. Again Pochahontas (played by Therese Cruise who also plays Badroulbador ) is not happy that history was twisted to make her story fit commercially for Hollywood.
You don't want to mess with Snow White, she is one feisty lady
Director Lorna Mackie describes Disenchanted as a "sassy, fun-filled feminist romp that I am delighted to bring to Perth. Grey Lantern has a strong track record of producing awesome, fun and feminist shows that presents messages in an accessible manner, and this is no exception. I am beyond proud of my sassy cast of queens, and can't wait to share DIS with Perth audiences!"