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John Rich, inventor of the Harlequinade, was the first to describe a play as a pantomime. With a wave of the wand Cinderella is transformed too, and then Pedro as well. Cinderella appears, accompanied by Pedro and the page. The clock strikes twelve and Cinderella flees, losing one of the glass slippers. He was a performer and founder of Covent Garden Theatre. The little page fondles Cinderella, a sign of love twining himself around her heart. The first Cinderella stage production was in 1804, though the first real pantomime treatment was not until 1864. In 1948 alone, there were 37 different Cinderella productions in England. Performed at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane 24 December 1803. [Cast: The Prince, Cupid, Hymen, Page, Pedro; Venus, the Graces, Cinderella, Two Sisters, Fairy. The Immortals sing praises to Venus, who announces her plan. Application submitted to the Lord Chamberlain 17 Dec. The play, a ballet, alternates miming dance with music in the form of recitatives, arias, and choruses. The Prince appears and the immortals entertain him with a dance while Cupid fixes an arrow in his heart. [Brown did an enormous amount of writing on the London stage. He sees Cinderella and Cupid fixes an arrow in his heart. Pedro brings the pumpkin, mice, and lizards that become the transport and entourage to the ball. Ida, where Venus, Cupid, and the Nymph sing of their triumph. Hunters with a large buck slung on their shoulders, Prince Felix, and his tutor Bigwiggo enter, unpack their hamper and have a picnic. As he approaches Cinderella and looks under her hood he starts back in astonishment. Pantomime works frequently cite his scholarly interest in the genre, but I have not yet been able to identify specific works by Brown devoted to the subject.] [The first mention of Cinderella occurs in Chapter VI, which focuses on Joseph Grimaldi. A grand dress descends from the clouds and fixes on Pedro. The Palace Ballroom, with splendid banquet and music. As they do so the Prince comes with the slipper, various candidates try it on, for ludicrous effect. The Prince looks into her face lovingly and the slipper fits. The Nymph enters, Hymen attends with his torch, and the Prince and Cinderella kneel at the altar and are made happy. The application for permission to perform is registered with the Lord Chamberlain by John Fawcett 20 March 1820, with performance at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, beginning 22 March 1820. Finetta the godmother appears, and tells "Moth and gaudy Fly" to fetch the pumpkin, trap with dappled mice, the sleek , fat, "old grey whisker'd Rat" in the barn, "six dainty Lizards green," and changes Cinderella's dress for the ball, with glass slippers to crown all. Finetta warns Cinderella about the midnight deadline when she must "be at home." Sc. The Prince prefers bumpers of wine to logarithms and double equations. Fairy Serena appears instantly, and with three wand waves transforms Cinderella's garb. A previous acquaintance with the subject is needful for the thorough enjoyment of pantomimic action, though the rule has not always been acted upon either in ancient or modern times, and in some instances been mistaken altogether. The sisters taunt her, but Cinderella can scarcely conceal her joy. The script is available on Readex Fiche, without musical score.]Cinderella: A Pantomime: An accurate description of the grand allegorical pantomimic spectacle of Cinderella, as performed at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane; to which is added, A critique on the performance and performers by a lover of the drama, together with the story of Cinderella. Serious pantomimes were once as frequent as comic; and it is recorded that they were occasionally found so pathetic that both actors and audiences were equally affected. She produces the other slipper, hugs it, and sings an "Air." Sc. The Prince anxiously awaits in hope that the right woman will appear.
I am greatly endebted to this source, for information regarding 19th-century American pantomime productions and also musicals in the early 20th-century.] [Besides entries A-Z on all matters pertaining to pantomime, from actors, authors, theatres, and staging matters to roles and types, the encyclopedia includes essays by John Morley on "How to Write a Pantomime," "Pantomime Today," and (with Roy Hudd and Jack Tripp) "The Pantomime Performer." Also includes a chronology, bibliography, and an amusing collection of "Quotations about Pantomime" such as G. Shaw's "A child who has never seen a pantomime, or an adult who has never seen a play, is a public danger."] [Provides a psychoanalytical reading of a typical pantomime Cinderella plot. "In former days she was immense of bosom and magnificent of thigh which she slapped like a thunder-clap before singing a popular song in a powerful contralto voice. Disher discusses the styles of various harlequins and pantomime actors from Grimaldi to Charlie Chaplin. In a quartet the sisters scorn her and Cinderella pities and feeds her. " The chorus picks up the last two lines to end the opera.]. Pedro supplies the pumpkin, mice in a trice, and lizards. Lists the dates when “Harlequin and Cinderella” or “Cinderella; or, the Fairy and the Little Glass Slipper” were performed by different theatre companies and includes audiences responses through letters and reviews. Alidoro appears, announces the Prince and the bride search. The Prince, presumably in disguise, in recitative explains his visit (his friend has informed him that he will find his bride in this house); he meets Cinderella. Venus role in the Drury Lane production brought together ballet and melodrama, as it included a ballet of Loves and Graces on the island of Cytherea (303). Mountain), Nymph commissioned by Venus (Miss Tyrer), The Graces (Miss B. Midnight comes, but Love moves the clock's hands backward, as if to give them another hour. "It is perhaps one of the happiest tales that possibly could be selected to instruct and amuse the rising generation. / Here Cinderella this prize shall win / And in Wedlock's bonds be join'd with Harlequin."] The Music composed by Rossini containing choice selections from his operas of Cenerentola, Armida, Maometto 2do, and Guillaume Tell. Grieve and Finley: The Whole arranged and adapted to the English Stage by and Produced under the direction of M. Performed for the first time at the Theatre Royal Covent Garden, Tuesday, 13 April 1830. This version was frequently performed in America in the 1840s. Cawse); Hunters, attendants, pages, grandees, visitors, Tyrolese Dancers, Sylphs, and Fairies. Cinderella sings repeatedly her "Once a King there chanc'd to be" song, to the objection of the sisters. ) Tyrolese dances by Mesdames Vedy, Bedfore, and Mr. Presumably the plot is now following Perrault's glass slipper scenario, perhaps through mime? Cinderella sings her song again, now with words defying sorrow: "Now with grief no longer bending / Shall my heart neglected sigh! She is ordered to help them and they all call her to help them at once. The Baron plays fiddle so that the sisters can practice. After the Baron and sisters leave for the ball Cinderella stirs the fire. The Prince sings "Will a Monkey." Bigwiggo introduces representatives of various countries. 7: The Ball-Room in the Prince's Palace Looking out upon the Grounds. They dance, then sit to watch a Terpsichorean game at cards that ends with a remarkable shuffle. In 1807, Covent Garden performed Rossini’s “Cenerentola” as “Cinderella, or the Fairy and the Little Glass Slipper.” When Drury Lane burned down, the company moved to the Lyceum and performed a Cinderella pantomime there as well. Pedro's watch shows midnight, however, and he's worried. Her dress changes, Pedro's dress flies off too, and he "commits many laughable blunders by jumping over the tables etc." (p. The Prince finds the slipper, kisses it, and places it against his bosom. Too much cannot be said, where the morals are kept in view, and virtue held forth in such fascinating colours. The Fairy Queen appears as a beggar asking for charity. Albert, with men's and women's choruses about joy and the swift flight of time, and a full chorus on how they will praise the evening when they return home to "our native mountains." The Prince and Cinderella sing a duet from . The next item in the libretto is the chorus hailing Cinderella as Queen. / Like the lightning swiftly ending, / Sorrow's clouds for ever fly! First performed at the Royal Strand Theater on Wednesday, 26 December 1860. The poker, tongs and shovel come to life and dance to "The Song of the Tongs." Goody-Goody appears. Little elves dress Cinderella from top to toe and with glass slippers. Midnight arrives and Cinderella and Pedro appear in their old attire. There are numerous illustrations and photographs of various harlequins throughout the history of theatre.] (1860 at the Royal Strand) the sisters came into full ugliness and Buttoni makes his first appearance. Clorinda and Thisbe become increasingly abusive of Cinderella. The Baron awakens to the commotion, disclaiming the noisy daughters, and tells, as in , his dream of the ascending Jack-ass. In Rossini's duet they question each other and fall in love. Presumably, the people have in the meantime arrived at the Grand Ball. In 1895, at Drury Lane, Cinderella set out to the Ball in an "automotor carriage encrusted with incandescent jewels." In 1883-84 her slippers are made of "toughened glass." Frow discusses uses of advertising in pantomimes and popular songs, sex, domestic animals, and spectacular devices to attract audiences. Presumably Dandini disguised as the Prince extends the invitation to the ball. In a "Dialogued Quartett" the sisters flirt with Dandini, thinking he is the Prince, and Dandini reveals to the Baron his valet status. Cinderella longs for the impossible ideal figured in Principal Boy (both mother and father figure) and cannot appreciate Buttons, who loves her and "is the only human being in this galaxy of Panto mortals and immortals. He is the one who makes contact with the children in the audience so that they sing together, shout slogans together, laugh and cry together. [Summary: Venus and her court relax to music on Mt. In an outburst of delight Venus greets Cupid who affirms that they have captured the Prince in a silver net. The Nymph appears and transforms her with the touch of a wand. A subdued trumpet call brings the butterflies together for the Grand Butterfly Ballet. Baron Blunderboar appears, lamenting his poverty and sings his "Song of Misery." The Prince offers tickets to the ball. The Baron announces the ball, hoping to solve the family woes by marrying off either Salprunella or Blousabella. So does Honeydew, who, after the others leave, transforms Cinderella into her ball apparel. The royals are aghast, but the Prince says he will keep his word. The curtain falls on a grand tableaux of Sleeping Beauty and Prince Fortune surrounded by Fairies.], by T. The Prince starts up from bed and seeks frantically the beautiful figure that possesses his heart. Pedro brings Cinderella food after they leave for the ball. The scene ends with Harmonia singing "I never was meant for the sea." Sc. The Butterflies praise Cinder, who defended even her mean sister Clo. Flunkini inquires into the case, marvelling at the Prince's rapture. The Ugly sisters demand breakfast, which they can't have because Sambo has eaten most of the supplies. Trumpets sound and Dromio and the guards enter with Cinderella in her old cloak and hood. Music plays and a procession appears, with Little Red Riding Hood, Beauty and the Beast, Hop-o'-my thumb, Puss in Boots, Blue Beard and his seven wives.