“Cinderella Live” Performances Begin This Weekend with Chris Rankin
The clock is about to strike midnight, and that means Cinderella Live performances are going to begin this weekend. In October, we received the news that Chris Rankin, who was the ambitious Percy Weasley in the Harry Potter films, will be the Fairy Godfather in the world’s first interactive online pantomime experience.
The first performance will be broadcast live on December 18, and there will be various performances until December 24. Tickets on the United States and Canada site begin at $24.97 for a standard ticket and offers group rates and gift packs.
This truly is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Panto Live, the United Kingdom-based production company behind Cinderella Live, will be substituting traditional theater stage scenery with 3D worlds in real time created by Unreal Engine. This technology has taken film by storm and has proven its capabilities within Hollywood productions. This is the visual effects company that aided in 3D environments for The Mandalorian, so we’re setting our expectations high. Cinderella Live producer Ben McNeill had the vision to make this an immersive and spectacular experience.
From the very beginning, we set out to produce a pantomime that will make use of the best technology available. We have seen plenty of live events with static and lifeless backgrounds, making the watching experience less immersive and enjoyable – they are becoming a thing of the past. Cinderella Live will use animated and vibrant settings, re[-]creating the interactivity of traditional pantomimes whilst, of course, keeping safe this Christmas season.
Using real-time sets is only one of the unique features Panto Live will be utilizing for this. Production will also allow the audiences at home to influence the performance by interacting with the characters through virtual buttons on the screen. Select audience members will be able to participate in the live performance through their webcam!. Director Charlotte Peters is excited about the use of this interactive technology.
Being the first theatrical venture to use Unreal Engine has been so exciting. This, coupled with the ability for our viewers to interact with the production by clicking and tapping reactions, which we in the studio can hear and respond to, feels like we are further pushing the technological boundaries to return the joy to 2020.
We all know that this is a sad time currently for many actors and other key people in the creative workforce industry, so Cinderella Live is working to create new means to give back and support theater and the television industry. This production is partnering with the Film and TV Charity and the Actors’ Children’s Trust to support UK-based creatives affected by the pandemic.
It looks like we’re about to be visited by the lovely Fairy Godfather himself! Check out Chris Rankin’s invitation to all to enjoy this amazing experience.
🔮 The Fairy Godfather has come to visit you…and what does he have to say? 💫
🌙 Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity! 👏
🎯 Fully interactive, with captivating sets, fascinating costumes and an incredible cast 🎭
— Panto Live (@PantoLiveTV) December 14, 2020
If you’re unable to make any of the live performances, don’t pull out your Time-Turner just yet – you’ll be able to watch on-demand beginning in January 2021. This is such an exciting opportunity and a cozy way to spend Christmas Eve. Will you be getting your ticket for these once-in-a-lifetime performances? Let us know!