REHEARSALS are in full swing for a performance of Cinderella at Ilkley.

Ilkley Amateur Operatic Society’s ‘steampunk’ take on the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical will be shown over four nights at the King’s Hall in March.

The 40-strong cast has members with ages ranging from eight to 80 - with the latter being represented by the Society’s President, Hetley Burnham.

A spokesperson for the group said: “There are many old-stagers, along with some young people and adults who are appearing for the first time.

“If you saw our production of Les Misérables you will be delighted to know that this time love blooms happily for Evie Clark’s Cinderella and Gabriel Jones’ Prince Charming, a love so sadly cut short for their previous incarnations as Marius and Eponine.

“Susan Wilcock, who played Maria in The Sound of Music, shines as a quirky Fairy Godmother – with not a tutu or a wand in sight.

“This production is definitely not a pantomime, featuring humour but no slapstick, and the use of puppets gives it an extra dimension.

“What’s more, it so happens that the storyline features a prince who just wants to be an ordinary person.

“Remind you of anyone?

“The musical’s original 1957 production had Julie Andrews as Cinderella in several yards of satin.

“This time, steampunk is the style and very striking it is too.”

The show is being directed by Mark Allan while John Sandland will be conducting an orchestra of 13 professional musicians with the vocals being boosted by singers in the wings.

The family friendly production will be performed at the King’s Hall from Wednesday, March 11 to Saturday, March 14.

There will be 7.15pm evening performances from Wednesday to Friday with two shows, at 2.30pm and at 6.30pm, on the Saturday.

To book tickets visit or call 07763 816611.