The fourth wall gets a battering when the tried-and-tested tale of a girl and her glass slipper hits the stage at Resorts World Sentosa starting this month.
The classic Cinderella story goes through a fresh retelling, as an inquisitive reporter, perched at his desk on stage, takes the audience through the events that unfold.
Belgian production company Music Hall has teamed up with Resorts World Sentosa again for Cinderella: A Fairly True Story, a modern twist on the fairy tale that has been two years in the making. Last year, they breathed life into another beloved tale, Peter Pan.
Belgian actor Nordin de Moor, 30, who plays the reporter in Cinderella, says: "It's a very interesting role because I'm the only one who may talk to the person in the audience. There are no boundaries for me."
The idea was to present the familiar story through the eyes of an observer, says producer and artistic director Geert Allaert.
BOOK IT /CINDERELLA: A FAIRLY TRUE STORY
WHERE: Resorts World Theatre, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa
WHEN: Dec 10 to Jan 4, 7pm (Thursday), 2 and 7pm (Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday). No show on Tuesday and Wednesday
ADMISSION: $78 to $168 from Sistic
"The role of the reporter is sometimes neutral and objective, sometimes involved and subjective, but always from a distance. This type of storytelling appeals to all ages. It is objective and sometimes cynical for the sceptical adult and it remains fairy tale-like for those who are young at heart."
By turns witty and contemplative, Allaert, who has a host of productions under his belt - among them versions of classic musicals Cats and Les Miserables - says he wanted the show to resonate not just with young children, but also with families as a whole.
"We wanted to retain the idea that fairy tales are forms of historical culture handed down within communities and families, from one generation to the next."
And the 90-minute show is indeed setting out to be a spectacle for the family. Boasting an international cast from Europe and Australia, it also has pyrotechnics and animated video projections, 120 costumes and intricate sets from Europe.
Then there is the music - an eclectic mix of original compositions and popular hits such as the Black Eyed Peas' I Got A Feeling, orchestrated by Grammy-winning composer and musical director Matt Dunkley, who has worked on films such as Moulin Rouge (2001).
"There are beautiful songs, great choreography, a lot of humour, magic tricks and so much more," says de Moor.