Cinderella, The Musical

An old-fashioned fairy tale for spring

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All a Fairy Godmother can do is grant a young woman's wish.

How the wish turns out for a particular scullery maid with a sweet disposition despite wicked sisters is entirely up to the maid -- although, small feet, perfect for glass slippers, are a must for any girl heading to a ball at the royal palace.

On April 19, 20 and 21 talented high school thespians will proudly present the Rodgers' and Hammerstein's "Cinderella."

"Why would a fellow want a girl like her," the wicked stepsisters sing in their "Stepsisters' Lament," accusing the lovely lass of "a flimsy kind of charm" and being "dainty as a daisy."

Cinderella is named for her bed by the sooty fireplace where she dreams of a life of kindness without drudgery.

Cinderella's (played by veteran actress Kaitlyn Phylow) dream is a bit like the advice dance choreographer Christy Walton gave the waltzing students on stage last week: "Don't get caught up in the dance without listening to the music."

"Cinderella" will be a fairy tale evening of dramatic tunes about jealousy and love.

Although the four teens in the roles of the stepmother (Shannon Psomos), stepsisters (Shannon Horton and Danielle Westrom) and Cinderella are good friends in real life, the "stepfamily" is not finding it tough to achieve the required level of superiority and snottiness on stage.

"It's fun to be mean to my friends," Psomos said.

Yet, the first time she delivered the line, "I want to talk to my daughters --my real daughters," Phylow said she felt bad.

"It's fun to be someone else for a couple of hours," Psomos said. "It is all fun and games, we love each other."

Love conquering all obstacles is the theme of a great many fairy tales.

Soprano Heidi Haworth, who plays the Queen, brings the point home to her King, played by Brad Johnson:

"Queens and kings and many things, have their day and are gone

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The Prince (Troy Haworth) tells his father (Brad Johnson) he does not particularly wish to choose a bride. But, will that be what he tells his mother, the Queen?

"But boys and girls like you and me

"They go on and on."

The queen appears to have stars in her eyes, for the Prince (played by Troy Wayland) is none too thrilled at the prospect of finding a mate at a dance.

The Prince is a vastly different role than the sidekick Wayland played last year's musical, "Grease."

There he shook his booty and did the hand jive.

For "Cinderella," he had to learn to waltz.

"This is definitely more fun, but a lot harder," Wayland said.

When Cinderella and her Prince lock eyes, as she makes her grand entrance to the ball, it is love at first sight.

Love is not the only first.

So are the kisses.

They will be the first stage kisses for Phylow and Wayland.

"The chemistry is really good between all the actors," Tom Walling, technical and stage manager said.

Walling is pleased that "this isn't Disney, it's the original."

2007 marks the 50th anniversary of Rodgers' and Hammerstein's "Cinderella."

A CBS TV special aired the musical with Julie Andrews as Cinderella.

The fairy tale possibly dates back to the first century, but was popularized in the western world by Charles Perrault in the 17th century.

There is no specific timeline for the high school production. The costume theme was simply "fairy tale."

"The kids are wonderful," said director Lynn Haworth. "Come and see ‘Cinderella.' It is going to be great fun.'

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