‘Why Would A Fellow Want A Girl Like Her?'

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The high school auditorium will be filled with magic, enchantment and delight as the Payson High School Musical Theater Club presents the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, "Cinderella."

"Families will enjoy watching Jennifer Sandoval as the Godmother, changing a pumpkin into an elegant carriage, four mice into stylish horses and Cinderella's rags into a beautiful ball gown," said publicist Kathy Siler.

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Cinderella, played by Kaitlyn Phylow, stands amazed in the beautiful gown her Fairy Godmother, played by Jennifer Sandoval, made with a wave of her magic wand.

Everyone knows the story of Cinderella -- a girl with a sweet disposition, a couple of wicked stepsisters and small feet, perfect for glass slippers left behind after the ball at the royal palace.

Kaitlyn Phylow plays Cinderella opposite Troy Wayland's Prince Charming.

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

Cinderella is a nickname for the girl who sleeps by the sooty fireplace, where she dreams of a life of kindness without drudgery.

Her story follows the theme of many fairy tales -- love conquers all.

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

She sings, "Queens and kings and many things, have their day and are gone/ 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 Wayland, and is none too thrilled at the prospect of him finding a mate at a dance.

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

During last year's play, he had to learn 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," said Tom Walling, technical and stage manager.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Rodger's 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."

Performances will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, 4 p.m., Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday in the Payson High School Auditorium.

Tickets are available in advance at the Payson Public Library, Oasis Christian Books and Pine's Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library. Tickets are $6 adults, $4 students and senior citizens.

Tickets at the door are $6 adults, $5 students and senior citizens.

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