March 5, 2007

First-ever community education play performances this weekend

By Ryan Gueningsman
Managing Editor

Delano Community Education presents two performances of Disney’s “Cinderella Kids,” scheduled for Friday, March 9 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 10 at 1 p.m. at the Delano Middle School Auditorium

All seats are $3, and tickets can be purchased at the door. The cast is made up of third through sixth graders.

The production features the original Disney story, and songs taken from the beloved classic movie.

“This is the first time community ed has sponsored this type of play,” said director Barb Roy. She proposed the idea to community education last fall.

“I think the younger students need more chances to participate in live theater,” Roy said. “We had over 100 students audition for the show. This tells me that they want to be in a play, so maybe we can expand the offerings in the future.”

A plot synopsis of the performance reveals that in a faraway kingdom, the smart, charming girl, Cinderella lives in a cottage with her cruel stepmother and jealous stepsisters, Anastasia and Drizella.

One day, the town criers invite all the young ladies of the kingdom to attend a royal ball and to meet Prince Charming.

Her stepmother says Cinderella can go if she finishes her long list of chores. Cinderella’s friends, the mice, stitch together a dress for her to wear to the ball, but the stepsisters promptly tear it to shreds.

Suddenly, the fairy godmother appears and helps Cinderella to get to the ball in a beautiful dress and a carriage made from a pumpkin.

Cinderella meets Prince Charming and they dance and dance until the clock strikes midnight. Cinderella rushes out, leaving one of her glass slippers behind.

The grand duke and the herald search the kingdom and discover that the slipper is a perfect fit on Cinderella. She is reunited with the prince, and everyone lives happily ever after.

Songs offered in the play include “Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo,” “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes,” and “The Tale of Cinderella.”

The play is perfect for all ages, Roy said.

Cast includes:

Cinderella – Emma Kopp

Prince Charming – Nate Bressler

Fairy Godmother – Rialee Todd

Stepmother – Sonia Schaefbauer

Stepsisters – Emily Holm, Rachel Oeffling

Gus – Chad Roberts

Jaw – Miki Harris

Luke – Steven Young

Perla – Gaby Cordes

The production is directed by Roy, with assistance from Jennifer Current, Adrienne Hood, McKay Elwood, Tyler Kyrola, Lee Peterson, Rachel Braden, Abby Bohler, Autumn Ike, Kaeli Todd, Liz Roering, Jarrett Hart, and Haley Kraus

Disney’s “Cinderella Kids” is part of Music Theater International’s series of short plays adapted from Disney movies for students in grades k-6.

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