A story about a girl who looks adversity straight in the face. A magical fairytale of kindness, forgiveness and never-ending faith. A timeless love story to be shared by generations.

No matter how you describe it, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” is one of the most beloved musicals in the world. The timeless classic is being presented by CYT Riverside County at the theater on the campus of Temescal Canyon High School in Lake Elsinore for six shows, opening May 5, 2012.

Originally presented for television and starring the incomparable Julie Andrews in the lead role in 1957, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein III fashioned a tale that speaks to all generations and people of all backgrounds. Despite being given a poor hand by fate, Cinderella (Cassandra Thorpe) looks at life with a positive attitude and a belief in the goodness of all people. Her evil stepmother (Kaitlyn Erickson) treats her like a second-class citizen while her cruel and graceless sisters Joy (Nina Sheridan) and Grace (Kieryn Thompson) only make life miserable for her. Thankfully, Cinderella has many people in her corner, including her Fairy Godmother (Samantha Shroll), who works her fairytale magic in order to get Cinderella to the ball and convince her that anything’s possible. There, she meets and falls in love with the handsome Prince (Brian Erickson). She must hastily leave the ball as the spell ends at midnight, so will Cinderella ever see the Prince again?

CYT Riverside County is a non-profit theater arts training program for students ages 4-18. CYT offers a variety of singing, dancing and performance classes as well as Broadway-style musicals in the fall, winter and spring.

Performance Dates: May 5, 10 and 12 at 7 p.m. and May 5, 6, 12 at 2 p.m.
At: Temescal Canyon High School Theater, 28755 El Toro Road in Lake Elsinore

Tickets are on sale at http://www.cytriverside.org/shows/ for $12 ($15 at the door). There is also a Family Night bargain show for $10 on May 10 at 7 p.m.

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