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.
More than 90 South County students will be involved in CYT’s winter production at the school.
The story of will take theatergoers on the magical and romantic story of a young girl living under the strict rule of her stepmother and two spoiled stepsisters, her fairy godmother, enchanted mice, a pumpkin coach and the dashing prince whose heart she captures.
“Cinderella” keeps true to CYT’s Broadway-style productions captivating audiences with music, special effects and grand staging.
The lead cast features 13-year-old Mia Apalategui (Bonita Vista Middle School) as Cinderella; 17-year-old Landen Baldwin (Otay Ranch High School) as the prince; 15-year-old Elizabeth Figueroa (Eastlake High School) as the fairy godmother; 18-year-old Lauren Gray (Otay Ranch High School) as the wicked stepmother; 14-year-old Amy Wawryznski (San Diego Performing High School) and 18-year-old Jazmin Ruiz (Mater Dei Catholic High School) as the stepsisters.
All seats are reserved. Ticket prices are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. A special rate of $6 is available for groups of 30 or more. For tickets, visit the Web site at www.cytsandiego.org or call 619-588-0206.
Friday, Feb. 3: 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 4: 2 and 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 5: 2 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 10: 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 11: 2 and 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 12: 2 p.m.
CYT Atlanta’s production of Cinderella was featured in UiC Magazine recently.
According to the article, Artistic Director Pat Valleroy said the musical will appeal to everyone (especially adults) because of the, “caliber of both the singing and dancing.”
Here is what else she said:
“CYT is happy to produce another quality, family show. This musical will appeal to all ages, from the young princesses to the young at heart.”
Show Director Anna Kilbride revealed that she’s, “very excited to direct this talented cast and have both a gifted Musical Director and an accomplished Choreographer to bring the musical numbers magically to life.”
Check out radio interviews from Cinderella cast members on “The What’s Up Radio Program” with Terry Lowry. The program airs on KKHT 100.7 FM, and is a local Houston radio station.
Cinderella cast interviews- April 15, 2010:
Interview– Abigail Schwaig as Cinderella. Interview– John Arensdorf as Prince Charming. Interview– Ian McEwin as The King. Interview– Nellie Yost as The Queen. Interview– Elizabeth Lechmann as the evil Step-sister, Portia. Interview– Lael Lawless as the Wicked Stepmother. Interview– Ethan McEwin as a Courtier. Interview – Special Guest: Nadia Arensdorf. Assistant Production Director, and a mother of children involved with CYT. Interview– Special guest: Beth Ann Lechmann. A mother of children involved with CYT.
Complete listing of CYT interviews at “The What’s Up Radio Program! with Terry Lowry” website. Click on “Christian Youth Theatre” under the drop-down “Organization”
CYT Chicago’s Cinderella is more confident than any depicted before, according to the Pioneer Press.
“The title character is spunkier than you probably remember her in…She is different from all the other Cinderella’s that have been portrayed,” said 17-year-old Kelsey Palmquist of Crystal Lake, who plays her. “She is more confident and she stands up to people more. But she is still very kind and gentle.”
The article mentions Kelsey’s dedication to CYT. “I love it because all of the directors, teachers and friends are so loving and caring,” she said. “I love doing theater there because I love singing, dancing and acting — and they have it all. You learn alongside your friends, which is so much fun.”