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Cinderella is coming to Wieting

October 6, 2019
By Mary Fasse-Shaw - Special to the Chronicle , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Glass slippers. A pumpkin turned into a carriage. Mice into footmen. A fairy godmother. A prince. A young woman who is treated badly by an evil stepmother and two nasty stepsisters. What could all of these clues mean? Cinderella, of course! The STC Music Department will be presenting Rogers and Hammerstein's revamped 2013 Broadway version of Cinderella, Oct. 31, Nov. 1, and Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. on the Wieting stage in Toledo.

Cinderella is a timeless children's story that has been around for a millennia. The Cinderella that English speakers know and love can be traced to the French story Cendrillon, first published in 1697 by Charles Perrault, though Chinese and Greek versions of this classic tale go back to the 9th century CE (BC) and 6th century BCE (AD), respectively.

The original version of Rogers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, starring Julie Andrews, broadcast on television in 1957, was quickly turned into a stage version. There were two subsequent television versions starring Lesley Ann Warren in 1967 and Brandy in 1997.

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Cinderella in rehearsal at the Wieting.

Mary Fasse-Shaw photo

In this new 2013 adaptation by Douglas Carter Bean, we find that Cinderella opens Prince Topher's eyes to the injustice in the kingdom. Since the deaths of Prince Topher's parents, the kingdom has been in the hands of its villainous prime minister who has duped the prince into approving oppressive legislation. Seeking to overthrow the government are lovers Jean Michel and stepsister Gabrielle. The score includes the best known songs from the original version and features four new songs, including "Now is the Time" which was originally cut from South Pacific.

The show's direction is in the capable hands of Chris McFate. Shane Manfull is technical director. Ruth Anne Kosbau, the new costumer, is busy pulling and creating costumes; and Nancy Smith and Josh Grimes are accompanying the cast. The large cast and crew have their roles and their jobs and are diligently working to give the public a quality performance.

Mark your calendars and plan to attend and support these young thespians as they bring Rogers and Hammerstein's Cinderella to life.



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