What do a prince, mice, an ordinary girl, a pumpkin, a glass slipper, a fairy godmother, and magic all have common? They're all integral parts of the fairytale Cinderella. This weekend, students at Lake Braddock Secondary School aim to bring a new appreciation to Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "Cinderella" with their performance, which will include singing, dancing, and a live orchestra.
The musical was originally broadcast live in 1957 and starred actress Julie Andrews. The musical was remade twice for television, first in 1965 and again in 1997.
Over 90 high school students have been working tirelessly since November to create a magical family-friendly production (recommended for ages 3 and up). Mary Demarco, one of the directors for the musical shared her enthusiasm for this group of student.
“The growth in these performers since November has been amazing," said Demarco. "Most have never danced before and you would never know it by watching their elaborate production numbers beautifully choreographed by our choreographer of 13 years, Susan Brock.”
Rachael Wheeler is one of the six seniors in this production. This is her debut with the school’s musical theater program. When asked about her highlight of this experience thus far, Wheeler replied, “I just love everyone and how nice they are to each other… I have definitely made some new friends through this experience.”
The show opened Thursday and runs through Sunday, Feb. 10. Showtimes are Saturday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 10 at 3:30 p.m. Tickets $12 for adults, $8 for children under 10. All performances will be in the Lake Braddock Secondary School Little Theater.