‘Cinderella’ by Youth Theatre Workshop opens Saturday

Three little mice, played by Megan Juba, Tia Mitchell and Keeghan Goins, react when something scares their friend Cinderella. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Three mice (Megan Juba, Tia Mitchell and Keeghan Goins) react when something scary happens with their friend Cinderella. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

 

By Bruce Strand, Arts editor
There will be magical components to Youth Theatre Workshop’s rendition of “Cinderella” beginning Saturday with two performances at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Little Theatre in Elk River High School.

“The magic will be awesome,” director Eileen Anderson said. “Cinderella will go from her rags to a ball gown in one and a half seconds. The play is filled with magic.”

Cinderella (Averi Schirmers) chats with feathered friends (Livia Wambach, Gwen Godeen, Natalie Murphy).

Cinderella (Averi Schirmers) chats with feathered friends (Livia Wambach, Gwen Godeen, Natalie Murphy).

cinderella_dukeThe cast of 87 youths includes six Cinderella’s as the play is double-cast and features the heroine as a child (Lauren Theisen, Averi Schrimers), a teen (Lexi Freund, Lindsey Strecher) and a young adult (Ava Maki, Emily Bowersox).

Other leading roles include Buffalo senior Michael Wegter as the adult Prince Christopher, ERHS sophomore Lauren Christ as the evil stepmother, and Sarah Noding, a home-schooled Big Lake student, as fairy godmother.

The script, modified by YTW alum Katie Wolf, will “fill in some of the background of the story,” said Anderson. The director adds that the music is a mix of Disney and Rodgers and Hammerstein tunes.

Along with the two showings Saturday, there will be two more Sunday at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., then next Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 and 6 p.m.

"Lucifer" the cat, played by Alicia Ford.

“Lucifer” the cat, played by Alicia Ford.

The bratty step-sisgters (Breanna Cassidy and Katelyn Kolyer) jostle with young Prince Christopher (Sheldon Musgjerd).

The bratty step-sisgters (Breanna Cassidy and Katelyn Kolyer) jostle with young Prince Christopher (Sheldon Musgjerd).

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