November 8, 2016 – January 8, 2017
Recommended for all ages
It’s been three years since Anne went to Cinderella at the Children’s Theatre and wrote her review. This year, the same great show is back with mainly the same great cast (This year, the Prince Eric is played by David Murray). The pop culture jokes will be different, but you can expect a fun time for the whole family. Cinderella is a particularly good show to bring the boys to see.
As with Anne’s Emily, there were plenty of little girls dressed in princess costumes expecting a fairy tale, and I wondered if any were disappointed by the first half. I had read Anne’s review three years ago, so I knew to expect Dean Holt and Reed Sigmund in the roles as the stepsisters. However, if I had re-read the article before going, I would have chosen my 6-year-old son as my date. He is the first to get bored at anything that requires sitting and is vehemently opposed to anything he deems “girly”. These would not have been an issues for him at this Cinderella.
Holt and Sigmund dominated the show as the wickedly funny stepsisters. Even during the mushy parts, they were usually off to the side doing something hilarious. On top of that, sitting still was not an issue. There were plenty of audience participation moments when we got to stand up and yell or try to catch something being tossed out at the crowd.
My date was my middle grade daughter (also not a princess fan). She loved our date night and gave it 10 out of 10 stars. Cinderella, played by Traci Allen Shannon, embodied the grace and goodhearted nature we love to see in role models for our daughters. Fairy tales can be a tough tightrope when we are raising modern girls. This role managed to keep the good, the selflessness and willingness to work hard and carry on even when things aren’t fair or even right. At the same time, it kicked aside the idea of waiting for a prince to come save her. This Cinderella went to the ball because she wanted to enjoy the ball. She fell in love with the Prince because he, like her, was a goodhearted person. (Lessons that are good for our boys, too.)
Children’s Theatre provided us with tickets to facilitate my review of this play. Opinions are my own.