Theatre Department presents Cinderella

Laura Streyle

If the notion of impending 10th-week mayhem has you convinced that a happy ending for the term is mere poppycock and twaddle, the Lawrence University theater and music departments are readily prepared to step in — with dainty glass slippers — and remind you that your happy ending is possible.
The Fairy Godmother of Roger and Hammerstein’s original musical version of “Cinderella” will have you singing her catchy optimistic mantra, “It’s Possible,” to every harried student you encounter after seeing the show.
The first performance was the night of Nov. 20. The show is also being presented Friday and Sunday nights at 8 p.m. and Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. in Stansbury Theatre.
Tickets are free for Lawrence students, $10 for adults, and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets are currently available at the Box Office, but do hurry, as the Prince can only invite as many of his royal subjects as can fit into the theater.
With direction by Tim Troy, musical direction by Phillip Swan and an all-around knockout cast, the production is sure to be an enjoyable experience for audience members of all shoe sizes.
Also, with the show lasting only 90 minutes, no one will have to worry about making it safely back home before the clock strikes twelve and all the golden carriages turn back into immobile plain yellow pumpkins.
This is not to suggest that anyone would wish to scurry off too quickly after the enchanting musical is over, however. The talent and charm that the students have been stirring up in the theater is sure to make the audience want to remain in the enchanted fairytale world for a little bit longer.
Excited about the product of many weeks of hard work, Troy said of the cast, “As a professor, I’m … proud of how well our students are able to embrace material from another era and so completely make it their own.”
Troy also lauded his colleague, Swan, in saying, “I enjoy running rehearsals with him and marvel at how students respond to his musical guidance with trust and a sense of discovery.”
Double-cast, the show features junior Amanda Ketchpaw and senior Michael Axtell appearing as Cinderella and the Prince Thursday and Saturday, with juniors Maura Cook and Evan Bravos singing the respective roles Friday and Sunday.
Senior Emily Shankman plays the fairy godmother Thursday and Saturday and junior Laura Wasserman takes the role Friday and Sunday.
Come see and hear wonderful actors, actresses, and musicians raise your spirits, and you can relive a tale that will be twinkling brightly on the stage through dancing, singing and a little bit of magic.

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