Kendra Kassebaum, Jennifer Paz to Lead 5th Avenue's CINDERELLA; Full Cast Announced!
The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington today announced the full cast for its upcoming production of CINDERELLA.
Under the direction of Seattle's own Brandon Ivie, this enchanting fairy tale features Jennifer Paz of Miss Saigon as Cinderella and Wicked star Kendra Kassebaum as the Fairy Godmother, as well as local luminaries Suzanne Bouchard, Nick Garrison, Sarah Rudinoff, Brandon O'Neill, Cynthia Jones, Allen Fitzpatrick, and Greg McCormick Allen.
With lavish sets, stunning costumes, and spectacular choreography by Noah Racey, this delightful gem bubbles with magic, music, and cheer, proving that when the shoe fits, the unlikeliest of girls can become a princess and impossible dreams really do come true.
Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella plays November 25-December 31 (press opening December 1) at The 5th Avenue Theatre (1308 5th Avenue, Seattle). Tickets (starting at $29.00) may be purchased at www.5thavenue.org, by phone at 206-625-1900, or at the Box Office at 1308 5th Avenue in downtown Seattle. From Thanksgiving to New Year's Eve, Cinderella will delight audiences of all ages, warming winter's chill with a pair of wicked stepsisters you'll love to hate, a magical carriage you'll dream of, and the romance of a lifetime.
"This cast is truly an assembly of Seattle's theatrical royalty," says director Brandon Ivie. "I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such incredible talent at The 5th Avenue Theatre, a company I have loved and supported for many years."
A Cinderella story all his own, Ivie makes his directorial debut at The 5th Avenue Theatre where he started his stage career five years ago as an intern. Determined and eager, he rose through the ranks and served as The 5th's casting associate and artistic projects manager for several years. He participated as an Associate Director on several productions including Saving Aimee, On the Town, West Side Story, and Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. Additionally, Ivie directed Rosie the Riveter and Northwest Bookshelf for Adventure Musical Theatre Touring Company, The 5th Avenue Theatre education program that visits hundreds of schools across Washington State. In 2010, Brandon was named "Person to Watch" in 2010 by the Gregory Awards, and now he takes over The 5th Avenue mainstage with this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic.
Since moving to New York City in February, Ivie has directed the new plays Unaccompanied Minors, True Love, and What Sarah Made. As the founding artistic director of Contemporary Classics, he has directed and produced productions including Zanna, Don't!; The Yellow Wood; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; john & jen; The Last 5 Years; and A New Brain. His Broadway credits include dramaturgy on Catch Me If You Can and writer's assistant to Brian Yorkey on Next to Normal.
About the Cast
Pint-sized power house and stunning ingénue Jennifer Paz returns to The 5th Avenue Theatre to play Cinderella, proving that great things come in small packages. She appeared previously in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as the Narrator and Buddy: The Buddy Holly Musical as Maria Elena Holly. She was extremely well received as Kim in the first national tour of Miss Saigon and also performed in the Broadway tour of Les Misérables. She was hailed as a star in the pre-Broadway engagement of David Henry Hwang's revision of Flower Drum Song at the Mark Taper Forum where she took over the role of Mei-Li for the production's celebrated five-week extension. Paz most recently reprised the role of Kim in Miss Saigon at Maine's Ogunquit Playhouse, and was last seen locally in Jesus Christ Superstar at Village Theatre.