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BWW Reviews: Raleigh Little Theatre's CINDERELLA

Based on the classic fairy tale of the same name, this musical version of Cinderella concerns a young woman forced into a life of servitude by her cruel stepmother, who dreams of a better life. With the help of her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella is transformed into an elegant young lady and is able to attend the ball to meet her Prince.

While I did recently attend a national touring production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella not too long ago, this production of Cinderella presented by Raleigh Little Theatre through December 20th is a completely different adaptation. An original musical adaptation penned by Jim Eiler & Jeane Bargy that's been produced at Raleigh Little Theatre for over thirty years.

As the show was about to begin, we the audience were greeted by some very talented Christmas Carolers. Followed by an evening of charming hilarity. The show also includes some audience interaction with the characters onstage (including the blind King Darling III coming to me in the house thinking I was the princess)!

Nicely staged by the husband-and-wife team of Rod & Nancy Rich; a talented cast consisting of Lauren Knott in the title role of Cinderella; Ty Myatt as the charming Prince; Thad Bell as the hilariously blind King Darling III; Tina Morris-Anderson as the passionate Fairy Godmother; Alison Lawrence as the wicked Stepmother; Tim Cherry and Dennis Poole as Henrietta and Gertrude, the hilarious wicked stepsisters; some great costumes designed by Vicki Olson; some fun sound designs by Todd Houseknecht. I'll say that this holiday season, the whole family should be in for one fun treat!



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From This Author - Jeffrey Karasarides

Jeffrey Kare currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina. Having been born and raised in Northeast Ohio, Jeffrey took interest in live theater at age 11. He also had the great pleasure of seeing s... (read more about this author)


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Interview: Kathleen Garrett of North Carolina Theatre's STEEL MAGNOLIASInterview: Kathleen Garrett of North Carolina Theatre's STEEL MAGNOLIAS
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