Uncorked: Cinderella! Cinderella! Family Show Casts a Spell at CentreStage Theatre!
By Mike Butler
Picture it, July 2010, a 30-year-old man steps onto the CentreStage Theatre stage for the very first time dressed as an adorable cat named Tom in the production Cinderella! Cinderella! That very timid (at the time) actor was me, and the role was too much fun to pass up when CentreStage recently decided to remount this wonderful, enchanting family production. I am back as the cat and having just as much fun with an all-new cast of incredible actors.
Cinderella! Cinderella! by Edith Weiss is the first family show of the 2018 roster and it is the first show in the newly renovated Upper-Performance Centre. Wait until you see the glorious new stage, paint job, lighting system, dressing rooms, and carpeting that have been put in. This is now an even more fully functioning performance space, equal to the main stage on the lower level. I am so proud to be part of the first cast to use this new space… and we certainly do use it well!
So, I’m a cute cat with a new space to work with, but what about the play itself? Well, throw out your fairy-tale ideas of a Cinderella with dainty glass slippers and hideous stepsisters because this unique and hilarious adaptation by Edith Weiss has a new twist! In an English village in 1342, Cinderella, a plain looking girl, must compete with her two mean-spirited but stunningly gorgeous stepsisters for the hand of the kind and sincere prince. With the help of her faithful and handsome feline companion, Tom, and a lovable but visually-impaired Fairy Godmother who’s always using the wrong wand, Cinderella finally learns that magic isn’t the answer to her problems. Courage, kindness and self-confidence trump superficial beauty and an expensive wardrobe. You will laugh your head off and take away some very wise lessons.
Cinderella! Cinderella! is a show that all ages will thoroughly enjoy and admission is only $5.00 a ticket!
The play is directed by Nancy Henry and the cast includes Ciaran Quimby-MacIntyre, Ethan Vanmeekeren, Keira Melanson, Kaitlyn Thompkins, Charlotte Crouch, Mindy Vinqvist-Tymchuk, and Wendy Stewart.
Cinderella! Cinderella! performances take place on Feb.17,18,24,25, and March 3, and 4. All shows begin at 2 PM (door opens at 1:15), and all tickets are $5.00. Please call 902-678-8040 for reservations. If the play fits, see it!