A wicked stepmother and two evil stepsisters, a magical fairy godmother, a king, a charming prince, and a pair of glass slippers and you have a recipe for a lively, musical retelling of Charles Perrault’s classic tale Cinderella onstage at the Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre Saturdays at 2pm January 15 through February 26 and Saturdays at 11am, March 5 – April 9 in the Balcony theatre.
Director and Choreographer Earl Maulding is delighted to bring back this zany musical to the Miracle Theatre, complete with a talented cast of actors. Orphaned Ella (Lissa Grossman) is forced to become a servant of her evil Stepmother (Debra Lynn Ginsberg) and her two evil Stepsisters Henrietta (Monique Mondejar) and Gertrude (Sarah Davida). Every evening, after her chores are done, she sits by the chimney and dreams about her rescue. Her Stepmothers and Stepsisters belittle her, calling her Cinder-Ella. “Cinders and ashes are but a disguise; from out of the ashes, miracle arise!’ gleams Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother (Sarah Checcone).
As fate would have it, Cinderella’s world magically takes a turn as she meets her handsome Prince Charming (role reprised by Ryan Jacobs). On the eve of Prince Charming’s 21st birthday with accordance of his father’s rules, King Darling the Third (Ricky Raugh), the Prince must find the woman he will marry. With the aid of her two Helpers (David Perez-Ribada and Jarrod Gac), the Fairy Godmother turns Cinderella’s rags into a beautiful ball gown and a pumpkin into a carriage. Cinderella has finally met her Prince, yet not without fighting her Stepmother and Stepsisters, all vying for the affection of the Prince.
Originally produced by The Prince Street Players with book and lyrics by Jim Eiler and music by Jim Eiler and Jeanne Bargy. Musical Director is Carbonell Award-winner Eric Alsford. Chris Jahn designs the scenes, including the Stepmother’s house, the castle, and the Fairy Godmother’s realm. Ananda Keator designs the beautifully ornate late 18th century costumes. Carbonell Award nominees Alex Herrin and Patrick Tennent design the sound and lighting, respectively.
Tickets are $10 for children and $12 for adults. For tickets, contact the box office at 305-444-9293 or TicketMaster. Celebrate a child’s birthday. Actors' Playhouse offers special birthday packages with cake and pizza options. Prearranged discount tickets are available for school groups of 15 or more for 10am weekday performances.