A Fairy Magical Show: The Playhouse presents Cinderella
Visual effects and orchestral classics make their way to The Playhouse
Friday, Dec. 6
Dazzling costumes, costume transformations, and lavish orchestrations bring the story of Cinderella to life at the Erie Playhouse.
Based on Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1957 version of the show, the Playhouse's volunteer orchestra under the direction of Andrew Rainbow will play classics like "Little Corner," "Ten Minutes Ago," "The Stepsisters Lament," and "Do I Love You."
With an added twist, "in the new script, Cinderella takes control of her life to not only help herself, but those around her," said Richard Davis, producing director at the Playhouse.
The story follows a young woman as she serves her evil stepmother and stepsisters while dreaming of a better life. Her Fairy Godmother transforms her into a princess who goes to the ball and falls in love with a prince. The love story that follows is one that transcends time.
Davis said around the holidays, the Playhouse tries to pick shows the whole family can enjoy together.
"We always strive to present shows within our season that will appeal to family audiences looking for a special treat," Davis said.
The Playhouse focused on the magical elements of the show while staying true to its classical theater background. Audience members can expect to see new backdrops and special stage magic to make Cinderella's dress transform three times. The fairytale favorite scene of Fairy Godmother transforming mice and a pumpkin into horses and a carriage will also take place in front of the audience's eyes.
In addition to the visual effects, there will be some new cast members as well.
"The Playhouse has assembled an outstanding cast of Playhouse veterans and some new faces to bring the delightful show to life," Davis said.
Along with the music and visual effects, Davis said, "Everyone will definitely leave the theater smiling." — Chloe Forbes
Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 29 at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m., special performances Wednesday Dec. 18 and Thursday Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m. // Erie Playhouse, 13 W. 10th St. // $13.95 - 20.75, $12 for students // erieplayhouse.org