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OHS Music Department to Stage Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘Cinderella’

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Cast members rehearse a scene from “Cinderella,” the OHS Music Department’s production set for Feb. 10-12.  Cast members rehearse a scene from “Cinderella,” the OHS Music Department’s production set for Feb. 10-12. Submitted photo

Do these lyrics ring a bell: “Impossible! For a plain yellow pumpkin to become a golden carriage”?

How about, “Ten minutes ago, I met you…”? Or, perhaps, “In my own little corner in my own little chair, I can be whatever I want to be…”? So many lovely memories come to mind when we hear these familiar words and melodies. This is especially true for those of us who are old enough to remember Stuart Damon ride onto our black and white television screens on a beautiful white horse to meet Lesley Ann Warren as an entrancing Cinderella. It was magical!

That magic will return to the Robinson-Faust Theatre at Oswego High School on Feb. 10 and 11 at 7 p.m. and on Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. This year’s musical theater production is the latest version of the venerable Rogers and Hammerstein show, now updated to include a bit more social responsibility on the part of Cinderella which she imparts to her prince, helping him to become a ruler who will strive for the betterment of his people. Since every good story needs an antagonist, this will occur in spite of his longtime advisor and mentor’s desire to keep Prince Topher in the dark as to what’s going on.

The show includes all the important components of the fairy tale: The less than kindly stepmother and stepsisters (although one of them may be capable of being reformed), a handsome prince, a lovely Fairy Godmother, lots of courtiers and peasants, and, of course, magic! It wouldn’t be Cinderella without plenty of that.

This year’s cast includes Cheyenna Gordon, Cinderella; Nate Carr, The Prince; Ben Norton, Madame; Sarah Westcott, Marie; Miles Bandla, Sebastian; Sydny Frantz, Gabrielle; Wendy Thompson, Charlotte; Tristan Clark, Jean Michel; Romello Velazquez, Lord Pinkleton; and a chorus of villagers, knights, and peasants: Jillian Bell, Matt Beshures, Joscelyn Coniski, Gianna Ellingwood, Isabelle Fiorito, Virgil Fitzgerald, Chloe Helmer, Liam Hinman, Helena Holmes, Scott LaPage-Swindells, Jacquelyn Livingston, Alex Lourcey, Kian McCarthy, Isaac McLaughlin, Brianna McLaughlin, Sean Metcalf, Ashley Miceli, Basil Miller, Alyssa Monahan, Logan Myhill, Leah Norton, David Pearson, Augustus Potter, Sadie Pratt, LeeLynn Shatraw, Ciarrah Tynan, and Jayden VanWormer.

Tickets are from $10 to $15 and may be purchased from ohsboxoffice.ticketleap.com/cinderella

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