Disney’s Cinderella opens at AFAA this weekend

Friday, July 22, 2016 - 09:29
  • The cast of Cinderella will hold a “pay as you can” performance one night only, Thursday, July 21, prior to four weekend performances July 22-23 and 39-30. Tickets for the regular performances are $14 for regular admission, $12 for children, seniors and military. Photo courtesy of AFAA Executive Director Lailani Cook

With a cast of children from 6 to 16, the classic version of Disney’s Cinderella opens this weekend, with an early “pay as you can” performance Thursday, July 21.

The musical, directed by Tommy Pietsch, promises vibrant colors and scenery, putting the cast of 15 though several costume changes (Cinderella has six) and familiar songs. Yes, singing and dancing mice are on the playbill.

“Since day one very positive outlook with this production,” said 24-year-old Pietsch. “I have an amazingly talented group of kids. They are so eager to learn. Even the youngest one, at 6, is asking questions and learning so much,” he added.

This particular version of the classic riches-to-rags-to-riches story is much like the original Disney movie released in 1950, Pietsch said.

“All of the songs are from the movie, and we got permission to add a song that everyone will love,” he added. “I kept the Disney classic aspect. I’ve made the show into something that is so family-oriented. Even as an adult you can appreciate the story, the dialogue and the music. Mixed in are a few bits of the latest Disney live-action film.”

With a small stage and budget, Pietsch relied on creativity and repurposing of props, sets and backdrops for the new production, he said.

“We pretty-much found everything we needed. We were very blessed in that aspect. One example he cited was like repurposing the peach from James and the Giant Peach into the pumpkin carriage for Cinderella.

Tonight (Thursday) is a pay as you can preview will be tonight at AFAA at 7 p.m. Regular performances with be Friday, July 22, and Saturday, July 23, plus Friday, July 29, and Saturday, July 30. Tickets for the regular performances are $14 for regular admission, $12 for children, seniors and military. Call 694-8909 for more information.

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