There’s magic to be held at Johnstown High School’s stunning production of the Tony Award winning Broadway musical Cinderella this Friday and Saturday (April 1 & 2) at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday (April 3) at 2:00 p.m.
The beloved musical was given a new book in 2013 and yet remains at its foundation a bit of fairy-tale magic with a vibrant score by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II.
Performing the role of Ella is Emma Crouse, balancing just the right amount of sweetness with irony. She explores the recesses of Ella’s imagination to shelter herself against a cruel world in her signature song, “In My Own Little Corner.” Her chemistry with Kyle Polidore as Prince Topher treads a poignant edge between innocence and burgeoning romance, captured touchingly in their duet, “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful.” Polidore plays the prince with a boyish optimism who falls for Ella less for her physical charms than for her charitable spirit and kindness.
As the vain and frivolous stepmother Victoria Fish plies her comedic skills, along with Aurora LaTourrette and Sarah Martelle as the woeful stepsisters. LaTourette is brassy, especially in “The Stepsister’s Lament” and Martelle gives us a conscientious girl pining for Jean-Michel, a nerdy social crusader acted by Gabe Cole.
Carl Parslow plays the devious and manipulative regent Sebastian, who tricks the naïve prince into signing bills that repress and rob his people. Mia Franko benevolently embodies the role of Marie, the forest beggar woman who turns out to be Ella’s fairy godmother, with her solo, “There’s Music in You”.
Noted songs as “Ten Minutes Ago,” “Impossible” and “The Prince is Giving a Ball” highlight the talents of Samuel Miller, Hunter Hill, Steve Camarra, Alexia Brunetto, Grace Michienzi, Heidi Chamberlain, Katie Ammann, Meghan Baldwin, Julia Airey, Lillian Nevins, Jordyn Stoutner, Rachel Lee, Emily Barker, and Gina Franko.
The production is directed by Michael S Burnett, music direction – Cynthia Wood, choreography – Ashley Polidore, Mia Franko, Cindy Wood, costume coordinator – Darlene D’Onofrio, costume alterations – Diane Dillenbeck.
Stage Crew members are Julia Bevington (Stage Manager), Alexandra VanAernam (Lighting), Maddie Willett (Sound), Angela Wolff and Taylor Darling (Follow spots) and Deesha Mohan (Properties).
Band members include Sophia Hayes – piano, Ciara Solby – clarinet, Katt Cummings – alto sax, Alex Pratt – trumpet, Ashley Ackernecht – flute, Isaac Smith – trombone, Mike Tuttle – Bass, Zach Hayes and August D’Amore – percussion.
Tickets are available at the door, $10 adults and $5 students.