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Updated production of "Cinderella" brings community kids to campus

The classic folk tale of Cinderella will charm audiences, as the Department of Dance and Theatre opens its Fall 2012 season with a family-friendly production geared toward ages 5 to 9.

The story of a young woman who overcomes a difficult family environment to find happiness has been found in literature as early as 9th Century China. German folklorists Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm included Cinderella in their classic versions of children's stories, and the Walt Disney Company delighted audiences of all ages with its animated 1950 film.  

The play's story line may be a little different from the version of Cinderella with which many children are familiar. In this version, Cinderella lives with her mother and sisters - not a stepmother and stepsisters. But the story of Cinderella’s inner kindness remains true - and of course, Cinderella still meets her prince at the ball.

Lorenzo Garcia“We still have the wonderful intrigue and the search for love that ends with success,” said Lorenzo Garcia, left, chair of the department and director of the production.

Sarah Baston, a junior theater major, plays the role of Cinderella, a recipient of the Bill and Ann Stokes scholarship for the 2012-13 academic year.

“I like this adaptation of the production because Cinderella doesn’t look like a victim," said Baston. "She is more realistic, which I appreciate, and audiences will be able to connect to it.” 

Students from a Denton elementary school will attend two performances.

“Having the students here fits with the notion of making connections and opening our borders to the community to come to UNT,” Garcia said. “My hope is that they will have an occasion when they will go back to their classrooms and discuss the play. They could discuss what meaning they create out of that event and what life lessons they are extrapolating from the experience of Cinderella that might relate to their own. That is part of what I call the aesthetic experience - making meaning out of all the imagery and words and actions you see before you.”

True to the historical period, the production will be presented in early 17th-century French court style with beautiful gowns and stylized hair.

Alumna and costume shop supervisor Suzanne Shockley designed costumes for the production, and alumnus Jeff Schmidt, a theater artist based in Dallas, is scenic designer.

Cinderella performances are:

  • Saturday, Sept. 29 at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 30 at 2 p.m.

Performances at 10 a.m. Sept. 27 and 28 are sold out, thanks to the department's community involvement, which will bring youngsters from Denton public schools to campus to enjoy the play. 

Enter to win a pair of tickets to the 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 performance or the 2 p.m. Sept. 30 performance by sending an email to InHouse with "Cinderella 29" or "Cinderella 30" in the subject line by 5 p.m. Sept. 14. Winner will be selected at random from all responses. Nine other respondents will be selected to receive a UNT gift pack, which includes an eco-friendly shopping bag, T-shirt, water bottle and lapel pin. 

The performances will be in the Radio, Television, Film and Performing Arts Building. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7.50 for students, UNT faculty and staff members and seniors,  and go on sale Sept. 13. call 940-565-2428 or visit the Department of Dance and Theatre.

-Ellen Rossetti, News Promotions

Posted on: Mon 10 September 2012

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