West Kings puts on Cinderella musical

Nancy Kelly
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Principal cast mates in West Kings High School’s April 2-6 production of Cinderella took time out from a recent rehearsal for a photo. Pictured clockwise, from top left, are Sarah Perrault and Reagan Lonergan, who are tackling the roles of Cinderella’s nasty stepsisters; Jenny Hogenbom, as Cinderella; and Hannah MacMillan, in the role of her fairy godmother.

The updated musical retelling of Cinderella, the classic tale in which a young girl is empowered to make her dreams come true, comes to the stage at West Kings District High School from April 2 to 6.

Narrated by Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother, played by Hannah MacMillan, the story of a young girl forced to endure a dreary existence serving in the household of an unkind family but who dreams of a happier life unfolds to a score written by the renowned American musical theatre writing team of Rodgers and Hammerstein.

In her first year with West Kings theatre, Grade 11 student Jenny Hogenbom landed the role of Cinderella.

“I am into music big time and I love singing,” said Hogenbom of her interest in musical theatre. She has enjoyed being part of a “magical experience” and working with “an awesome cast.”

Playing opposite Hogenbom as her Prince Charming is Callum Engleberts.

Returning director and producer Hal Jessome and David O’Leary agree the West Kings version of the show, which was created for television in the 1960s, offers some twists to the classic Cinderella story that audiences will appreciate.

“In this version, Cinderella is no shrinking violet. She sees what she wants and makes it happen,” explained O’Leary.

“It’s a funny story and audiences will definitely fall in love with Cinderella’s step family.”

Marissa McNeil, Reagan Lonergan and Sarah Perrault are cast in the roles of Cinderella’s nasty stepmother and sisters, added Jessome.

He said the musical score provides some wonderful ballads and the background for some rousing dance numbers.  Other highlights of the show include several  “magical transformations” that turn mice into horses and a pumpkin into a carriage, as well as a pair of glass slippers that complete Cinderella’s own transformation.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. April 2-5 and a 2 p.m. matinee will be staged April 6. Reserve seating tickets are now available by calling 847-4440 or dropping into the school office.

Organizations: West Kings District High School, West Kings theatre

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