With the wave of the Fairy Godmother’s wand and months of hard work, the magic of live theater cast its spell on the actors and the audience this past weekend, April 22-24, for three performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella in the Carlson Family Theater (CFT). After a two-year hiatus from live productions, parents, faculty, students, friends and family, filled the theater to enjoy a heartwarming, humorous, and contemporary spin on this classic tale.
Getting there wasn’t easy. The cast of 31 Upper School students pulled off stunning performances after a demanding tech week, where cast, crew, and directors worked double time to get ready for opening night. In the end, the sets were beautiful and all of the many costume changes were made. The multi-talented Bill Brendle, Viewpoint music teacher and Music Director of this production, provided all of music for the show. The tightly-bonded cast and crew were supportive of one another and it showed.
Scott Feldsher, Chair of Theater and Dance and Director of Cinderella, shared, “We chose Cinderella for our return to the CFT because it is a show that celebrates the possibilities of dreams fulfilled and the magic of live theater. But Rodgers and Hammerstein’s work also presents a high level of difficulty for young performers and theater-makers, so it turned out to be a very challenging project after being away for two years. Fortunately, this talented and dedicated ensemble met the challenge head-on and fulfilled their own dreams of returning to live performance in the CFT with a miraculous coup de theatre, which they were able to share with our entire Viewpoint community. From the Primary, Lower, and Middle School students who attended with their parents, to the groups of Upper Schoolers who drove themselves, and the grandparents who flew in from across the country, this weekend also felt like a celebration of a community dream of being back together.”
In case you missed it, an excerpt will be performed at the upcoming Arts Festival on Saturday, April 30 at 4:20 p.m. in the Carlson Family Theater.