UNION, NJ — Union High School Performing Arts Company presents: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘Cinderella’ The enchantment and magic of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” is coming to the Union High School stage this spring. Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, this timeless tale has been entertaining audiences for decades. The original telling was watched by more than 100 million people, subsequently being brought back to the format in 1965 starring Lesley Ann Warren and 1997 starring Brandy and Whitney Houston. “Cinderella” officially came to Broadway in 2013 with a new book by Douglas Carter Beane.
Don’t miss your chance to see this classic fairy tale retold live on stage March 31, April 1, 6, 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m. and April 2 and 9 at 2 p.m., at the Theater at Union High School, 2350 North Third St., Union. Tickets are available by visiting www.uhspac.com. Student pricing will be available to all Township of Union Students with a valid Union Township ID.
“Cinderella” follows the story of a young girl who is forced into a life of servitude by her cruel stepmother. Dreaming of a better life and with kindness in her heart, Cinderella trusts in herself and discovers she can achieve anything she sets her mind to. She also helps the prince open his eyes to the injustice taking place in his kingdom at the hands of his most trusted adviser.
There are some familiar faces you’ll recognize as well as some new characters, who help to tell this beloved story. It’s an event that is perfect for the entire family, coming to life on stage in your own backyard.
Director James Mosser shared: “‘Cinderella’ is a wonderful story that embodies so many powerful messages; especially this adaptation by Douglas Carter Beane.
Cinderella is kind and an optimistic character, despite her horrible circumstances; using kindness and joy to fight back instead of revenge. She learns, with the help of her fairy godmother, that if she believes in herself and trusts in her own strength, she can achieve anything. These are lessons that are so important for young people to learn, especially today. “
The show features Paper Mill Rising Star nominee Crystal Wright in the title role of Cinderella, and NJACT Perry Award winner Joseph Laurino Jr. as her prince. The cast also features Leanne Laurino as the ever whimsical Marie/fairy godmother, Jason Rivera as Prime Minister Sebastian, Paper Mill Rising Star nominee Lisette Serrano as the evil stepmother, Christopher Erdman as the revolutionary student Jean Michel, Ashley Phillips and Brianna Rivera as Cinderella’s stepsisters, and Jason Yanto rounds out the cast as the royal cryer Lord Pinkleton.
As with any UHSPAC show, you can expect a talented ensemble of singers and dancers ready to share their story with you.