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October 12, 2010 > Theatre Review: Cinderella comes to Stage 1

Theatre Review: Cinderella comes to Stage 1

Cinderella, a timeless magical Fairy Tale of enchantment has been passed from generation to generation. Featuring the transformation of a scullery maid into a princess, it is the only Rogers & Hammerstein musical written for television. Originally broadcast live in 1957 with Julie Andrews playing the title role and adapted for stage, the "Enchanted Edition" is based on the 1997 teleplay which starred Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as her Fairy Godmother.

Director Belinda Maloney has brought this wonderful storybook fantasy to life on a charming set with a very pleasing palette of color. Vibrant costumes and choreography by Kevin Hammond was spot on from the beautiful Waltz to the Step Sister's Lament.

Christi Wallace gives a stellar performance in the title role. She is the perfect package of elegance, sweetness, and strength, wrapped up with an enchanting voice. The Prince played by Caleb Howe is absolutely "charming" which makes for a wonderful chemistry between the leads.

Other notable performers: The "Steps" Martie Muldoon, Jean Marie Perchalski and Brynne Tyler Mariluch are comedy personified! Pleasantly surprising are the King and Queen, Michael Campbell and Martha McDowell who are quite animated and fun opposed to the "norm" of their roles. Anne Milbourne as the Fairy Godmother was beautiful in a stunning dress and an even more mesmerizing voice. Justin Isla gave a great dry performance with the perfect touch of hilarity as Lionel the Prince's Steward. A large ensemble rounds out this talented cast, with each an integral part of the Magic!

The "transformation" is a magical experience, I won't give it away, but even I wanted to take a photo in the Pumpkin Carriage! (Well worth $5 for the frame and photo) Definitely a must see show!

Cinderella
Friday & Saturday, Oct 15-16
8 p.m.
Newark Memorial High School Theatre
39375 Cedar Blvd, Newark
(510) 791-0287
www.stage1theatre.org

General Admission $22
Senior/Advanced Purchase $20
Students $10 Groups 12+ $18

Tickets also available at The Book End in Newark

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