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August 21, 2012 > Theatre: Curtain Call promises new, edgier take on classic tale

Theatre: Curtain Call promises new, edgier take on classic tale

Submitted By David Ojakian

Curtain Call Performing Arts (CCPA) is set to premier the Broadway Enchanted version of Rogers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella," August 24-31 at the Castro Valley Center for the Arts. The show brings a dramatic conclusion to the company's fourth season with a new take on the classic tale, and showcases some of the Bay Area's best talent.

"Cinderella," is the classic story of a beautiful young woman put to task by her wicked stepmother, true love discovered at a royal ball, and a handsome prince to the rescue. But CCPA promises a version of the tale that has never been seen. Curtain Call brings the science fiction and fantasy of "Steampunk" to the coming-of-age tale, resulting in a feast for the eyes and ears. Referring to a genre that incorporates elements of science fiction, fantasy, and alternate history, Steampunk features technology, or futuristic innovations as Victorians might have envisioned, based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, and art. Unique and daring set and lighting design, paired with edgy costumes and the talent of the cast make this show a must-see for Bay Area theatre buffs, families, and casual fans alike.

"We've 'steampunked' Cinderella, making it as Rogers and Hammerstein has never been seen before," said Andrea Gorham, CCPA Co-Founder and Artistic Director. "The direction of the show allows us to push the envelope with set design, costumes, lighting, and staging with an edgier look that is all the trend in Hollywood and beyond. We can't wait to open this show," continued Gorham.

"Cinderella," featuring a cast and crew from around the Bay Area and beyond, is directed by Misty Megia (Pleasanton), with musical direction by Jedediah da Roza (Lafayette), and stars Catherine Williamson (San Leandro) as Cinderella, Matt Ono (Aiea, Hawaii) as the Prince, Kristina Stasi (San Francisco) as the Fairy Godmother, Kevin Foley (Castro Valley) as Lionel, Ali Lane as the Stepmother, Martie Muldoon (Livermore) as the Queen, Phil Smotherman, Jr. (Castro Valley) as the King, Alice Beittel (San Leandro) as Joy, and Kate Offer (Oakland) as Grace.

Ticket prices remain low at $25 for adults and $15 for students and seniors, offering an affordable entertainment value for live theatre. All shows will be performed at the Castro Valley Center for the Arts on the Castro Valley High School Campus. For tickets visit http://www.cvartsfoundation.com/ or call the box office at (510) 889-8961. For more information on the show and Curtain Call, visit http://www.curtaincallperformingarts.org/ or call (510) 909-9516. Follow Curtain Call Performing Arts, San Leandro on Facebook.

Cinderella
August 24-31
8 p.m., 2 p.m. matinees August 25 and 26
Castro Valley Center for the Arts
19501 Redwood Rd., Castro Valley
(510) 889-8961
http://www.curtaincallperformingarts.org/
Tickets: $15 students and seniors, $25 adults

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