‘Cinderella’ waltzes on stage
The Performing Arts Guild of Nevada County will open its production of “Cinderella” today at the Center for the Arts.
Along with staging the timeless tale this fall, the children’s theater company, the Center for the Arts and the Cinderella Project will host a gala ball Nov. 14.
The musical production, co-directed by Paulette Rudolph and Mila Johansen, with artistic direction, choreography and script also by Johansen, and costumes by Jeanniene Watson, was freely adapted from the classic fairy tale.
The original music, with its captivating catchy tunes, is peppered throughout the entire play bringing to life the many characters in this beloved fairy tale, according to PAG.
“Our young actors will surprise and delight you with their acting and singing abilities. Amber Busse and Baylee Bulick play the part of Cinderella on alternating days with beauty, grace and amazing talent,” said Rudolph.
Sloane Morton plays the Prince with great flair and finesse while adding just the right amount of humor to brighten the day of any audience member, she added.
Surprises await as some characters such as the evil stepmother and stepsisters present their characters with rollicking waves of hilarity, comparable to any professional or animated production, according to PAG.
“We are so proud of these young developing actors and are anxious to share their talents with our community audiences,” Rudolph said.
The production runs the first two weekends in November. The 7 p.m. showing today is a special preview, with all tickets $5. Additional performances are at 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 7 p.m. Nov. 14 and again at 2 p.m. Nov. 15 and 16.
Tickets for the musical are $10 for adults in advance, or $12 at the door, $4 for children 12 and under in advance, or $6 at the door, and are available at The Book Seller, BriarPatch Co-op and the Center for the Arts Box Office.
Experience Nevada County Performing Arts Guild’s production of “Cinderella” in style at the Cinderella Gala Ball. The community is invited to an evening of elegance and children’s theater. Bring your child or grandchild and dance with the stars of PAG’s “Cinderella.” Arrive early for drinks and appetizers in the Granucci Gallery.
Attendees are encouraged to dress up and Fairy Godmothers will be in attendance to spread the word about the Cinderella Project and may even grant a wish or two.
At 7 p.m. Nov. 14, PAG will present its musical rendition of “Cinderella.” After the performance, dessert and champagne will be served in the lobby where patrons can mix and mingle with the actors. The evening will close with a group waltz lesson and an open dance floor.
The special event is a fundraiser for the Center for the Arts Youth Programs. The programs provide underwriting for PAG, scholarships to Summer Art Camps, and low cost supplemental literary and art curriculum to the local schools. They are able to do this only through the support of local businesses, foundation grants and individual supporters.
PAG is in its 30th year and is dedicated to educating the public, especially children, in the performing arts and literature. It produces three major theatrical productions a year with casts of 30 to 40 young people.
The Cinderella Project provides special occasion dresses and accessories free of charge and, while the girls focus on the dress, they focus on building self-esteem. Their mission is to ensure that any young woman in the community is able to realize the positive life experience of attending their high school prom.
Tickets to the gala ball are $30 for adults and $20 for children. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Center’s box office at 530-274-8384, ext. 14.
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