Description:

The timeless enchantment of the magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance.

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I am so excited to be working with the talent of CYT to bring Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella to life!
This show is great for all ages and has roles for all levels! Whether you are looking for a lead or just wanting to wear a costume and stand in the stage lights, there are many characters’ shoes to fill.
Cinderella is a fairytale that is familiar to most. Ask almost anyone and they can likely name their top 3 versions of the tale, if not more. No matter which version is your most beloved, they are all filled with magic and wonder. This show is full of moments that will make our audience oo and ah, while also asking the question “how did they do that?”.
Many great actresses have portrayed the gentle and kind character for which the story is named; it was voiced by Ilene Woods in the Disney classic (1950) and Lily James brought Cinderella to life in the live action in (2015).  Anne Hathaway (2004), Hillary Duff (2004) Selena Gomez (2008), and most recently, Camila Cabello (2021) have participated in adaptations of the classic tale. Rodgers and Hammerstein Cinderellas include, Julie Andrews (1957), Lesley Ann Warren (1965), and Brandy (1997), to name a few.
I don’t like to look at Fairytale Princesses as damsels in distress. To me, they are all strong women who persevere through difficult situations. Often we meet them in a rough chapter of life, but they are surviving and enduring the hand that has been dealt them, usually with a smile on their face and song in their heart. Throughout the Bible, God lays hardship at the feet of his strongest followers, those that keep the faith and remain steadfast. Though faced with a serpent of a stepmother, Cinderella remains a bright light in a house of darkeness.
We are led to believe that Cinderella had caring parents and a simple, yet charmed life before the loss of her mother. Her father loved her dearly and thought he was doing right by her in remarrying. He could never have foreseen the treatment this new “mother” would bring, or imagine leaving her an orphan in her home where she would be used as a servant instead of being loved and cared for.
In the Grimms version of the story, Cinderella is greeted by a dove each day while visiting her mother’s grave.  In the end, the dove pecks out the eyes of her stepmother and stepsisters on her wedding day. Doves are a representation of hope in the Bible. While not as aggressive as this little bird, our Fairy Godmother represents the dove in our story. For Cinderella, Fairy Godmother is a steadfast presence who lifts her up and encourages her.
Cinderella makes the most out of her situation, befriending nature and extending grace and kindness to the people she encounters, good and bad. She never loses hope, and the memory of her mother and father help her to remember that love and happiness do exist.
Princesses are often painted as being “rescued”. While it is true that Cinderella and the Prince fall in love on an expedited timeline, it doesn’t make their love any less real. Musicals are on a timeline after all. Cinderella is not a helpless woman. She is cunning, gentle, caring, and strong. Any man would be lucky to share a life with her, and the Prince seems just as enchanted by her as she is with him. We all daydream, imagine, and wish for things beyond our immediate reach. The story of Cinderella is the ultimate daydream come to fruition.

Dates / Times:

  • Friday, Nov 11th @ 7:00pm
  • Saturday, Nov 12th @ 2:00pm
  • Saturday, Nov 12th @ 7:00pm
  • Sunday, Nov 13th @ 2:00pm
  • Friday, Nov 18th @ 7:00pm
  • Saturday, Nov 19th @ 2:00pm
  • Saturday, Nov 19th @ 7:00pm
  • Sunday, Nov 20th @ 2:00pm
Tickets go on sale Saturday September 17, 2022 at 12:00am

Ticket Prices:


The Crighton Theatre:

234 N Main Street, Conroe, TX 77301


Show Notes:

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Auditions:
Venue - Klein United Methodist Church
Sept. 2: Vocal + Dance Auditions (dance auditions for everyone 6:15pm -7:15pm)
Sept. 3: Callbacks

You must be enrolled in a fall session class in order to sign up for an audition time slot. To sign up for a vocal audition time slot or edit the time slot:
  • Log into your CYT family account through the website.
  • Navigate to the family member on your dashboard.
  • Click the Tools drop down box and choose Auditions.
  • Appointment times may be edited here.

You will have 2 minutes to shine! All those auditioning should be prepare a 1 minute song, and perform a minute or less monologue. Choose a song from Classical Musical Theater that showcases your range and most importantly reveals your character, paying close attention to the Director’s Vision Statement (scroll up on this page). Other Rodgers and Hammerstein songs would be a great place to look for an audition song!
You will be asked to stop if the audition exceeds 2 minutes.

The deadline to submit the audition packet is Wednesday, August 31.
Please bring your music converted and precut on your own device, and make sure it can be plugged into a speaker, not Bluetooth. 

Complete your Audition Packets HERE!

Rehearsals:
Venue - Klein United Methodist Church
Fridays (6:00pm-9:30pm) & Saturdays (9:30 Praise and Worship, 10:00-3:00 Rehearsals)
Call times may vary and will be posted each week on the Callboard by Wednesday evening.
 
Rehearsal Schedule:
September 9-10
September 16-17
September 23-24
September 30
October 1
October 7-8
October 14-15
October 21-22
October 28-29
November 4-5


Mandatory Parent Meetings -  Friday, September 9th ; Friday, November 4th
Feedback Sessions – TBD
Promo Pics - TBD
Character Portraits –  TBD
School Day Show - November 11
Tech Week - November 7-10
Performances - November 11-13, 17-19, Crighton Theatre

Artistic Team:
Director - Christina Haynes
Assistant Director- Hannah Yeates
Vocal Director- Lucas Olivarez
Choreographer-  Melody Johnson

Please email the show coordinator, Lacy Billings, at Lacy@cythouston.org with any questions.

For more information, please visit CYT Houston's Parent Hub.
 


Characters:

Cinderella

Kind and patient, Cinderella was left by her late father to live with her stepmother and stepsisters, who have forced her into a life of housework and serving their many needs. Alone, Cinderella dreams of living an exciting life elsewhere. When it’s announced that the Prince is giving a ball for the Kingdom, she helps her stepsisters and stepmother prepare, and wishes she could attend. Her mysterious Godmother arrives at just the right time, and magically grants Cinderella's "impossible" wish, with one condition: she must be home by the stroke of midnight.

Prince Charming

His Royal Highness Prince Christopher Rupert has just returned from his studies abroad. Now, the King and Queen are throwing him a ball at the palace in hopes that he will meet a special lady who will become his bride. On the big night, the Prince unexpectedly falls in love with a lovely, mysterious girl who abruptly leaves at midnight. To find her, he must search the entire kingdom with his only memento of her – a glass slipper.

Fairy Godmother

Mysterious and puckish, Cinderella's Fairy Godmother is always looking over Cinderella, whom she loves very much. When Cinderella is left alone to her chores on the evening of the ball, Fairy Godmother uses magic to grant Cinderella's wish of attending the festivities. Later, when all seems lost, Fairy Godmother reappears just in time to reunite the lovers.

King

His Majesty the King is less than excited by the prospect of planning a costly ball, but he loves his queen very much and will do anything to make her happy, even if it means adorning new formal attire.

Queen

Her Majesty, with no recent events for the kingdom’s citizens to enjoy, she is eager to throw a grand ball and find her son a bride.

Stepmother

Cinderella's Stepmother is determined to marry off her two daughters, who are just as cruel and malicious as their mother. Miserably greedy, she would very much like to see one of her daughters marry a prince, though she is less than confident in the girls’ natural charm or wit. Stepmother is cunning and sly. While absolutely wicked on the inside, on the exterior she is attractive and very vain. She works hard to maintain an essence of youth and beauty, and has concern over securing her social standing and status in the community.

The Stepsisters

Petty, haughty, and selfish, Stepmother’s two daughters take pleasure in demeaning and abusing Cinderella. Despite their utter lack of charm, grace or tact, the sisters nonetheless consider themselves worthy of the Prince’s adoration. These two are a comedic duo. They should work in tandem. There should be a fluidity in the way they play off of one another. They are completely different personalities, but they are a unit. -JOY- lacks the happiness and lightheartedness that you would expect to accompany her name. -PORTIA- Does not exhibit any of the brilliance of her namesake, of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. These 2 characters should play well off one another and have good banter.

Herald

The Herald makes his way through town decreeing “The Prince is Giving a Ball”. They have a prominent singing role. This character should be able to command attention and demand all eyes on them.

Chef

Chef is planning a fancy feast for the ball and notifies the King of his menu, much to the King’s dismay.

Steward

The Steward wants to be sure that the palace is seen in the finest light at the upcoming festivity.

Groups of Characters

This show has many great solo opportunities, roles with lines, as well as some fun dancing. Other groups of characters include: Castle Staff Townspeople Cinderella’s Carriage Attendants Mice Horses Ballroom Dancers Guests Each of these categories offer opportunities for a featured moment in the show.

Cinderella’s Carriage Attendants

Ballroom Dancers

Guests

Townspeople

Mice

Horses

Minister

Castle Staff