To celebrate the holiday season, Chestatee High School’s performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” will add a sense of magic to the hustle and bustle.
The “enchanted version” of the original 1957 play comes with more enchanted elements, according to Jeff Kelly, drama director at CHS.
“‘Wit,’ (the last play), was very adult oriented, emotional and hard-hitting. The drama department needs some diversity, and with ‘Cinderella,’ we get elegant music that is very formal, opposed to pop music nowadays, and ‘Cinderella’ is great family show, which we try to have every year,” Kelly said.
Chestatee will run four performances of the show: Dec. 10-12 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. in the Chestatee High School auditorium located at 3005 Sardis Road in Gainesville.
Tickets for the performance are $7 and can be purchased at the ticket window. Faculty of Hall County get free admission, though a school ID is required.
The cast includes actors from all four grade levels, with Grace Fawcett as Ella and Eliseo Sotelo as Christopher, the Rodgers and Hammerstein’s version of Prince Charming.
“When people hear Cinderella, they think of talking mice, the angry cat and the Disney film, when in reality, the original version had none of those,” Kelly said.
Susan Barber, a senior at CHS who portrays the evil stepmother, appreciates the musical scenes scattered throughout the performance.
“In the beginning scene we sing about the prince holding a ball, and I love any time when the entire cast is out on stage together,” Barber said.
The musical will be split into two acts, allowing for a brief intermission, where audience members can purchase snacks and drinks.
Sponsorships are also available through the Drama Department Booster Club. The booster club will be present at the performance all four nights.
“It’s been fun,” said Cameron Lucas, who will portray the royal steward in the show. “I like the nontraditional aspect of this version, because it is not as strict but is open to interpretation instead.”