Shake the cobwebs off those magic wands and dust off your glass slippers for Suwanee Performing Arts’ 2014 Broadway in the Park production of “Cinderella.”
A cast of 70 young, local performers and 30 backstage volunteers will bring Rogers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” as well as an original one-act play, “Spellbound – the Musical,” to the Town Center stage Friday and Saturday.
“Cinderella is a timeless story,” Broadway in the Park director Patty Etherton said. “It offers the best story and the best music and it’s so well put together.”
The Suwanee production is based on the 1997 Whitney Houston version, which is more condensed and funnier than the original 1957 musical starring Julie Andrews, Etherton said.
A classic fairy tale set to music, “Cinderella” is the story of a young woman forced into a life of servitude by her cruel stepmother and self-centered stepsisters. However, the heroine dreams of a better life and a chance to attend the prince’s ball.
With the assistance of her fairy godmother, Cinderella’s dreams come true.
“Spellbound – the Musical,” an original play created by Suwanee Performing Arts founders Etherton and Bernetta Bock Davis, provides the back story for Cinderella’s magical godmother. The one-act play takes place at The Academy of Magical Arts, where a young Annabel is convinced she is a failure because all of her spells turn to glass and don’t last through the night.
Broadway in the Park performances will begin at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Admission is free, but reserved premium seating is available for corporate and patron sponsors. Contact Suwanee Performing Arts at 678-482-6333 for information about reserved seating.
In addition, lawn seating in front of the stage is available on a first-come basis for $10 and is designed for young children. These tickets will be available at Town Center Park beginning at 4 p.m. on performance days. Magic wands and tiaras also will be available for purchase.
“This is a great opportunity to expose the entire community to quality performance art,” Etherton said. “The kids who audition never cease to amaze us with how talented they are. And the costuming and staging are top-notch, too. We’re proud to produce each year the kind of high-quality show that our audience wants to see.”
For more information or for tickets, visit suwaneeperformingarts.org.