By Cindy Van Kampen
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The tale of Cinderella has always been the quintessential rags to riches story. Our heroine Cinderella is ultimately transformed at the end of the story from a persecuted servant girl to a beautiful princess. Who doesn’t love a feel-good story like that?
Timothy audiences will have a chance to experience it firsthand when the high school Drama Club presents Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella this weekend, April 20-22, in the Huizenga Auditorium.
Tryouts for the show were held right before Christmas break and the cast and crew has been immersed in all things Cinderella ever since.
Featured in the title role as Ella is sophomore Olivia Reamer. She is perfect as the spirited princess-in-waiting, embodying the character with sweet charm and a clear voice. Her evil family is perfectly portrayed by Anna Thompson (junior) as Madame the Evil Stepmother, and Anna Bardolph (sophomore) and Liz Canfield (junior) as the evil stepsisters, Gabrielle and Charlotte. Kudos to the makeup crew because their hairdos are seriously worth the price of admission. You will love to hate this dysfunctional trio! Sophomore Dana McAdam will astound you with her magical voice as the Fairy Godmother.
Theater veteran Adrian vanStee (sophomore) is totally proper in the role of Sebastian as he tries to keep Prince Topher, played by senior Jonah VanderNaald, under his control. Jonah has fabulous comedic timing and be sure to pay attention to his impressive equestrian skills! Will DeMey portrays Pinkleton with royal elegance and Devin Carr appears as the rabble-rouser Jean Michel. The rest of the supporting cast, ranging from mice to party guests, bring a joyful energy to the entire production.
However, the show could not go on without other key positions. The pit orchestra is led by Mr. Doug Pelt, bringing the well-loved score to life. Mr. Troy Blunier helped construct the sets which were then decorated by the sets committee. The Tech Crew has been a quiet, but crucial piece, ensuring that the sound cues go off correctly, microphones are working, and lights go on and off as required. Ms. Cindy Wagle has been busy altering costumes, which helped supplement some of the beautiful costumes that were rented for this production.
And, tying the whole production together are directors Mrs. Deanna Markos and Mrs. Katie Crichton. Both ladies are Timothy parents and have years of experience both on the stage and behind-the-scenes in production. They are present in every detail, ranging from answering questions such as, 'Do I need one or two petticoats?' to securing a slingshot for Prince Topher’s epic dragon battle.
A new addition to the typical TC performance schedule is the Saturday morning show. It is a family-friendly time for little ones and also will offer a Q&A with the cast as well as backstage tours and photo opportunities.
The cast and crew have discussed what the overall theme of the show is and they decided it was: To have kindness and compassion. To follow your heart. This idea fits in beautifully with our school theme this year which is: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21).
So, as you enjoy this beautifully constructed show where our students are transformed to royalty and evil steps and footmen and Fairy Godmothers, we can be grateful for the transforming work of Christ. For nothing is impossible with Him!
Tickets are still available and you can click here for show times and ticket information.