|Enchanted evening awaits theater-goers |
|Posted: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 10:00 pm |
By CHRIS MENEES
Jalyn Mosley, playing the role of Joy, desperately tries to squeeze her foot into a glass slipper under the watchful eye of her sister, Grace, played by Zoe Ramage
It will be an enchanted evening.
Actually, it will be several enchanted evenings when Masquerade Theatre presents a three-weekend run of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella: Enchanted.”
The family-friendly, modern-day version of the classic fairy tale will open Friday night at the Capitol Theatre in downtown Union City.
The timeless enchantment of the magical fairy tale “Cinderella” has been reborn with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance, according to Masquerade Theatre. It was originally presented on television in 1957 with Julie Andrews in the title role and was remade in 1997 with Brandy as Cinderella and the late Whitney Houston as her fairy godmother.
The “Enchanted” edition is based on the 1997 teleplay and Masquerade’s version is set in modern-day Upper East Side Manhattan. It features lively music and choreography — including a flash mob to open the first act and a ballroom scene in the second act — and both tender and comical moments sure to entertain the entire family.
Whitney Reynolds is cast in the title role of Cinderella and Cody Speed is playing the part of Prince Christopher, the young royal who becomes enchanted by the sweet Cinderella.
Rebekah Watford plays the fairy godmother, who is called into service to help Cinderella prepare for the ball, and Angie Morrow takes on the role of the stepmother, who is determined to keep Cinderella under wraps and instead snag the prince for her two daughters: Grace, played by Zoe Ramage, and Joy, played by Jalyn Mosley, who are Cinderella’s stepsisters.
The prince’s parents, Queen Constantina and King Maximillian, are played by Susan Searcy and Michael Poore.
The cast also includes Alex Pegram as Lionel, Andrew Speed as Brodee and Joey Cochran as Josef, the royal stewards; Jamie Shelby as Julie, Cara Brewer as Leslie, Tevin Wilkerson as Jaques and Malik Johnson as Gus, Cinderella’s “animal” friends; and Hollie Holt as Macy, Trish Peery as Tiffany, Katy Searcy as Milan and Taylor Moore as Evian, the friends of the stepmother and stepsisters.
Young Cinderella is played by Ella Virgin and her father is played by JoMykel Hepler.
The Masquerade Ball dancers include Michaela Cochran, JoMykel Hepler, Robinson Little, Shayla Mosley, Zach Reed, Rebecca Robb, Kimberly Schwartz, Aaron Scott, Amber Smith and Alexandria Yanders.
Among those cast as Upper East Side Villagers to round out the cast are Connie Cochran, Sacchi Doss, Caterra Fulton, Todd Little, Ashley Marshall, Hailey Preuett, Linda St. Clair, Jacob Virgin, Carlie Vowell and J.T. Watford.
The play is being directed by Jenny Virgin and produced by Jarred and Beth Ann Clayton, with Jonathan Watford serving as music director and Delinda Goad as choreographer. The assistant director is Jonathan Johnson and Jared Hamlin is costumer.
The production will feature Masquerade’s new digital background, which allows a variety of dramatic and colorful scenes to be projected onto a large screen on the set.
Times & tickets
Masquerade’s performances of “Cinderella: Enchanted” will be spread over three weekends through March 11. Shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, as well as March 2-3 and March 9-10; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, in addition to March 4 and, finally, March 11.
Tickets are $15 each and are available in advance at Lanzer Printing and Office Supply in downtown Union City. They will also be available at the theater box office prior to shows.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Published in The Messenger 2.22.12