CRT shines and tells a fairytale with pizzazz
Photos courtesy of CRT The Creede Repertory Theatre (CRT) opened the production of ‘Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella’ on June 30 and audiences have been magically captivated by this Broadway adaptation of the classic fairytale ever since.
CREEDE — Fairytales are an important part of any childhood. Takes as old as time shaped the fortunes of many and continue to do so for years to come. One such fairytale — “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella” — hit center stage at the Creede Repertory Theatre this past week and nothing short of magic happened.
This play featured a 13-actor principal with returning cast members from other notable plays from previous years. Music by Richard Rodgers with Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and based on the new book by Douglas Carter Beane that adds a twist to the original book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Directed by Brittni Shambaugh Addison, “This 2013 Broadway adaptation of the classic story crackles with sweetness and freshness and features new characters, a hilarious libretto by Tony-award winning playwright Douglas Carter Beane, exciting twists, and the classic score by Rodgers and Hammerstein featuring unforgettable songs such as ‘In My Own Little Corner,’ ‘Impossible/It’s Possible’ and ‘Ten Minutes Ago.’
The stage props greet guests and create a fairytale atmosphere that catches the eye and keeps the play moving throughout the performance. Intricate flowers weave their way up curving stairs that bring the play to life as 13 actors dance, sing and meander across the stage captivating audiences along the way.
The storyline is just unique enough to tell the tale of this beloved fairytale in a whole new way while keeping true to the original story. Heidi Carann Snider once again brings her devotion to the stage in her character Ella and her bright disposition shines throughout the entire play.
Alongside Carann Snider, Tony King, who played Prince Topher, Ella’s counterpart, brought a sense of masculinity to the stage that could not be matched with a side of humor and audiences immediately fell in love. King and Carann Snider made for the perfect stage couple, star-crossed lovers and fairytales come true throughout the production.
The entire cast of the performance were the perfect combination of humor, life-lessons and endearing creatures which made “Hammerstein’s Cinderella” one that cannot be missed for theatre goers this year. Each character played by cast members from CRT brought the stage to life and helped to create the perfect fairytale production of the beloved story.
The musical staff with Andy Hudson on piano, Megan Rayl on Cello and Dawson Horey masterfully playing reed instruments was almost as enchanting to watch as the play itself. Each band member brought with them a theatrical presence that made the production of “Hammerstein’s Cinderella” even more enchanting and imaginative, taking it to the top of the must-see productions so far this year.
For a full schedule of “Cinderella” along with other events and performances for the 2023 season, visit www.creederep.org.