Our next production for 2018....... R&H’s ‘Cinderella The Musical’

Want to know a bit more about R&H’s ‘Cinderella The Musical’ our next exciting WAOS production? Firstly – no – it is not a pantomime!!! There have been many fairytale stories over the years that are brought to life as stage musicals......think ‘Beauty and The Beast’, ‘Aladdin’, even ‘Frozen’ now on Broadway. ‘Cinderella’ by Rodgers and Hammerstein was probably the first of these - the timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with all the R&H hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance.

Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, the musical was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. Its recreation in 1965 starring Lesley Ann Warren was no less successful in transporting a new generation to the miraculous kingdom of dreams-come-true, and so was a second remake in 1997, which starred Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as her Fairy Godmother.

As adapted for the stage, with great warmth, a beautiful score and more than a touch of hilarity (there are lots of these!), the hearts of children and adults alike still soar when the slipper finally fits. We will be doing the Enchanted Edition based on the modern 1997 teleplay – so it will be modern, a traditional show delivered in an up-to-date fast-moving way – without forgetting the touches of magic along the way. Old shows don’t need to be dated; we will be working hard to bring it to life for today.

There are 6 principal roles for the ladies – Cinderella (of course), the Fairy Godmother, the wicked Stepmother, the two Stepsisters and the Queen. All are significant roles. For the men, there are 3 main roles – Christopher the Prince, Lionel his Steward and the King, again all have a lot to do. This will be a full company show with lots to get involved in – from townsfolk, market sellers, servants at the royal household, guests at the ball etc......There will also be a lot of choreography for the dancers – both ladies and gents – and company and dancers will be added in to as much of the show as possible. Some energetic dance numbers where possible in ‘The Prince is giving a ball’ for example, and more sedate in the elegant grand waltz scenes of the Ball.

It is a new show for all of us, but another winner from R&H I would suggest. A truly beautiful score combined with a good amount of humour and magical touches. Not necessarily easy from a staging point of view but we love a challenge! If you still aren’t sure, take a look at the 1997 film version starring Brandy, Whitney Houston, Bernadette Peters and Whoopi might just be surprised and see why we are excited to be bringing this rather unknown musical to the Witham stage!