Enchanted weekend

By on April 11, 2011

The Ephrata High School cast of the musical Cinderella is ready for a magical weekend of shows Friday and Saturday night, and Sunday afternoon. Shown are (front) Abby Miles and Mark Bilik, as Cinderella and her prince; (back, l-r) Abby Ashton as Portia; Santina Quaranta, Joy; Kaitlyn Tothero, stepmother; Georgia Miller, godmother; Katelyn Dundore, queen; Vadim Maltsev, king. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

"Cinderella, a charming Rodgers and Hammerstein musical for the whole family, will be presented at Ephrata High School on April 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. and on April 10 at 2 p.m. Director David Dierwechter announced that a special treat has been added to the weekend show. Cinderella will be available for photos with children in the audience after each performance. The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers and Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella 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 and more than a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike still soar when the slipper fits. The cast includes Abby Miles as Cinderella; Mark Bilik as the prince; Georgia Miller as the godmother; Kaitlyn Tothero as the stepmother; Abby Ashton as Portia; Santina Quaranta as Joy; Vadim Maltsev as the king; Katelyn Dundore as the queen; Zak Straley as Herald; Brent Keath as the chef; Mitchell Sensenig as the steward; Alec Lechlitner as the footman/guard; Byron Stanavage as the footman; Brandon Straley as the clumsy man; Matt Heckel as the minister. The ensemble includes Toby Brockmeyer, Mary Covert, Leah Engle, Antionet Hersh, Taylor Hoefner, Rachel Holochuck, Melissa Kreider, Eric Longenecker, Tim Lynch, Deb Martin, Shaianna Neufeld, Alyssa Olsen, Adriana Roth, Ashley Sauder, Hannah Smith, Kyle Smith, Becky Wanner, Landis Wenger. Student directors are Emily Funk and Hannah Matangos; and stage manager is Meagan Klinger. Reserved seats are available by calling the theater box office at 721-1592 or by e-mail at easdpa.org. Tickets are $5 for students and children and $8 for adults. All unsold seats will be available at the box office before each performance. More CINDERELLA, page A18

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