CLARENCE — North Cedar’s drama department will be performing Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella this weekend, a classic story you will want to see yet again.
This is the first time in a long time North Cedar has done a Broadway version of a musical. This means the actors have had to get used to longer practice times because of a more difficult script. But that doesn’t mean it will be bad.
Performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., at the Debra Harms theater.
With the recruitment of a new choir teacher, North Cedar’s drama students also have had to get used to Nicole Miller’s way of teaching.
“One of the biggest challenges we’ve had this year is putting the vocals together with the instrumentalists,” she said. “It’s been so long since we’ve had a real live pit” they’ve had to figure out how to put vocals and instruments together.
Terry Flory, North Cedar’s play director, has had to push her students beyond their limits to bring out their full potential. She is proud of all of the time and effort everyone has put into Cinderella to make it a success.
Jill Powers, the director of the high school band, has organized the pit band. Katelyn McKone is directing the pit band while Powers will be playing the piano.
“I’m so excited to provide this opportunity to the students because having an actual pit band adds another element to the artistic experience,” Powers said.
Having a pit band also allows for more people to participate in the musical, even if they aren’t actors.
The students performing in this musical have had to put a lot more effort into this performance.
“It takes a lot of time and it takes a lot of effort to get your lines down, especially with practices almost every day,” said Marty McAtee, who plays the king.
The students involved in the show really like how this musical is turning out. Shelby Slaton, who plays the godmother, has always been fond of Cinderella.
This is a dream come true for her.
“I’m glad our last musical is Cinderella because growing up I watched that movie nonstop,” she said. “Now that I am grown up, instead of watching it, I’m performing it and I love that I can reflect back to when I was young and still be in awe of how wonderful of a show it is.”
Jaylin Pearson, who plays Cinderella, is glad she gets to perform as Cinderella because “it makes me actually feel confident. I’ve always wanted to put on a big pretty dress and dance at a ball.”
This is the first time she’s gotten the lead in one of the plays so she is very excited to show her talent. With her acting and beautiful voice, she’s sure to stun the audience.