By Jasmine Turner |Staff Writer|
I attended the play on Feb. 8. at Lifehouse Theatre in Redlands, California, where the characters successfully reenacted the story, “Cinderella.”
The play was held in a small theatre, where you could practically reach out and touch the stage. Families filled the theatre with smiles and anticipation for the musical production to start.
Pumpkin vines twisted around the outer top and bottom of the stage, connecting to a pumpkin at the top of the stage, that magically lit up the stage. The dazzling pumpkin would magically transition into a grand clock that would strike at midnight.
The magical tale begins with once upon a time narrated by the dazzling and vibrant Fairy Godmother, played by Diana Handy.
As the lights came up, the play is set in a little, old town, where all the townspeople come out and greet one another.
The cheery music begins and the whole cast begins to sing the musical number “Little Town.”
As the play goes on Cinderella returns home to find two mice and a lizard in her home. One of the mice is trapped in a mouse trap, so she frees him.
“I’m going to be mouse food…,” said Mortimer, played by Isaac Handy. The two mice and lizard befriend Cinderella and were constantly there for her.
The audience continuously laughed at their cute humor throughout the play.
Having little kids play the mice and lizard was a cute touch. The two mice and lizard delighted the audience in their musical number “A Lizard and two Mice are Nice.”
The play’s atmosphere was magical and the actors were phenomenal.
All the costumes were bright and colorful. Cinderella’s ball gown was my favorite. It had light blue puff sleeves and the skirt of the dress flowed out in a magical way.
As Cinderella is left at home cleaning, while her wicked stepmother and step sisters are at the ball she wishes she could also attend, her Fairy Godmother suddenly appears and urges her to go. Cinderella is hesitant.
“That’s the trouble with people these days… they don’t believe amazing things can happen,” said the Fairy Godmother.
The audience oohed and clapped when confetti was thrown up in the air, as Cinderella’s rags turned into a ball gown.
“My favorite scene is what we call ‘magic.’ This is when Cinderella’s dress quickly changes into her ball gown,” said Mark Wal, who played Cinderella’s father.
Lifehouse Theatre is a non-profit community theatre company that is independent and interdenominational.
Come out to support Lifehouse for their upcoming show “To Kill A Mockingbird” on Feb. 28-Mar. 22.