Classic fairytale comes to life with transformation of girl into a princess
Foothill Music Theatre brings Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical to the Smithwick Theatre in Los Gatos Hills.
This Cinderella has a few new twists that the rewritten book by Douglas Carter Beane brings this old classic up to date. Cinderella (a delightful Christina Lea) is thoughtful and bright and looks to better her life and help the people living in her kingdom. Her sisters (played by Melissa Gladini and Gwyneth Forrester) are no longer silly and ugly but are less thoughtful and unkind and are searching a better future for themselves. Edward Clark takes on the role of Topher the unsure, sensitive young prince and Jamine Johnson as Madame, Cinderella’s selfish step-mom doesn’t deter anyone from their journey. The large ensemble cast carries the production to elevated heights with choreography by Lee Ann Payne and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s music that includes “My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible,” “Ten Minutes Ago” and “Do I Love you Because You’re Beautiful?”
Director Milissa Carey takes her cast on a fun joy ride that includes the change from a pumpkin to carriage complete with drivers. Costumer Designer Lisa Rozman’s colorful costumes and the quick change from rages to a beautiful gown, are interesting, when Cinderella’s Fairy God Mother (Angela Cesena) sends her off to the ball. Scenic designer Kuo-Hao Lo and Lighting Designer Michael Ramsaur create great moments throughout. Musical Director Daniel Feyer conducts his eleven fine musicians to ultimate perfection.
Foothill Music Theatre production of “Cinderella” offers an exuberant talented cast for a fairy-tale to make a young woman’s dreams come true with a handsome prince.
Camille Bounds is the Theatre and Arts columnist for Morgan Hill and Gilroy life.
“Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella”
Where: Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College 12345 El Monte Road – Los Altos Hills
Through: August 4
Time: 2 hours and thirty minutes with one intermission
Information and reservations: call (650) 949-7360 or visit www.foothillmusicals.com