‘Cinderella’ comes to Vail Sunday and Monday
VAIL — Expect the traditional story, but with a twist, at the Children’s Theatre School performance of “Cinderella” on Sunday and Monday evenings in Vail.
“It has lots of comedy, singing and dancing, so it’s perfect for kids,” said Gretta Assaly, the director who has been working to put the performance together.
Based on the fairy tale by Charles Perrault, the children will perform a magical retelling of a most beloved story — a version created specifically for young actors and actresses by Prince Street Players. There are even some new characters in the mix, like goofy King Darling III, his sidekick the helpful court jester and lots of Fairy Godmother helpers.
Taking place at 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, boys and girls from throughout Eagle County have been rehearsing all week for their big debut.
“It’s going to be a great show,” said confident 10 year old Hayley Bill, who plays Cinderella during Sunday’s performance.
Ranging in age from 8 to 15, the children gathered in Vail Christian High School’s auditorium this week to practice songs like “Hi-diddle-dee,” among many others, ending each song with big smiles and beaming faces.
“Some of them have never even stepped on stage before, and they’re doing great,” Assaly said.
Moving on up
The Children’s Theatre School has been doing summer productions for more than 20 years, and although some of the young thespians may be new to the spotlight, many of them been doing it almost as long as they’ve been alive.
Nine year old Addie Maurer has been acting for six years and plays the lead role of Cinderella in Monday’s show.
“I’m excited because it’s my first lead role, and the show has a lot of funny characters,” Maurer said. “There’s lots of running around on stage too, so it’s a good work out.”
Eagle County is filled with lots of young talent, which is one of the main reason’s Assaly brought The Children’s Theatre School, which is based in Wisconsin, to the mountains many years ago. The school teaches much more than the importance of learning your lines.
Assisting the cast, intern directors and theater mentors have been working hard to help with the production.
“It’s going really well and we’ve gotten really close as a family,” said Camryn Woodworth. “It’s fun to help and work with the new kids every year.”
Woodworth has been with the Children’s Theatre School for six years and has played roles such as Peter Pan, a munchkin and the talking door in “Alice in Wonderland.” She’s been helping as a young intern with “Cinderella” in addition to her role as Stepmother.
“She’s really moved up in the world,” Assaly said. “We really couldn’t do it without any of their help.”
Getting on stage and singing your heart out is a bold feat, and memorizing an entire script can be especially challenging. Prince Charming characters Jimmy Pavelich and Luke Wilson both agreed that after lots of practice, the lines became much easier.
“My favorite part about being on stage is having everyone look up at me,” Wilson said.
Just as “Cinderella” teaches, life is about pursing dreams, and for the children, getting on stage is a start to theirs.
“Dreams can come true, but they require dedication,” Assaly said. “And it takes lots of it to make something like this happen.”
With such enchanting rehearsals, the groups performance will likely be nothing short of magical. Just be sure to park your pumpkin carriage safely and leave your evil stepmother at home.
Allyson Litt is an intern for the Vail Daily. Email her at email@example.com.