‘Cinderella Kids’

The timeless fairy tale meets the magic of Disney in this musical adaptation of the treasured animated film. Poor Cinderella is endlessly mistreated by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters and denied a chance to go to the Royal Ball. With a little help from her mice friends, and a lot of help from her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella goes to the ball, and the rest is the magic of which dreams are made. Disney’s “Cinderella Kids” will be presented on Feb. 28, March 1, 2, at 7 p.m. and on March 3 at 2 p.m.

The cast and crew have extended beyond their stage performance by adding a few elements that will create a fun time for area young people and also help a local non-profit organization, the New Hope Assistance Dogs. A children’s tea party is planned for Saturday, Feb. 23 at 11 a.m. for parents who have little ones who love to play prince or princess. The young guests may come wearing their favorite prince or princess costume. Several of the Cinderella cast members will be present to meet with the children and pose for photos. Those attending the tea will decorate their own tiaras or shields and a Cinderella cut out cookie, get autographs from the cast members, and enjoy royal refreshments and some entertainment from the show. Tickets are available at the theater office for this event and must be purchased in advance. Seating is limited.

As part of the 26 Acts of Kindness, remembering the children and teachers of Sandy Hook Elementary school, the cast members and production team have created more than 40 magical wands to sell during the shows. The wands will be sold for $10 each with all proceeds going to the New Hope Assistance Dogs of Warren County in memory of the children, principal and teachers. New Hope Dogs Inc. provides highly skilled mobility, autism related hearing and therapy dogs for adults and children with disabilities. The cast enjoyed a visit from Barb Ruhlman and Cinda Tarr from the organization and New Hope Dog, Earl, and puppy, Katie.

The highly trained Earl is no stranger to the Struthers Library Theatre stage having performed the role of Sandy in Warren Players production of “Annie.” The visit by the New Hope Dogs was a show rehearsal highlight.

This Jack-In-The-Box performance is directed by Sue Spencer and produced by Jennifer Morley. Assistant director is Logan Beard, and stage manager is Mayan Cook. Assistants are Chris Snyder and Amanda Rice. Christine Kuntz was rehearsal pianist for the show. Barb Crowley is designing the lights, and Elise Brown will run sound. Adrianna Gee, Grace Hagberg, Rebekah Casey, Jeff Ewing and Greg Waterman will work stage crew. Costumes are being created by Charmaine Check, Dixie Brumagin, Elaine Crandall, Mary DeFabio, Ann Ferguson, Bobbi Hessley, Kay Johnson, Jan Peterson, Ann Wortman and Chris Yarzabeck. Sets are being finished by Greg Waterman and crew. Painting sets are Jen Morley and Belinda Brohn.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, and are available at the theater office (723-7231) or online at www.strutherslibrarytheatre.com. Children age 5 and younger are free. Handicapped seating and assisted listening devices are available, free of charge, by reservation.

Disney’s Cinderella Kids is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). With a beautiful score including “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” and the classic “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo,” Disney’s Cinderella Kids” will charm its way into your heart, and remind you that dreams really can come true.