Cinderella debuts in Silver BayIt's just like the big time. Theater goers who want reserved seats at the Lake Superior Community Theater production of Cinderella can now go online, choose their seat, pay for it with a credit card, and pick them up at the box office—ahead of the line of people who chose to buy them at the door.
By: Monica Isley, Lake County News Chronicle
It's just like the big time.
Theater goers who want reserved seats at the Lake Superior Community Theater production of Cinderella can now go online, choose their seat, pay for it with a credit card, and pick them up at the box office—ahead of the line of people who chose to buy them at the door.
That's still not as impressive as the performances themselves, however, which have become as professional as any seen anywhere—with the added fun of featuring friends and neighbors from far and wide.
And this year, while there's always a certain amount of magic in theater, the magic will be more obvious than ever as cast and crew offer the illusionary effects involved with fairy godmothers and pumpkins that turn into coaches.
"The challenge is in how to do it quickly, live and in front of people," said Paul Deaner, executive director. "But we're using some lighting, some fog—and a couple of things which I can't reveal."
To the script, which is the one originally written for Julie Andrews' television performance of the familiar story, they have added parts for "four delightfully wonderful elementary school children" who will play the fairies that accompany the fairy godmother.
And, Deaner said, director Scott Thun has added some sight gags that even includes a few members of the stage crew.
Curiouser and curiouser.
"They've even created a carriage path," Deaner said. "Scott wanted to do something special with the kids."
The carriage begins with booklets that have been passed out to elementary school kids around the area. The front cover invites them to trod the path, page two contains a color photo of Prince Charming and Cinderella, and page 3 leaves room for a photo of the child in front of the magic carriage.
"After the show, parents are invited to use their own cameras to photograph their children on stage with the magical carriage," Deaner said.
Page four of the carriage path booklet is blank, allowing children to get the autographs of the actors and actresses of their choice.
Deaner said there are 80-90 people from up and down the shore involved in the production, including 49 in the cast and 16 in the orchestra pit. Anna Sell (Cinderella) and Ted Wielinski (Prince Charming) are both from Two Harbors, while other members come from Silver Bay and Beaver Bay, Finland, Isabella, Tofte and Schroeder.
This year, the performances have been scheduled for two weekends to avoid having to turn away ticket buyers, as happened last year. There will be 7 p.m. shows on Friday and Saturday, April 17 and 18, and April 24 and 25, as well as a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, April 19.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.lsct.us and buyers may choose their seat. General admission seats will be available at the door, but for the first time, will be assigned seating.