"Cinderella" casts its spell at UNT this September
A Play for Young People
Dramatized by Charlotte B. Chorpenning
Directed by Lorenzo Garcia
When: 10 a.m. Sept. 27, 28 and 29 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday)
7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 and 29 (Friday and Saturday)
2 p.m. Sept. 30 (Sunday)
(NOTE: Performances at 10 a.m. Sept. 27 and 10 a.m. Sept. 28 are sold out.)
Where: Studio Theatre in the Radio, Television, Film and Performing Arts (RTFP) Building, corner of Welch and Chestnut streets
Cost: $7.50 is for children, students, UNT faculty/staff, seniors
Tickets will go on sale Sept. 13. School and group discounts available.
Contact: 940-565-2428 or www.danceandtheatre.unt.edu
DENTON (UNT), Texas -- The classic tale of the kind and beautiful Cinderella will charm audiences at the University of North Texas this September, as the UNT Department of Dance and Theatre opens its Fall 2012 season with a family-friendly production.
Geared toward ages 5 to 9, Cinderella will be performed at 10 a.m. Sept. 27, 28 and 29 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday), 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 and 29 (Friday and Saturday) and 2 p.m. Sept. 30 (Sunday) in the Studio Theatre in the Radio, Television, Film and Performing Arts (RTFP) Building, corner of Welch and Chestnut streets. (NOTE: Performances at 10 a.m. Sept. 27 and 10 a.m. Sept. 28 are sold out.)
Tickets are $10 for adults and $7.50 for students, UNT faculty and staff members and seniors and go on sale Sept. 13. For ticket information, call 940-565-2428 or visit www.danceandtheatre.unt.edu.
The story line may be a little different from the version of Cinderella with which many children are familiar. In this version, Cinderella lives with her mother and sisters – not a stepmother and stepsisters. But the story of Cinderella's inner kindness remains true -- and of course, Cinderella still meets her prince at the ball.
"We still have the wonderful intrigue and the search for love that ends with success," said Dr. Lorenzo Garcia, chair of the Department of Dance and Theatre and director of the production.
Sarah Baston, a junior theater major from Grapevine, plays the role of Cinderella.
"One of my big goals is to work in theater -- possibly a children's theater – so I was excited about taking part in this children's show," said Baston, a recipient of the Bill and Ann Stokes scholarship for the 2012-13 academic year. quot;I like this adaptation of the production because Cinderella doesn't look like a victim. She is more realistic, which I appreciate, and audiences will be able to connect to it."
Students from a Denton elementary school are scheduled to attend the sold-out performances at 10 a.m. Sept. 27 and 28.
"Having the students here fits with the notion of making connections and opening our borders to the community to come to UNT," Garcia said. quot;My hope is that they will have an occasion when they will go back to their classrooms and discuss the play. They could discuss what meaning they create out of that event and what life lessons they are extrapolating from the experience of Cinderella that might relate to their own. That is part of what I call the aesthetic experience -- making meaning out of all the imagery and words and actions you see before you."
True to the historical period, the production will be presented in early 17th-century French court style with beautiful gowns and stylized hair. UNT alumna and costume shop supervisor Suzanne Shockley will be designing costumes for the production, and alumnus Jeff Schmidt, a local theater artist based in Dallas, will be working as scenic designer.