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May 1, 2012

Baldwin's ‘Cinderella’ ready to enchant

MILLEDGEVILLE — Ever since it debuted on television in 1957 with Julie Andrews in the lead role, Rodgers and Hammerstein's “Cinderella” has entranced audiences of all ages.

The Baldwin High School Theater will present the beloved musical Thursday, May 3 through Saturday, May 6 in the Baldwin Fine Arts Center. Showtimes are 7 p.m. each day with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students. A special VIP ticket is available for $10 for Saturday’s matinee, which includes special seating and a meet-and-greet with the cast after the performance.

With such songs as “In My Own Little Corner,” “Ten Minutes Ago” and “Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful,” the magical fairy tale of Cinderella is marked with the originality, charm and elegance of Rodgers and Hammerstein. The 1957 TV production was the most widely viewed program at the time in the history of the medium.

It was recreated in 1965 with Lesley Ann Warren, introducing another generation to the magic of the kingdom where dreams come true. Another remake in 1997 starred Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as the Fairy Godmother. This production is based on the most recent teleplay.

Adapted for the stage with warmth and humor, the show can still make the hearts of children and adults alike soar when the slipper fits.

Baldwin High Director Anna Brock said the show has been near and dear to her for a long time.

“The first theater production I ever saw a recording of as a child was the 1965 production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘Cinderella,’” she said. “It was one of my mother’s favorite shows, and it quickly became one of my own.”

Brock said it has been a delight to bring the story to life again with her student cast of 39 and crew of 15 that includes Ashley Butts as Cinderella, Patrick Kelsey and Marcelles Lowery as Prince Christopher, Kennedy Singleton as the Fairy Godmother, Rainy Norris as the Stepmother and Shawndra Armstrong and Ashley Phillips as the Stepsisters.

“These kids have worked so hard, and it really shows,” Brock said. “But most importantly, they're having fun, and I hope the audience will be able to share that with them.”

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