From the people who brought you “Showboat” and “Carousel” comes Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella in Vancouver for a limited engagement! If you’re looking for a fun night out with the family, this is the show to attend!
Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella | The Story
This production tells the classic story of Ella the Cinder girl, but with a bit of a twist! She finds herself the servant in her Father’s household after his death, but her ugly stepsisters aren’t as cruel as some of the films have portrayed. She dreams of a life where she can do something significant and is known for her gentle kindness among the villagers. Prince Topher on the other hand doesn’t know what he wants to do with his life. He is unknowingly being controlled by his chief of staff and isn’t challenged in how he lives his life until he meets a girl in stunning glass slippers at a party.
Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella | The Review
Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella is lighthearted and enjoyable. It is not a show that requires you to bring tissues in your purse or that leaves you emotionally stunted for days following. It’s good fun and completely appropriate, making it the perfect production to bring your younger children to! The songs are catchy, the costumes bright, and the story easy to follow along with.
Tatyana Lubov was perfectly cast as Ella, balancing both the gentle disposition and internal strength the character needs. Hayden Stanes voice seemed effortless and he provided wonderful comic relief with his various idiotic realizations. Chris Woods was a wonderfully surprising addition to the story as Jean-Michel, a revolutionary who is fighting for change in his town. Although I had never seen this character in the story of Cinderella before, the production would not have been as good without him. He is the classic example of an actor given a smaller role who draws all eyes to him when on stage. There were no weak members of the cast. Each member of the ensemble has a distinct character personality and it made their expressions a joy to witness.
Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella is in Vancouver until April 16th and then heads East to Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta. Tickets are as affordable as it comes for a performance of this caliber starting at just over $30.00 for the back of the balcony. If you’re considering introducing your children to the wonderful world of the theatre arts, Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella is a great first show! Tickets are still available!