2018-03-15 / Living

FHS Theater department bringing Cinderella to the stage for spring musical


Halle Bartlett, playing Cinderella, rehearses in William H. Tunnicliff Auditorium last Wednesday. For this scene, Gibson involved Flushing elementary to play the mice. In total, there are five younger students involved in the production: Delaney Adams, a fourth grader; Charlotte Weaver, fourth grade; Avery Jones, third grade; and Kaitlynn Ortiz, fourth grade. Bailey Adams, a sixth grader, plays Charles the Cat and young Cinderella in the prologue. 
Photo provided Halle Bartlett, playing Cinderella, rehearses in William H. Tunnicliff Auditorium last Wednesday. For this scene, Gibson involved Flushing elementary to play the mice. In total, there are five younger students involved in the production: Delaney Adams, a fourth grader; Charlotte Weaver, fourth grade; Avery Jones, third grade; and Kaitlynn Ortiz, fourth grade. Bailey Adams, a sixth grader, plays Charles the Cat and young Cinderella in the prologue. Photo provided FLUSHING — The Flushing High School Theatre & Music Departments are presenting a beloved classic for their spring musical: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella (Enchanted Edition).”

The play features senior Halle Bartlett as the lead and features a large ensemble to perform music composed by Richard Rodgers.

The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical was originally broadcast on television in 1957 and starred Julie Andrews. It has since gone on to be re-made in both 1965 and 1997 – the latter being the Enchanted Edition and starring R&B singers Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as the Fairy Godmother.

The 1997 fantasy film premiered on ABC and won an Emmy Award. The musical is being presented through special arrangement with R&H Theatricals.

Performances for this production are Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, March 25, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. Tickets can be ordered online from https://whtauditorium.ludus.com/ or by calling the box office at 810-591-3763.

Performance dates are 7 p.m. on March 23; 7 p.m., Saturday, March 24; and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 25. The play is a collaborative effort between Lynda Gibson (stage director), Nate Degner (vocal director) and Matt Forsleff (orchestra conductor).

The choreographers for the production are two former theater students from Flushing High School: Hanna Machado, owner of the Dance Lab studio in Hadley, Michigan, and Alysia Mentula.

The musical stars Anna Hallwood as the Fairy Godmother, Cassidy Caulkins as the Stepmother, Tayler Swartz as Grace, Paige Albert as Joy, Noah Dougherty as Prince Christopher, Lexie Roberts as Queen Constantina, Jack Wheatley as King Maximillian and Lionel the Steward as Brady Reynolds.

The tale of “Cinderella” has its origins in Greek folklore and was canonized in popular culture following the 1950 Disney adaptation. It tells of a beautiful, isolated girl oppressed by her stepmother and stepsisters who dreams of making it to the ball and falling in love with a dashing prince. — S.T.

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