Jamestown High School is pleased to present this year’s musical, Cinderella. Performances will be held at the Reg Lenna Civic Center on March 22nd and 23rd at 7:30 p.m. and March 24th at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Reg Lenna Civic Center Box at 484-7070.
As part of the musical experience the cast has participated in community outreach programs including a Breakfast with Cinderella, a “wedding ceremony” at the Sheldon House, a visit to Buffalo’s Children’s Hospital and a Coloring and Essay Contest.
“It is so important that the students perform this kind of community outreach and this year’s musical, Cinderella is the perfect vehicle as it appeals to so many people, especially children,” said Director Michele Constantino, who has directed JHS musicals for 25 years. “We also want students to see a world outside of their own.”
In February, 160 people, primarily children, attended the Breakfast with Cinderella. The cast performed a ceremony transforming children into princesses and knights for a day, presenting everyone with a crown and providing horse and carriage rides. That evening, a “wedding reception” between Cinderella and Prince Charming was held at the Sheldon House to a capacity crowd. Both experiences gave many children and adults the occasion to meet famous characters and the cast the opportunity to practice their characters in an interactive environment.
Cinderella (Jennie Cross) and Prince Charming (Mark Brombacher) also visited Children’s Hospital and spread some fairy tale cheer. They visited different departments and handed out autographs and took photographs with the children.
“I love performing in the musical and work together as a team to create something bigger than just what you can do as an individual,” said JHS senior Jennie Cross, who plays Cinderella and has performed the last three years in JHS musicals. “Doing Cinderella this year has been so much fun, especially all of the community events. The children really believe that I am Cinderella and something like Children’s Hospital really gives you a perspective on the outside world. I really saw how much it meant to them that we visited.”
The musical also held a coloring contest with entries still being judged and an essay contest with the theme: “if you could grant a wish to anyone, anywhere…who and what would be the wish?” The winner of the essay contest was Persell Middle School sixth grader Alicia Rensel.
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella is a musical written for television, with music by Richard Rodgers and a book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. It is based upon the fairy tale Cinderella. The story concerns a young woman forced into a life of servitude by her cruel stepmother and self-centered stepsisters, who dreams of a better life. With the help of her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella is transformed into a Princess and finds her Prince. Cinderella is the only Rodgers and Hammerstein musical written for television. It was originally broadcast live on CBS in 1957 as a vehicle for Julie Andrews, who played the title role.
Cinderella- Jennie Cross
Prince Charming – Mark Brombacher
The King – Oliver Burdo
The Queen – Morgan Deppas
The Stepmother – Danielle Guichard
Portia – Marisa Pope
Joy – Alex Hoaglund
Fairy Godmother – Lillie Gabreski
The Herald – Shaquille Pearson-Kinsey
The Cook – Mark Soderberg
The Steward – Joel Allport-Cohoon
Michele Constantino, Director
Meghan Bolling-Murray, Orchestra Conductor
Mitchell Alpaugh, Accompanist/Musical Director