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The magic of ‘Cinderella’ brought to life
SoVaNow.com / June 28, 2012“Impossible, for a plain yellow pumpkin to become a golden carriage”…or is it?
Audiences who have seen The Prizery’s production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” know the answer, but for those of you who haven’t, we’ll fill you in on a few secrets without giving too much away.
Designers Ron Miller (scenic), Ernelle Bellamy (lighting, sound) and Ginny Bogart (costumes), along with director Chris Jones and the “Zanies and Fools” he recruited from the local community and several colleges have truly worked their collective magic to bring this fantasy to life.
The art style of this production is based on Fractured Fairy Tales (think 1950s Retro and “Rocky & Bullwinkle”).
“I wanted something that hadn’t been done thousands of times before. Everyone does French Provencial with the story, but I hoped to create more of a fantasy,” explains Miller. With a versatile set, vibrant colors, some magically opening windows (courtesy of some furry friends) and a couple of other surprises, the audience is transported into the fantastical world of “Cinderella.”
In addition to creating the lighting and sound design for the production, Ernelle Bellamy also took the lead in set construction. The movement of the well-constructed set pieces is almost another show in itself! In keeping with the overall style, audiences can look forward to interesting use of color and some special lighting effects as well.
Ginny Bogart’s costumes for “Cinderella” – and there are about 100 of them – include mice, a skunk, Royal Family attire and a special, hand crafted ball gown for the girl who eventually steals Prince Charming’s heart. Bogart created the sage satin gown with gold embroidery specifically for Jocelyn Lonquist, the actress in the title role, taking into account how quickly her transformation from house servant to princess would have to take place.
Speaking of transformations … with lighting, projections, animation, a flurry of animals, some “Fol-De-Rol and Fiddle Dee Dee,” a bit of magic and the audience’s imagination, perhaps the plain yellow pumpkin becomes a golden carriage. Perhaps the four white mice become four white horses. Impossible? Quite possible! For as the song states, “Impossible things are happening every day.”
Come see for yourself as performances of “Cinderella” continue in the Chastain Theatre at The Prizery June 30 and July 1 at 3 p.m., and June 28-30 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available in person at The Prizery box office, by phone at (434) 572-8339, or online at http://www.prizery.com.