NORTH SALEM, N.Y. – Cinderella’s pumpkin carriage will glide majestically across the stage of North Salem Middle/High School this weekend as students from grades six through 12, 76 kids in all, showcase their talents in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, “Cinderella.”
“I picked this show because we had the cast for it this year,” said Director Doug Coates. “I knew we had some voices, but I was shocked and stunned by some of the auditions. The audience will be equally stunned.”
It is uncommon for schools to include such a wide range of ages in their dramatic and musical productions, but “we do it all the time,” said Coates. “I was actually surprised we were granted the copyright for ‘Cinderella’ because the show is on Broadway right now,” Coates added. “But we’re doing the original, classic version, a TV movie starring Julie Andrews, which is somewhat different from the current Broadway version.”
The role of Cinderella will be played by Natalie Tiffany. Her real-life boyfriend, Dan Vazquez, plays Prince Charming. Coates confided that Vazquez auditioned at Tiffany’s urging. “It’s his first musical,” he said. “He was her boyfriend before we cast ‘Cinderella,’ so it wasn’t a ‘show-mance,’” Coates said.
Jason Teplensky will play the King, Cate Devey the Queen, Maddy Lenchner the Stepmother and Caitlin Franze the Godmother.
Coates said the set, designed by parent Lisa Harde, is a marvel. “It’s like a pop-up book, with things opening and closing and reversing and spinning and turning. Lisa designed Cinderella’s glass slippers as well, and they are stunning.”
The size of the cast required a large number of costumes -- 182½ in all.
“Cinderella” will be presented on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available at the North Salem High School main office.
North Salem Middle/High School is at 230 June Road, North Salem.
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