Cinderella sweeps audiences off their feet

Cinderella sweeps audiences off their feet

By Shae Mitchell Fifty-eight students tried out for the fall play “Cinderella” this year, but auditioning for a play doesn’t mean you will be getting the part you want. “I don’t think anybody always gets the part they want,” Theatre Director Molly Thomas said. When some of the boys found out she would be casting

By Shae Mitchell

Fifty-eight students tried out for the fall play “Cinderella” this year, but auditioning for a play doesn’t mean you will be getting the part you want. “I don’t think anybody always gets the part they want,” Theatre Director Molly Thomas said. When some of the boys found out she would be casting boys to play the role of the stepsisters, many wanted to audition, but she could only choose two of them. This year’s fall show was very unique in that it was an “anachronistic fantasy comedy,” according to Thomas. This made for some hilarious opportunities.

Sophomore Harper Willmoth played the eldest stepsister, Priscilla, and junior Eli Diamant played the youngest sister, Penelope. Willmoth was aware that Thomas was casting boys as the stepsisters while Diamant was not. “When I was announced for the fall show, I asked right away, because I was nervous about the amount of boy roles,” Willmoth said. “I didn’t know. It was a surprise to me, but a good surprise. When I thought about it, I realized that it happened in the past and it’s a funny way to do the stepsisters,” Diamant said.

I asked senior Isabelle Schneider (who played the lead role) how the play went the first night. “It went really well, there weren’t any big mishaps and everyone worked good together especially the tech crew because the show has a lot of technical aspects and so all the techies did really well working together,” Schneider said. As we all know, sometimes being the main character has a lot of pressure behind it. “It’s a lot of pressure, but it’s really fun,” Schneider said. “This is my first time playing the lead at Lincoln High and so there is definitely a lot to do, but it sort of gives me a different perspective on working with the director because you get a lot of one on one with the director,” Schneider said. Schneider auditioned because she wanted to be in the play, but wasn’t expecting to get the role of Cinderella. “I was certainly hoping to get it, I mean who doesn’t want to be Cinderella? But I just auditioned to be in the show.”

She has been participating in theatre since her freshman year, but has been doing community theatre at the Haymarket since she was only nine years old. Tom Wiizki played the Prince, and Jocelyn Ernst and Andrew Miller-Schell played his parents, the King and Queen. Rosa Guerra also portrayed the evil stepmother, Baroness Ladianna Pousant sinisterly. Victoria McConnall took the role of the Fairy Godmother. The play also featured two narrators, played by Cat Nyberg and Marquetta Fronterhouse, who kept the audience laughing, as well as the mice (Joe Carter, Noah Radcliffe, and Emily Jobson) and and the lazy cat (Olivia Andrews). Ben Koch worked his magic again this year as technical director and set designer.

Cinderella debuted at Lincoln High in the Ted Sorensen Theatre on October 2nd and 3rd at 7:00 p.m., and also October 4th at 2:00 p.m. Tickets were sold at the doors for $5.00, or from any LHS Theatre student. “Its good, clean, wholesome fun, and its cheaper than a movie,” Thomas said. The cast and crew worked on the play for five to six weeks, and were ready to put on an amazing show for the students and families of Lincoln High. Thomas said they decided to do it this early because they have to set a calendar with the other fine arts. During auditions they warmed up with physical and creative exercises. Thomas made them act like characters from the play itself. Many did improv-ing, read from the script, and then Thomas was able to choose. Each cast member was really excited about this year’s fall play, because its different than the traditional Cinderella. There are lots of new incoming freshmen and it’s exciting to see what they were able to do with the show. The tech crew took the time and were able to build the carriage themselves. If anyone is interested in being involved with future plays or tech, they are welcomed. All of the upperclassmen are very helpful to those who are new to theatre. They can also find all the information they need to know about theatre, upcoming show’s, new projects, and everything else you want to know. All the information is on the bulletin board in the theatre hall.

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