On May 16 and 17 Colonial Beach High School Theater presented Ruth Newton’s Cinderella. They received their performance license from the Samuel French Company. In this version, Cinderella has a wicked Stepmother as well as three wicked stepsisters: Matilda, Griselda, and Francelda. Cinderella is aided by her Fairy Godmother. She gives Cinderella a coach, horses, a beautiful dress, and (eventually) shoes.
At the ball, the Prince is kept company by his friends the Lady Prime Minister and the Duchess. At first he must dance with a very foolish Lady who is not very honest. But then he meets Cinderella and finds someone who is truly wise, honest, and beautiful. Cinderella is swept off her feet by the Prince, but must run off when the clock begins striking midnight.
In the last scene, despite the efforts of her wicked stepmother and stepsisters, Cinderella is finally reunited with the Prince and they go off to plan a wedding. First, however, Cinderella gets her Fairy Godmother to make her stepmother and stepsisters into nicer people. Everyone, it is presumed, lives happily ever after.
The actors and stage crew involved in the play ranged from 6th grade to 12th grade. Together with their director, Jennifer Haas, the students worked diligently to bring out their characters, learn their lines, and learn how to move around the stage. The stage crew was efficient and quiet, making their essential role in the play hardly noticeable. One of the most challenging aspects for many of the actors was the audience interaction. This version of the play required the actors to speak with, and get responses from, the audience. In the end, the students were able to master this skill and the audience enjoyed being part of the fun. Both nights of the performance were well done and the audience had a great time taking pictures with their favorite characters afterwards.