Raleigh Little Theatre: Cinderella


>>WELCOME TO “NORTH CAROLINA
WEEKEND.” I’M DEBORAH HOLT NOEL. THIS YEAR THE RALEIGH LITTLE
THEATRE IS CELEBRATING ITS 30th ANNIVERSARY PRODUCTION OF
“CINDERELLA.” FAMILIES WILL LOVE THIS MUSICAL
COMEDY EVENT, AND AS JULIA CARPENTER DISCOVERED, IT’S
BECOME QUITE A CHERISHED HOLIDAY TRADITION.>>EACH HOLIDAY SEASON, THIS
LOBBY IS BUSTLING WITH EXCITED CHILDREN, FAMILIES AND FRIENDS
ALL EAGERLY ANTICIPATING THE MUSICAL COMEDY “CINDERELLA.”>>RALEIGH LITTLE THEATRE IS ONE
OF THE NATION’S OLDEST COMMUNITY THEATRES AND HAS BEEN IN
OPERATION SINCE 1936. AND THIS YEAR WILL BE THE 30th
ANNIVERSARY PRODUCTION OF “CINDERELLA.” AND IN THAT TIME, OVER 10,000
PEOPLE HAVE SEEN JUST THIS PLAY. IT WAS FIRST DIRECTED BY OUR
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR HASKELL FITZ-SIMONS. AND HE DIRECTED THE FIRST 29
YEARS. AND HE PASSED AWAY THIS LAST
MAY. BUT WE’RE VERY EXCITED TO HAVE
ROD AND NANCY RICH DIRECTING THE PLAY. ROD WAS KING DARLING IN THE
1980s, SO IT’S WONDERFUL TO HAVE HIM BACK IN A DIFFERENT ROLE. AND WE THINK THIS IS JUST A
GREAT WAY TO CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS. WHETHER OR NOT YOUR FAMILY
CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS, THIS IS PART OF MANY FAMILIES’ HOLIDAY
SEASON, HOW THEY CELEBRATE IT TOGETHER. SO IT’S A VERY EXCITING
PRE-SHOW, TO SEE ALL THE YOUNG PEOPLE COME INTO THE THEATRE
DRESSED UP. AND YOU CAN JUST TELL HOW
EXCITED THEY ARE. AND THEY’RE THERE WITH THEIR
WHOLE FAMILIES. AND IT’S REALLY THAT UNIQUE KIND
OF SPECIAL EXPERIENCE WHERE CHILDREN, FOR THE FIRST TIME,
EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC OF THEATRE.>>RALEIGH LITTLE THEATRE HAS
THE VOLUNTEER SUPPORT OF PROFESSIONAL AND AMATEUR ACTORS,
WHO RETURN YEAR AFTER YEAR JUST FOR THE LOVE OF IT.>>WE WERE IN THE FIRST
PRODUCTION OF “CINDERELLA” HERE AT RLT. OF COURSE, LISA WAS PLAYING THE
TITLE ROLE. I WAS MERELY THE KING. AND IT HAD — NO FUTURE AS FAR
AS ANYBODY AT THE THEATRE KNEW. WE WERE JUST DOING, THAT THIS
WAS GOING TO BE THE KIDDY SHOW, AND IT WAS A ONE-OFF, WE
THOUGHT, AND HERE WE ARE 30 YEARS LATER, AND THEY’RE
STILL — THEY’RE STILL FILLING THAT PUMPKIN COACH.>>WITH THE STORY OF
“CINDERELLA,” THIS PRECIOUS, SWEET, LITTLE CHILD WHO WORKS
HERSELF TO DEATH WITH ALWAYS A POSITIVE SPIRIT, AND EVERYTHING
WORKS OUT BEAUTIFULLY IN THE END, AND THAT’S JUST — WE ALL
NEED THAT HOPEFUL STORY IN OUR LIVES. IT’S JUST A — IT’S JUST A
MAGICAL THING.>>LET’S GET A 21st CENTURY
UPDATE ON THIS CLASSIC CHILDREN’S STORY FROM TODAY’S
DIRECTORS.>>”CINDERELLA” IS ABOUT A GIRL
IN DIRE STRAITS. SHE’S STUCK IN A HOUSE WITH A
STEP-MAMA WHO DOESN’T REALLY LOVE HER AND TWO STEPSISTERS
THAT ARE JUST MEAN, MEAN PEOPLE, AND HAVE STRANGELY MASCULINE
CHARACTERISTICS. AND SHE HAS NO WAY OUT. AND SO THE ONLY — SHE HAS TO BE
RESCUED BY A FAIRY GODMOTHER, A MYSTIC CHARACTER WHO COMES FROM
THE ETHER AND ANSWERS HER DREAMS AND GETS HER THE HAPPY ENDING
THAT SHE TRULY DESERVES.>>WELL, WE WANT THE LITTLE
GIRLS TO LOVE THE BEAUTIFUL COSTUMES AND THE ROMANCE OF THE
STORY AND THE BEAUTIFUL STORYBOOK LOOK TO THE SET. BUT WE WANT THE LITTLE BOYS TO
ENJOY THE COMEDY. WE’VE DONE A LOT OF PHYSICAL
COMEDY THIS YEAR. LOTS OF PRATFALLS AND FUNNY
DANCES AND LADIES WHO ARE ACTUALLY GUYS DRESSED AS LADIES,
SO THAT ALWAYS ADDS KIND OF A FUNNY ELEMENT.>>SO WHAT’S IN THE PLAY FOR
ADULTS?>>WE DON’T WANT THE PARENTS TO
BE BORED. WE WANT THE PARENTS TO ENJOY. GO AHEAD.>>OH, NO. I’M SORRY. I AGREE WITH YOU. I THINK THAT THE BEST
ENTERTAINMENT FOR CHILDREN IS ENTERTAINMENT THAT THE WHOLE
FAMILY CAN FIND ACCESSIBLE. SO THEY CAN BRING THE LITTLE
ONES. THEY CAN BRING THE KIDS, AND THE
LITTLE GIRLS CAN LINE UP TO GET THE — YOU KNOW, TO TRY ON THE
SHOE, AND THE LITTLE BOYS CAN LAUGH AT IT, BUT THE ADULTS CAN
GO, OH, I SAW WHAT THEY DID THERE. THAT’S GOOD. SO THIS YEAR WE’RE GOING TO TRY
TO ENTERTAIN THE ENTIRE FAMILY.>>SO AFTER EACH PRODUCTION,
EVERYBODY IN THE AUDIENCE GETS A CHANCE TO MEET THE CHARACTERS. AND SO WHETHER THEY’RE REALLY
EXCITED TO MEET CINDERELLA OR THE UGLY STEPSISTERS, THEY CAN
GO UP TO THEM, ASK THEM QUESTIONS, GET AUTOGRAPHS, GET
THEIR PICTURES TAKEN, AND JUST THE ABSOLUTE JOY THAT COMES FROM
THAT EXPERIENCE IS REALLY REMARKABLE AND SO MUCH FUN TO
EXPERIENCE.>>WELL, THIS 30th ANNIVERSARY
PRODUCTION OF “CINDERELLA” IS A LITTLE BIT OF THE NEW AND A
LITTLE BIT OF THE OLD.>>IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN
“CINDERELLA” AT RALEIGH LITTLE THEATRE, THIS YEAR IT’S GOING TO
BE THE SAME OLD SHOW, BUT COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. IT’S A CLASSIC.>>PURE MAGIC. HURRY AND GET YOUR TICKETS NOW
FOR THE RALEIGH LITTLE THEATRE’S 30th ANNIVERSARY OF
“CINDERELLA.” FOR “NORTH CAROLINA WEEKEND” AND
THE PERFORMING ARTS, I’M JULIA CARPENTER.

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