Parkway Playhouse Junior Presents Disney’s Cinderella KIDS!

Disney's Cinderella KIDSParkway Playhouse will open its 2015 Season with a production of Disney’s Cinderella KIDS, an adaptation of the classic animated film, performed by students between the ages of 4 and 13 in the Parkway Playhouse Junior spring production class. Performances will be on April 24 and 25 at 6:00pm at the historic theatre located at 202 Green Mountain Drive in Burnsville.  Tickets for the performances range  from $5.50 to $11. All tickets are general admission with no reserved seating and will be available exclusively at the door.

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Parkway Playhouse Junior student, Caleb Garland, rehearsing his scene as the Prince preparing for the Royal Ball. Photograph by Rob Storrs copyright © Rob Storrs 2015

Mary Katherine Smith-Gall, Parkway Playhouse’s Director of Education, directs a cast of 16 through the classic fairy tale about a young girl who is woefully mistreated by her wicked stepmother and equally mean stepsisters who conspire to keep her from attending a royal ball.   With a little help from some friendly mice and a large dose of magic from her kindly fairy godmother, Cinderella is transformed,  attends the ball, meets the prince, and her dreams come true.  The production features music from the classic Disney film, including songs like “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” and the catchy “Bippidi-Boppidi-Boo”, and is an enchanting story told by our community’s next generation.  Amy Weinmeister, who has danced locally with the High Country Youth Ballet and Appalachian Dance Theatre, has choreographed the produciton and Andrea Bailey, a long-serving Teaching Artist with Parkway Playhouse Junior provides music direction.

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The stepmother (Lily Polgar) desperately trying to prevent her daughters, Anastasia (Lynlee Johnson) and Drizella (Elsa Hall) from forgetting their manners in front of the Prince at the Royal Ball. Photograph by Rob Storrs copyright © Rob Storrs 2015

Parkway Playhouse Junior is a theatre arts education program for preschool through high school students. At Parkway Playhouse Junior, students work together creatively to make compelling and imaginative choices both on stage and behind the scenes. Instructors encourage budding performers to reflect on the world in inventive ways through movement, song, props, and all aspects of theatre. Students form lasting friendships, learn well-rounded technique, and develop a deep appreciation for the performing arts in a fun, nurturing environment. The award-winning program and nationally recognized instruction serves to prepare students for the future by developing collaboration skills, confidence, and creativity.  The program was established in 2010 by Parkway Playhouse, an award-winning theatre company located in Burnsville, NC.

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Perla the Mouse (Burdie Lopez-Ibanoz) listening closely to Cinderella as she sings the beautiful song, “A Dream Is A Wish” to all her little mouse friends. Photograph by Rob Storrs copyright © Rob Storrs 2015

Parkway Playhouse Junior Students are also preparing an all student production of the Broadway Musical Annie Jr. which will be performed at Parkway Playhouse in May.  This summer local students will have the opportunity to be a part of Parkway Playhouse Junior’s The Lion King Experience summer camp.  Students who register for this unique production camp will explore storytelling and stagecraft techniques using licensed materials from the global blockbuster The Lion King. For more information about our Junior programming, CLICK HERE.

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Photograph by Rob Storrs copyright © Rob Storrs 2015

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Parkway Playhouse, located in the Appalachian town of Burnsville, NC, is a haven of theatre talent. While people come to the mountains to get away, Parkway Playhouse is a natural gathering place to connect. Likewise, we are an extension of traditional mountain talents: singing, dancing, and, foremost, storytelling. By giving rise to energetic new voices and through a wide variety of plays and musicals, we invite our audience into experiences that are thought-provoking, adventurous, and entertaining. Together we reimagine the world in every live performance, creating dynamic conversations that last far beyond the curtain call. This blog is will feature stories, helpful information, insight and features about the performances.

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