New Pop-Rock Musical Version to premiere this fall live onstage
Infinity Stage is proud to announce the premiere performance of Cinderella, The New Musical, September 22-October 1, at the Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St., Old Town Alexandria. It’s a hip, witty version of Cinderella, written as much for adults as for kids. “This is a fresh, modern take of the classic tale, adapted by the famous Russian writer, Yevgeny Shvarts,” says local composer Steven W Rodgers. “It’s a pop/rock musical, with elements of jazz, blues and classical. Growing up, I was heavily influenced by Queen, the Beatles, Cole Porter and Mozart, so my scores are fairly eclectic, I think.” “…and the dancing will be just as eclectic as the music,” adds Cristina Cayere, who is staging and choreographing the show,“with grande waltzes, classic ballet, upbeat tap, some “Thriller” and Irish step dancing! It’s all in there! Steven’s music just makes you want to move! As Juliana and the costume mistresses add the layers of color and texture to costumes, the whole show becomes a treat for your ears, eyes, funny bone and heart!”
The charming array of characters includes Anna Maria C Shockey as Cinderella; Mike Baker, Jr as the befuddled King, who habitually throws his crown on the ground and threatens to go join a monastery whenever things don’t go his way; the Mistress of Ballroom Dancing (Carol Jean Clark), who uses only her ballet as a means of expressing herself, though always misinterpreted by the king; The Stepmother (Jacqueline Salvador), always trying to marry off her daughters, who dutifully takes notes of even the most insignificant signs of attention from the Prince (Christopher Scott Miller); the Stepmother’s star-struck daughters, Anna and Sara (Elizabeth Colandene & Julie Britt), Cinderella’s father, The beleaguered Forest Keeper (Frank Riley), who’s always inventing excuses to escape his domineering wife; and the innocent young Page (Harry MacInnis), intern to the Fairy Godmother (Dorian Mroz), who helps Cinderella throughout with his rudimentary attempts at magic, often failing, but showing us all that his heart is in the right place. Rounding out the cast are: nine-year-old Lynnea Mae Szklany as the Pumpkin, Rae Venna as the magician, Zeke Buckholz and Jake Ehrlich as the palace guards, Elijah Davis as the Coachman, Jennifer Stokes as featured dancer, and Daniel Schaub as the Minister of Protocol.
Parking is free at the Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St., Old Town Alexandria. Premium seating and special ticket prices are now available at www.InfinityStage.com. $15-35 online, $20-$40 at the door.