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Adapted by John B. Davidson
Original Music and Arrangements by Victor Zupanc
Directed by Peter C. Brosius
Choreography by Linda Talcott Lee
Music Direction by Jason Hansen
UnitedHealth Group Stage

You’re invited to a beautiful Victorian Holiday party—but be prepared to check your coat, and all sense of tradition, at the door. You have NO IDEA WHAT YOU’RE IN FOR HERE! Join us for this high-spectacle, glamorously shameless comedy where anything can happen. We’re really not supposed to say, but there may be… A kiss cam? Cake? T-shirt cannons? Jokes ripped straight from the headlines? Absolutely yes! With a track list filled with modern pop hits and an updated script that spins stunning elegance into madcap, sidesplitting comedy at high speed, this is one party you won’t want to miss!

Performance Description

CTC’s Cinderella is a musical performed by a large cast comprised of both adult and student actors with a live orchestra. Set pieces, costumes, and props are elaborate with several changes in scenery throughout the show. Actors address the audience and invite participation throughout. In the British tradition of holiday pantomime, this production is a story-within-a-story, interspersed with holiday music.

This production takes place on our UnitedHealth Group Stage, which seats up to 745 people per performance.

We know that teachers are the best judge to determine the right fit for their unique group of students. We recommend Cinderella for students in Kindergarten-12th grade due to the length of this performance. Check out the synopsis and content advisories for full information. 

Approximate run time: 2 hours including intermission.

Run time and other details are subject to change during rehearsal process.

Plot synopsis

Caution: this is a complete synopsis of the play, so it is full of spoilers.

Lights rise on a Victorian Christmas party. A family is singing a traditional Christmas carol. As they sing, guests begin to arrive. The host begins to tell the children at party the story of Cinderella. As he tells it, a curtain rises and we see the kitchen of the home where Cinderella lives with her stepmother and stepsisters. It is morning and, as usual, the stepsisters, Dorcas and Pearl, are ordering Cinderella around. We learn that since their mother married Cinderella’s father, Cinderella has been reduced to a position of servitude–forced to cook and clean and be at her stepsisters’ beck and call.

The stepmother reads in the newspaper that the prince, who has reached marrying age, is throwing a ball for all eligible women in the kingdom. Moments later, the mail is delivered containing invitations to the ball for all of the ladies of the house including Cinderella. But Cinderella’s stepmother tells her she can only go if she finishes her work and can find something appropriate to wear. Cinderella is left alone, uncertain how she will ever finish all of her work or find something to wear. Her friends, the birds and the mice, appear. They lead her to a trunk in a closet. Inside the trunk is a beautiful dress that belonged to Cinderella’s mother before she died. Delighted, Cinderella puts on the dress and begins to anticipate the fun of attending the ball. However, she’s still not sure how she will get all of her work done. There is a knock on the door. It is a woman begging for food and warmth. Cinderella invites her inside to warm herself by the fire and offers to share her small bowl of soup with her. In a moment of magic, the beggar woman waves a wand and all of Cinderella’s chores are done. The woman disappears before Cinderella can thank her. Cinderella is thrilled—now she can go to the ball!

We return to the scene of the Victorian Christmas Party. The children listening to the story are happy that it looks like Cinderella will attend the ball. They sing another Christmas carol as the party continues. The curtain rises again and we see Dorcas and Pearl getting ready for the ball and running Cinderella ragged with their insistence that she help them prepare. Once they are finally ready, Cinderella appears in her mother’s dress, tells her stepmother that she has finished her chores, and asks if she can attend the ball. But the stepsisters tear Cinderella’s dress to shreds and the stepmother rips up her invitation! As they leave for the ball, Cinderella is left alone and in despair.

Back at the Victorian party, a little girl listening to the story begins to cry—she is sad that Cinderella won’t be able to go to the ball. Her father comforts her, telling her to keep listening….the story isn’t over yet!

Back in the kitchen, Cinderella lies weeping on the floor in the tattered remains of her mother’s dress. The beggar woman appears again. She tells Cinderella that she has the power to make Cinderella’s dreams come true and urges Cinderella to follow her into the garden. There, the beggar woman transforms into Cinderella’s fairy godmother and, with a wave of her wand, transforms a pumpkin into a coach and mice into horses and presents Cinderella with a beautiful gown to wear to the ball. As Cinderella prepares to leave, the fairy godmother warns her that she must return home by midnight. At midnight, the magic will end, and all of Cinderella’s fine things will disappear.

At the palace, the prince is introduced to all of the eligible women in the room. He is polite, but it is obvious that none of them interest him. The stepmother and Dorcas and Pearl arrive, disrupting the ball with their rude manners and blatant attempts to woo the prince. Suddenly, Cinderella appears and the prince is immediately taken with her beauty and grace. Forgetting all of the other guests, he spends the rest of the night dancing with Cinderella. Then, as the clock begins to strike midnight, Cinderella flees. The prince is distraught that he has lost her, but when he finds her glass slipper on the stairs, he vows to search the kingdom until her finds her.

Back at the house the next morning, the stepmother, Dorcas, and Pearl are bemoaning the fact that they were entirely overshadowed at the ball by the beautiful stranger who appeared and captivated the prince. When they hear Cinderella humming a song from the night before under her breath, they realize she is the girl from the ball! They lock her in the closet and hide the key. Just then, the Lord High Chamberlain appears at the door. He has been sent by the prince to have every woman in the kingdom try on the glass slipper. Dorcas and Pearl try everything they can think of to get the shoe to fit, but they fail- just as the Lord High Chamberlain is leaving, the mice find the key to the closet and free Cinderella. She tries on the slipper, and it fits perfectly. Leaving her stepmother and stepsisters aghast at the turn of events, Cinderella heads to the castle to be reunited with the prince.

At the Victorian Christmas party, the little girl is delighted at the happy ending to Cinderella’s story.

At the palace, as punishment for their treatment of Cinderella, the stepmother and stepsisters have been put to work, cleaning and preparing for Cinderella’s wedding. Cinderella and the prince enter and exchange their vows. Afterwards, Cinderella forgives her stepmother and stepsisters for their cruelty and invites them to share in her happiness. They join in the wedding festivities as Cinderella and the prince celebrate their marriage.

Content Advisories

Language: 2 stars
Cinderella is called mean names by her stepsisters including wretch, floozy, hot mess, pig, guttersnipe, and hussy. Pearl calls Dorcus ugly and “SpongeBabe Dorkpants.”

Themes and Situations: 2 stars
Cinderella is an orphan. Her stepmother and stepsisters are mean to her.

Violence & Scariness: 1 star
The stepsisters tear Cinderella’s dress. Stepsisters locks Cinderella in the broom closet.

Sensory Advisories: 2 stars
Volume will be high during musical numbers. There are many moments of audience interactions, and the performance ends in a dance party.

Potentially Anxious Moments: 2 stars
Volunteers are called up onstage from the audience to help the stepsisters try on the glass slipper. There are many moments of audience interactions and the performance ends in a dance party.

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