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FHS Theatre “Cinderella” performances begin today

Full stage with orchestra during FHS's Cinderella dress rehearsal (February 22, 2017). Photo: Discover Ferndale

Ferndale High School Theater will be presenting the modern version of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” this week and next.

Those who have attended previous years’ FHS performances will continue to be impressed by the high level of talent and production quality brought forth by the students.

Over 100 students are involved in the cast, crew, orchestra and stage. This includes over a dozen stage hands responsible for moving the many stage structures strategically on cue during the fast-pace production that has only a few curtain pulls.

An orchestra pit has been built at the front of the stage providing powerful live music from the several dozen string, horn and percussion performers.

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According to the Ferndale School District website,

Originally, Rodgers & Hammerstein sat down to write Cinderella as an original musical for television in 1957. It was remade twice for television in 1965, then again in 1997. Theaters then began to present it on stage. Then in 2013, and new Tony Award-winning Broadway version of the musical was developed and produced with modern audiences in mind. Magic is present, but the characters take charge of their own lives and destinies with hilarious new characters and an updated script! They learn that “anything is possible” and to treat others around them with “kindness.”

Due to licensing constraints due to the professional production of “Cinderella” being on tour right now, restrictions were made on the advertising of the FHS production. Hence the many posters around town referring to “Don’t Miss the Magic” instead of “Cinderella.”

Performances are scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week and next. Times are at 7pm all days with special matinees at 2:30pm on Saturdays. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for students and senior citizens and $5 for children ages 2-6.

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