The story of Cinderella gets a fresh spin when Arden Children’s Theatre presents this classic tale, starting on November 28.
In this version, Cinderella is extremely feisty, the stepsisters are twins, the prince plays a larger role than usual and Mozart makes an appearance.
When it comes to children’s fare, the Arden Theatre Company looks to bring stories vividly alive in surprising ways, and if your impression of Cinderella is based on the Disney version, be advised, this is a moodier production.
The Arden’s take on the tale comes wrapped in an enchanting atmosphere where special effects include shadow puppetry and a magic lantern set.
Of course, the basics of Cinderella remain the same. There’s still a fairy godmother, a pumpkin carriage and a royal ball. The Prince wants to find the lovely lass whose foot fits in the glass slipper. The Arden isn’t messing with the heart of the tale. But it has crafted an adventurous adaptation that includes opportunities for the young ones to actively participate in the show.
The show makes for a splendid family outing, and thanks to a generous grant from Target, it’s more affordable with a 50% discount two-for-one deal in which tickets are $8-$18 for Friday 7 p.m. shows on November 30, December 7, 14, 21 and January 4, 18, 25, plus Saturday, December 2 at noon and 4 p.m.
Arden Theatre Company presents Cinderella
When: November 28–
January 27, 2013 extended through February 3!
Where: 40 N. 2 Street
More info: www.ardentheatre.org