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Henry Players’ ‘Cinderella’ opens Thursday
by Christine Fonville
February 18, 2014 03:22 PM | 2532 views | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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From left, Elise Dotson, as one of the stepsisters, and Heather Shepherd, as Cinderella, rehearse a scene for director Teresa Moore.
Staff / Katherine Frye / From left, Elise Dotson, as one of the stepsisters, and Heather Shepherd, as Cinderella, rehearse a scene for director Teresa Moore.
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Beginning Thursday, Henry County residents can enjoy singing, dancing and a new spin on an old favorite during the Henry Players’ performance of “A Tale of Cinderella.”

The play, which will run Thursday through Sunday, features a few changes to the traditional Disney version.

“One big difference in our show is the extra characters,” said director Teresa Moore. “In this production, Cinderella’s father is alive and an important member of the cast and Prince Charming has a god-papa to go along with our heroine’s god-mama.”

The adaptation of the classic fairy tale, written by W.A. Frankonis with music and lyrics by Will Severin and George David Weiss, is set in Venice, Italy, with choreography by Elise Dotson, who plays one of Cinderella’s evil stepsisters.

Dotson said she enjoyed working behind the scenes to help the play come together.

“Helping design the movements and seeing how the play came together both on the stage and off of the stage was a fun experience,” she said.

Although the cast and crew said the recent treacherous weather was a setback when it came to rehearsals, they haven’t let the snow stop them.

“We starting practicing in November and I’ve been very proud, from a director’s standpoint, with how the cast has come together,” Moore said. “They really know their characters and are ready to perform.”

The show, designed for the whole family to enjoy, also has an important message for its audience.

“In our version of the tale, Cinderella isn’t as sweet and subservient and is much more empowered,” said Heather Shepherd, who is playing the lead role.

Moore and Shepherd agreed the play had a distinct anti-bullying lesson.

“I loved working on this play because Cinderella really stands up for herself and what she believes in,” Moore said. “It lets the audience know that good things will happen through perseverance and making the right decisions.”

The cast includes Aaron Laine, Mallory Arrington, Jasmine Hughey, Jill Shedd, Brian Walsh and Zachary Stutts.

Tickets can be purchased at www.henryplayers.com, from any cast member or at the door.

If you go
What: “A Tale of Cinderella”
When: Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Where: Henry County Performing Arts Center, 37 Lemon St., McDonough
Cost: $12
Information: www.henryplayers.com.

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