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A prince with crazy break-dance moves? Three stepsisters named Matilda, Griselda and Frump? A Fairy Godfather? This is definitely not the traditional “Cinderella” story.
Carroll County Middle School’s first-year drama club presents a modernized, comedic version of the classic fairy tale at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $3 for adults, $1 for students.
“I wanted a story that was familiar to them, but that we could show in a new way because this is their first experience with theater for most of them,” director Whitney Christensen said.
While students’ parents helped produce “Grease” last year, this is the first production by the school and its drama club. The club is made up of 40 students, both actors and tech people.
Christensen, who is the seventh grade language arts teacher as well as the drama club sponsor, thinks it is important for students to be exposed to theater.
“(My favorite part is) watching the talent come alive in some of these kids who have never been on stage before,” she said. “It gives them a chance to shine in a way they don’t get to academically.”
Kassidy Perry, 14, joined the drama club because she wanted to do something new.
“I want(ed) to do something more than stay in the house all the time,” she said.
Kiana Benhoff, 13, said she has always been interested in acting.
“I feel like I can express myself in a different way on stage,” she said.
Christensen pointed out that it wasn’t just the actors who helped make the play a reality.
“The tech people have been very important, and we couldn’t have done it without them,” she said.
Tyler Hortenbery, 12, also wanted to thank Christensen for all of her help with the production.
“I speak for the whole drama club when I say we worked really hard to perform this for (the audience), and we couldn’t have done this without Ms. C’s help,” he said.
Hortenbery also said he hopes the community comes out to support the play because it would make them want to perform again next year. Benhoff said the play is not the Disney version, and it is not what people will expect.
“I think it will be really enjoyable,” she said. “Besides that, it’s funny, and it has a good moral. It teaches that everyone is equal.”